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Dance Currents Inc. Presents 'One Hundred Years of Moderna Dance/A Test to Time'

Dance Currents Inc. is presenting a concert of nine Modern dances by famous choreographers, including Rainbow Etude by Donald McKayle.


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UC Irvine MFA Graduate Joshua Romero on Playing Statue

Article by Rachel Lee

UC Irvine MFA graduate Joshua Romero works for an events company that requires him to stand perfectly still while painted to resemble marble, bronze, or gold.
 


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FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "Zot Zot Land" to celebrate the Arts at UCI

Watch the Behind the Scenes Film -> https://youtu.be/lfAVKM4kU70

Arts students from University of California, Irvine came together to put their spin on La La Land's "Another Day of Sun!" 80+ students and mentors were involved in the film project that included newly recorded instrumentals, vocals, lyrics, along with new choreography.  The film was produced by the Film-Arts-Drama-Alliance (FADA) at UCI specifically for the 18th annual Zotfest film festival at UCI.  The team wanted to create a "Soft Opening" film that would unite the students together for one large project. With the teamwork from Paper Sketch Media, FADA, and UCI Illuminations, they were able to pull resources together to bring the project "Zot Zot Land" to life! Filmmakers, Designers, Singers, Dancers,
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UCI Dance Student Receives Inaugural ASTAIREAWARDS™ Scholarship and Award

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Student Receives Inaugural ASTAIREAWARDS™ Scholarship and Award

The Department of Dance Names Jill Oates the First Recipient

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 17, 2017 – The Fred Astaire Scholarship Fund has donated to the University of California, Irvine Department of Dance an endowment for the ASTAIREAWARDS™ scholarships and awards for excellence in dance, choreography, and music. Third-year dance student Jill Oates has been named the inaugural recipient and will be awarded the annual ASTAIREAWARDS™ scholarship and award at a reception for the upcoming “Dance Visions 2017” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Thursday, February 23, 2017. 

“Jill was selected as the first recipient based on her excellent technical skills, focus, discipline, work ethic, and passion for dance,” said Lisa Naugle, Dance Chair. “She consistently shows respect for others, is incredibly supportive of her peers, and contributes to the
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Dance Visions 2017 brings master choreographers to the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dance Visions 2017 brings master choreographers to the Irvine Barclay Theatre

New Distinguished Professor Lar Lubovitch makes his UCI debut

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 9, 2017 – The University of California, Irvine Department of Dance will present master choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries in this year’s Dance Visions event, running Feb. 23-25 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The show premieres and reprises works from UCI Distinguished Professors and living legends of American modern dance Lar Lubovitch and Donald McKayle as well as choreography for George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie. Accompanied by the UCI Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Tucker, it will also feature original compositions from prominent UCI faculty.

“As a whole, the Dance Visions concert communicates a new kind of presence for the dance department, one that stands solidly on the foundation of educating dancers for the past 50 years and seeks to
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Les Watanabe on Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle and his life in dance

Les Watanabe interviw with Jamuna Chiarini

Donald McKayle
"When I was at UC Irvine beginning my dance career, a friend of mine said that if I ever had the opportunity, that I should audition for Donald McKayle as she knew we would ‘hit it off.’ Well, a year or so later, I heard that Donald McKayle had relocated to Los Angeles from New York and that he was auditioning for his dance company. Of course, I auditioned…and my friend was right: we did hit it off immediately. So I transferred to Cal Arts, where Donald was teaching.
I began working with his company in the evening, first learning all of his famous works such as Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder, District Storyville and Nocturne. The experience was both fantastic, all consuming and so very demanding.

Rainbow Round My Shoulder, one of Donald’s signature works, is considered one of the most demanding works in modern dance. If done the way it should be done—with passion and commitment— one is forever changed,
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