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For a New ‘Rainbow,’ Donald McKayle Is Still Explaining

The most ferocious sound in the room at the David H. Koch Theater was coming from an 85-year-old man in a wheelchair. But the years melted away as that man — Donald McKayle, the modern dance and Broadway choreographer known for exploring African-American themes in his work — watched a recent rehearsal of “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder,” his 1959 masterwork about life on a chain gang, with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company…

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Shining Stars Dance Program Providing Dance Classes to Underserved Communities

Shining Stars Dance Program achieved a goal of providing free dance classes to 58 children from ages 5-12 from underserved communities in Orange County.  The brainchild of this program, Irishia Hubbard (BFA 2016), partnered with Nicole Rivor (MFA 2015) and together they co-directed this program, mentored by Associate Professor Sheron Wray. 

The online application for children participants will be available early Spring 2016. If you are interested in receiving the link to the application, please sign up for the email newsletter by emailing ShiningStarsOC@gmail.com.


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Irishia Hubbard is the inaugural recipient of the Donald McKayle Scholarship

Donald McKayle, a legendary choreographer and UC Irvine Emeritus Professor, has generously provided a scholarship for UCI Dance majors. Reflecting the extraordinary creative talent and character that Donald McKayle has brought to modern dance in the USA, The Donald McKayle Scholarship seeks applicants that have a strong technical command of modern dance, vivid artistic and choreographic voice that speaks to the human condition articulated through a definite approach to musicality. The inaugural scholarship was awarded to Irishia Hubbard (BFA 2016). She is in her senior year, completing her double major in Choreography and Education.


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Registration for 2016 Summer Academies in the Arts is Open

UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS LAUNCHES REGISTRATION FOR 2016 SUMMER ACADEMIES IN THE ARTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

IRVINE, Calif., (February 18, 2016) – The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has launched registration for its 2016 Summer Academies in the Arts.  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 enhance students’ 21st century skills, and support college and career goals, self-confidence and leadership.

Talented and motivated students get to experience life as an undergraduate arts major, in which they receive practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in
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Registration for 2016 Summer Academies in the Arts for High School and Middle School Students Open

UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS LAUNCHES REGISTRATION FOR 2016 SUMMER ACADEMIES IN THE ARTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

IRVINE, Calif., (February 18, 2016) – The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has launched registration for its 2016 Summer Academies in the Arts.  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 enhance students’ 21st century skills, and support college and career goals, self-confidence and leadership.

Talented and motivated students get to experience life as an undergraduate arts major, in which they receive practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in
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Dance Visions Returns To the Irvine Barclay Theatre with Guest Artist Millicent Johnnie

DANCE VISIONS 2016 RETURNS TO THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE
WITH NEW WORKS FROM FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST MILLICENT JOHNNIE

 

IRVINE, Calif. (January 31, 2016) -- Dance Visions 2016, the major production of the year for the Department of Dance at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, premieres original works February 12-14, 2016 at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Drawing upon the fusion of dance, music and theatrical elements the outstanding faculty will reveal new and exciting performance works. Co-artistic directors Molly Lynch and Lisa Naugle weave a fantastic program with choreography from Shaun Boyle, Donald McKayle, Tong Wang, and new faculty member Charlotte Griffin. The team is joined by special guest choreographer Millicent Johnnie along with music selections performed by the UCI Symphony Orchestra conducted my Maestro Stephen
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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.

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