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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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With an Eye on the Future, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is Out to Improve the Community

"...Some take place online. In August, center officials invited John Crawford, UC Irvine associate professor of dance and media arts, to collaborate with dancers from Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre, who were at the center to perform in “Tour de Force III.”  Crawford attended a rehearsal with the dancers, introducing them to an interactive digital media system he invented. The center streamed the creative back-and-forth  live on Facebook, attracting nearly 11,000 viewers to this artistic encounter. Dwyer says this, too, is part of the center’s new mission."


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“East meets west” international dance festival presents two performances nov. 5

"EAST MEETS WEST” INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL PRESENTS TWO PERFORMANCES NOV. 5 AT THE CLAIRE TREVOR THEATRE

Irvine, Calif., October 28, 2016 – Dancers from UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Dance, Beijing Normal University, and Shanghai Normal University will perform a variety of pieces inspired by the traditional dances from both the U.S. and China. This is a unique opportunity for the Orange County community to experience the joyful display of the culture’s colorful costumes, music and talent. There will be a matinee and evening performances on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Claire Trevor Theatre on campus.

The event is sponsored by the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at University of California, Irvine, Charlie Zhang, Ruth Ding, Dr. Lin Shao Quan, Ying Foundation, cheer Pan, Ya ya, Huang Dong Ping, Luo Ming, Wu Li and Ma Xiao Yu. 

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