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A Second Quadrille Set to Start the Joyce Theater Season

The coming season at the Joyce Theater will include the returns of Twyla Tharp and the “NY Quadrille,” as well as a dance play starring James Whiteside and a debut program from Beth Gill.

To inaugurate the season in late September, five companies and choreographers, including Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M., Ms. Gill and the Donna Uchizono Company, will join together for the second edition of “NY Quadrille,” organized and designed by Lar Lubovitch, UCI Distinguished Professor of Dance. As it was for the first “Quadrille,” a special stage will be constructed for the three-week engagement to allow the audience to view the performances from four sides.


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FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "The Greatest Show at UCI"

CREDITS CAST:

THE SHOWMEN (In Order of Appearance)
Trystan Colburn
Tina Pham
Kenai Gonzales

FEATURED SINGER
Emily Johnson-Frantz (Standing in for Olivia Pech)

FEATURED DANCERS
Alyssa Corella
Anna Reiser
Cayla Flagg
Hannah Lafferty
Lilla Lavanakul
Makeila Lee

DANCERS
Abby Martinez
Alyssa Corella
Anna Reiser
Cayla Flagg
Daphnie Rivera
Elijah Punzal
Emily Johnson
Eunice S. Martinez
Hannah Lafferty
Hannah Limon
Junna Saito
Kirsten Lange
Lia Prindle
Lilla Lavanakul
Lydia Nyingi
Makeila Lee
Raymond King
Sarajane Bradford
Tiffany Hui
Trystan Colburn
Xinyuan Ye

VOCALIST ENSEMBLE
Adrian Snuffer
Alec Risley
Ali Rostami
Alyssa Marie Corella
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Center Stage: Alvin Ailey American Dance Dazzles at Segerstrom Center

This opening night for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts was different than others. There was the same buzzing energy and the house was packed, as usual, but as the lights dimmed and straggling audience members rushed to take their seats, a sentimental mood set in.

It was announced that the company would perform the show in dedication to the late Donald McKayle, a renowned choreographer who set numerous works for the company. McKayle, a longtime dance teacher at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, had just passed away a week earlier.


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UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names the Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipients

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names the Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipients

The Department of Dance Honors Laman Musayeva and Rachel Wu

Irvine, Calif., May 3, 2018 – The Department of Dance in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine announces their annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award recipients are fourth-year dance students Laman Musayeva and Rachel Wu. The annual scholarship is given to students for excellence in dance, choreography, and music. The students will be honored at the upcoming Claire Trevor School of the Arts Scholarship breakfast at the Claire Trevor Theatre on Friday, May 11, 2018. 

“Rachel and Laman were selected for this award by the Dance faculty.  We based our decision on Rachel and Laman's demonstrated skills in dance technique and overall excellence as students and emerging artists,” said Lisa Naugle, Chair of the Department of Dance. “
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Remembering Donald McKayle

Donald McKayle was a legend in dance, with a long list of accolades, awards and accomplishments well-documented after his recent passing. But those of us who were lucky enough to be his students, either in a classroom or rehearsal studio, know he displayed his greatest talent in his role of master teacher.

here are hundreds, if not thousands, of dancers around the world who were lucky enough to work with him and many have stories they'd like to share. These are not necessarily stories of a man who won Tonys or broke through walls in the world of modern dance, but stories of their teacher, Donald McKayle.

I am one of them. I met Mr. McKayle in 2004 when I was a graduate student in dance at the University of California, Irvine. I was his teaching assistant for two years while studying at UCI and, upon graduation, he asked me to begin restaging his works around the country.

He was also the man who performed the wedding ceremony for my husband and me. I'll never
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A scientist in the dance studio

A Scientist in the Dance Studio

When you think of the artistry of dance, it probably conjures thoughts of bodies in motion in theatres and rehearsal studios and not stark white stem cell research laboratories or clinics; for Dr. Kelli Sharp, it does. For her, it is just another day in the classroom and at the office.

We recently sat down with Dr. Sharp to find out how she integrates her two passions as a scientist in a world of artists as she prepares to be a first-time artistic director for the upcoming Dance Escape 2018 graduate student choreography concert.

UCI Arts: What sparked your interest in in dance science? Can you tell us more about your work with integrating dance and science?
Dr. Kelli Sharp: As a child through young adulthood, I danced and acquired a love of movement. The study of movement for me began in the studio, but quickly
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