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Alumnus Sofia Carreras' Career a Dream Come True Despite Cancer Diagnosis

MFA Alumnus Sofia Carreras has shared the stage with Mikhail Baryshinikov and trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Capitol City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

As a choreographer, Carreras has had work performed at New York's Lincoln Center and a far away as Varna, Bulgaria.

“I didn’t think, ‘I want to be a Prima Ballerina,’ like every other little girl,” she says. “I thought ‘I want to have a ballet school.’ Well now I’m a Professor of Dance at Riverside City College and I have a dance company, so that’s close enough to a dream come true.

In 2006, Carreras was five months into the pregnancy with her now 11 year-old son, Sebastian, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After five surgeries, nine months of chemotherapy and weeks of radiation, plus giving birth, Carreras was declared cancer free.

“It was a real battle,” says Carreras. “I was cancer free for about almost 10 years and a year and a half ago, the breast cancer returned, having
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UW-Madison to host Performance Architect - Sheron Wray- as the Spring 2018 Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute weclomes Sheron Wray as the Spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. She will focus on interaction with students and their growth as interdisciplinary scholars, and her guest artists will engage with students and participate in public lectures. This plethora of engagement will challenge collaborators and audiences alike with new levels of awareness, extending beyond the scholarly realm to inspire creative living.


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S. Ama Wray named one of the CIES AD SIG Emerging Scholars

Prof. S. Ama Wray has been named one of the Comparative & International Education Society African Diaspora Special Interest Group’s (CIES AD SIG) Emerging Scholars. The award is given annually to exceptional scholars who are on the cutting edge and have the potential to make a contribution across the African Diaspora. 

The selection committee is comprised of highly accomplished scholars who are members of the CIES AD SIG. One panelist commented on Prof. Wray's works, “This author uses the arts and in particular dance to decolonize the curriculum and challenge traditional western/northern epistemologies. Dance is poorly served by theory that informs how we think about 'race', diaspora and their related politics, yet this scholar not only disrupts the status quo but offers innovative insights and concepts as pedagogical and critical tools.”

The CIES is dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends, and policies through comparative, cross-
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Sheron Wray, Artist Residency with Wisconsin-Madison Interdisciplinary

"The Art of Improvisation" with Dr. Sheron Wray at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Spring 2018

This course will reveal how to apply improvisation methodologies to enable productive interdisciplinary collaborations, while also showing how to tap into your personal creativity, bound within everyday life. Students are expected to form an active and integrated web-based community to facilitate group research and sharing of resources. The class will combine practice-based workshops, interdisciplinary guest lectures, fieldwork, journaling, and performance.

Sheron Wray's residency is hosted by the Art Department with Faisal Abdu’Allah as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Departments of Art History, Dance, Afro-American Studies, and African Cultural Studies.


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Take the next step in your dance career with an MFA in Dance

LOOKING FOR THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR DANCE CAREER?

WHAT: Your chance to do a Dance MFA, the degree that opens doors
WHEN: Apply by Jan 12, 2017, and audition on January 26 in sunny Southern California
WHY? Because you know dance matters, and you want to keep moving ahead

Consider pursuing an MFA degree in the Dance Department of the University of California, Irvine to secure your future in the dance world. You can expand your creativity and your potential for job security while finding fresh choreographic inspiration, presenting your work onstage, and exploring other aspects of dance from a variety of perspectives.

The University of California, Irvine has funding for dynamic MFA candidates with significant dance background and a curiosity to learn more. Support is offered to most MFA in Dance candidates, along with opportunities to work with one of the most talented undergraduate pools of dancers
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UCI Alum inspired by Dance Professor to Teach

“I was also very influenced and encouraged by Jo Dierdorff and Rita Chenoweth, my professors at RCC, my choreography teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, Wade Madsen, and my faculty advisor and mentor at UCI, the great Donald McKayle.”


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Dance Students participate in the East Meets West Festival in China

Ten students and three faculty members from the Department of Dance were invited to participate in the "East Meets West" International Dance Festival in Shanghai, China. Students had the opportunity to participate in master classes, seminars, and workshops with local artists and students. Professors Tong Wang, John Crawford, and Kelli Sharp gave lectures and presentations at the festival. The following faculty also presented choreography: Tong Wang, Donald McKayle, and Lisa Naugle. Student Radhanath Thialan was also selected to showcase his choreography. The collaboration was part of the departments ongoing "China Initiative" which supports academic collaboration with China and increases the visibility and influence of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Dance in China and the local Chinese community.

Photo highlights from the event:


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DanceWatch: Dancer Ching Ching Wong says good-bye

"Ching Ching Wong has danced for NW Dance Project for the past seven years. When she and I sat down this past weekend to talk, we estimated that she had danced approximately 70 new dances in her seven years with the company. If you’re wondering if that’s a lot? It is. It’s a whole lot. Wong’s contribution to the company is immeasurable.

This weekend she will be performing with NW Dance Project for the last time just days before she leaves on a self-directed world tour to teach and perform with her boyfriend of seven years Joe Reynolds and Korean violinist-looper and composer Joe Kye.

But before she exits Portland, Wong will perform a new solo choreographed by Katie Scherman with Kye and the Bravo Orchestra at Alberta Abbey on October 27 at 7:30 pm here in Portland. She will launch her website on October 25 as well as a fundraising campaign. Chingchingwong.com

Wong is half Chinese on her father’s side and half Filipino on her mother’s side. She was born in
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Molly Lynch Receives Arts Visionary Award for 2017

Molly Lynch, Associate Professor of Dance was the Helen Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award recipient of the Arts Visionary Award for 2017. This is a lifetime achievement award nominated by the arts community and awarded by the Arts OC Board. It was awarded in recognition of Molly's personal achievements as one of Orange County’s leading artistic visionaries. Awarded at the 18th Annual OC Arts Awards on October 17, 2017. 


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