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The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech

The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech

On November 3, 2015, the Dance Department hosted the Dancetech Company from High River, Alberta, Canada.  Eighteen young dancers age seven to eighteen spent the afternoon in improvisation and choreography workshops with dance faculty and graduate student mentors.  

The group started with warm-ups then segregated into small groups each with a graduate mentor to create short choreography pieces based on themes the students chose.  Some of the pieces burst onto the floor while others were melodic and fluid.  All were smiling and enjoying the experience!

The class culminated in a group discussion where the students and mentors were able to talk about what they learned, the movements, and reasons for their step choices.  There were discussions of what it means to become a dance major at a university and what it how incorporating dance into the rest of one’s life if motivational and empowering.  Young girls listened intently to
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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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Center Stage: National Choreographers Initiative

It’s a sultry, albeit breezy, July afternoon at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where the creation of four fresh dance works for this year’s National Choreographers Initiative is underway.

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National Choreographers Initiative Premieres at Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 12th Annual National Choreographers Initiative will premiere on Saturday, July 25th at the Irvine Barclay Theater. Professor Molly Lynch, founder and director of National Choreographs Initiative, selected four choreographers and sixteen professional ballet dancers to participate in the program.


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Molly Lynch's National Choreographers Initiative to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $20,000 award to Irvine Barclay Theatre in support of the National Choreographers Initiative. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Irvine Barclay Theatre and the National Choreographers Initiative represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

Molly Lynch, NCI’s founder and artistic director, commented, “It is gratifying that the NEA has recognized the National
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