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Announcement: Donald McKayle Invited To Return

ANNOUNCEMENT: DONALD MCKAYLE INVITED TO RETURN

IRVINE, Calif. (January 8, 2016) - American dance legend Donald McKayle, who has received numerous arts awards and honors worldwide over his six-decade career, and who is a longtime member of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ nationally-renown Dance department, has been invited to continue his work as a choreographer and teacher with the Étude Ensemble, the UCI student group he formed in the School of the Arts and with which he has worked closely in recent years.

UCI has been honored and deeply privileged to have counted Donald McKayle among its most distinguished faculty. Though he officially retired in 2010, Donald has been welcomed back annually since then to choreograph and teach; he is currently preparing two pieces for the UCI Dance Visions concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in early February.

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is delighted that, by arrangement with
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UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Video

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Video (click here if the above image doesn't work)

Credits:
Bryan Jackson, Director
Quyen Tran, Director of Photography
Austin Kearsley, Editor
Steve Chieh-Wei Chiu, Composer

Special thanks to Steve Zylius and UCI Strategic Communications for all their assistance!
 


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New dance outreach program connects underprivileged youth to UC Irvine

 

NEW DANCE OUTREACH PROGRAM CONNECTS UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH TO UC IRVINE PROVIDING AN ARTISTIC GATEWAY TO HIGHER EDUCATION

IRVINE, Calif. (August 6, 2015) -  Premiering next week is a newly emerged dance outreach program that seeks to establish a bond between underprivileged youth from Orange County and UC Irvine. The program, by the name of “Shining Stars” Summer Dance Program, is dedicated to providing an intimate, non-competitive, and free dance training experience for children ages 5 -12 years old.

Program founders Irishia Hubbard, current UCI undergraduate who is majoring in both Dance Choreography and Education, and Nicole Rivor, recent UCI graduate with a BFA in Dance Performance, created the program to show children the future they can have through the art of dance, and to show them what UC Irvine’s dance program can do to get you there.

Hubbard, who currently teaches at several studios around Orange County and
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CTSA Launches Registration for 2015 Summer Academies in the Arts

 

CTSA Launches Registration for 2015 Summer Academies in the Arts for High School and Middle School Students

IRVINE, Calif., (February 6, 2015) – The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine launched registration for its 2015 Summer Academies in the Arts today. The Academies are part of a movement by the school to provide meaningful opportunities for the community to engage with the arts on campus at UCI and to contribute to youth development. These college and career preparatory intensives for high school and middle school students, and exploratory arts and learning camps for elementary school students, enhance students’ 21st century skills, and support college and career goals, self-confidence and leadership.

Talented and motivated students get practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by experienced undergraduate and graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in some cases
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UCI’s Dance Department Offers a Unique Look at Dance Visions 2015

IRVINE, Calif. (February 3, 2014) – Dance Visions 2015 prepares to illuminate audiences with a mixture of new choreography and the re-staging of an American classic. This exceptional performance is being presented by the UCI Dance Department as a part of their 50th anniversary celebration for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The performance led by Artistic Director, Molly Lynch, will feature Eugene Loring’s classic American ballet, Billy the Kid, with live music from the UCI Symphony Orchestra led by conductor, Dr. Stephen Tucker.  New original pieces from faculty members Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle, and legend Donald McKayle will also premier as part of this annual constellation of exceptional works.  Dance Visions 2015 will run from February 11 – 15, 2015 in the Claire Trevor Theatre.
 
In addition to the performances, a special free presentation entitled “Eugene Loring: The Making of Billy the Kid” will take place on Monday,
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UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of The Arts Stages Revival of Eugene Loring’s Billy The Kid

IRVINE, Calif. (December 5, 2014) -- The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine is thrilled to announce that as part of our 50th anniversary season the Department of Dance will stage a revival of founding faculty member Eugene Loring’s classic American ballet, Billy the Kid. The work will be featured as part of Dance Visions, an annual constellation of faculty works which runs from February 11 – 15, 2015 in the Claire Trevor Theatre. The program will also include choreography by outstanding current faculty members Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle, and Donald McKayle.
Eugene Loring, founding Chair of the Dance Department when the School opened in 1965, was already a luminary in his field when he was hired by then Dean Clayton Garrison. Billy the Kid was commissioned by Ballet Caravan and premiered in Chicago in 1938, and has enjoyed an unbroken history of production since the opening. The rousing score is one of
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