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Welcome new ballet faculty, Vitor Luiz!

The UCI Department of Dance announces the hiring of Vitor Luiz as a new ballet faculty. Vitor is an international dancer, choreographer and ballet master. Since 2009 he has been a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. He has also performed with the Ballet of Rio de Janeiro, English National Ballet and others. During his time at San Francisco Ballet, he danced major roles in classical and contemporary ballets, while also performing as a regular guest artist with English National Ballet, and many other esteemed companies, galas, and productions around the world. His strong balance between dancing and partnering, artistic versatility, and strong stage presence has made him an important asset to these companies.


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Summer Dance ‘Intensive’ Embodies Improvisation

S. Ama Wray, Ph.D., associate professor of dance, was featured in the El Paso Herald-Post for her work conducting an Embodiology workshop at The University of Texas at El Paso's Fox Fine Arts Center.

"A half dozen or so pairs of bodies set in a circle moved in tandem though almost never in sync during impromptu conversations that ranged from the silly to the mundane to the flirtatious.

The goal of this dance exercise at The University of Texas at El Paso was to weave a person’s reason, instincts and imagination."

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Choreographers Get Lab Time to Experiment Without Restrictions

Professor Molly Lynch, chair for the Department of Dance, is featured in "Voice of OC" for her upcoming National Choreographers Initiative 2019 showcase.

By Kaitlin Wright
"Molly Lynch, professor and chair of UC Irvine’s Department of Dance, has over 35 years experience creating, producing, and presenting dance. She is an artist. But she’s also a scientist of sorts, and proof of that is in the National Choreographer’s Initiative (NCI) which she founded in 2004 as a non-commissioned and non-competitive setting for creating new dance works..."

WHEN: 8 p.m. July 27, 2019
WHERE: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine
TICKETS: $20-$45
INFO: TheBarclay.org


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UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Samantha Lin as the 2019 Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipient

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Samantha Lin as the 2019 Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipient

Irvine, Calif. – The Claire Trevor School of the Arts' department of dance, at the University of California, Irvine, is pleased to announce fourth-year dance student Samantha Lin as the  2019 ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award recipient.  The annual ASTAIREAWARDS® scholarship is presented  to students for their excellence in dance, choreography, and music. Ms. Lin will be honored at the annual Claire Trevor School of the Arts scholarship dinner on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

“We are very pleased to be giving the 2019 ASTAIREAWARDS® scholarship and award to Samantha for her outstanding performances, choreography and being a good artist citizen,” said Molly Lynch, chair of the department of dance. “She has excelled in our dance program.”

Ms. Lin is a double major completing her B.F.A
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Why Arts Administration Matters: An Interview with UCI's Molly Lynch

Dance Plug, Interview by Keira Whitaker - 20 February 2019

"As I pulled into the University of California, Irvine to park my car I couldn’t help but be transported back in time. I graduated from UCl in 2016, and poured all of myself into four years of dancing, reading, and writing. My degree was in Dance Performance and English and I’m happy to report that I get to use both of them on a daily basis. 

A part of me couldn’t help but feel nostalgic as I started walking towards the Dance Department office of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Another part of me was ecstatic to be interviewing the Chair of the department, Molly Lynch. She was one of my favorite professors and one of the main reasons I became a dance journalist. Professor Lynch is not only a teacher of dance, but she also specializes in arts management, business, and administration."


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From Claire Trevor To Broadway: Justin Keats’ Career After Graduation

By Lauren Knight

A few years after he graduated from UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Justin Keats’ phone rang in an audition waiting room in New York City. Preparing to sing at an audition in four minutes for another Broadway musical, Keats saw his agent’s name on his screen and did not hesitate to answer. In the midst of rehearsing for another project and auditioning for a new Broadway show, Keats found out that he would be making his Broadway debut in Cirque du Soleil’s new Broadway show, “Paramour.” Processing all that he could over the phone as his agent laid down the logistics, he soon realized that his name would be called for the audition any minute, and hurried back into the waiting room. Finishing up his audition and bolting out of the building as soon as possible, Keats quickly grabbed lunch and two hours after the initial call, ran to his first day of rehearsals for “Paramour.”


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