Introducing the Shut In Dance Film Fest

Andrew Pearson, B.F.A. '09, Choreography and Performance, is launching a new dance film festival directed by Nicole Berger, choreographer for television programs including The Good Place, VEEP, and Brooklyn Nine Nine.

"I first met Nicole two years ago when I started teaching at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in Hollywood. She had been there almost eight years by that point and was teaching everything from studio classes such as ballet and contemporary techniques, to industry classes such as Career Preparation and Dance for Camera.  I was always impressed with the versatility of her choreography and wealth of knowledge she possesses from her multi-faceted career, which spans from the concert stage to feature films. Needless to say I was thrilled when she first reached with an interest to produce a project together."

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UCI M.F.A. Alumni Waeli Wang Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor

UCI M.F.A. Alumni Waeli Wang Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Kansas Dance Department

Recent UCI M.F.A. ’19 dance graduate Waeli Wang will be joining the University of Kansas Theatre and Dance Department as a visiting assistant professor for 2020-22. As a dance and filmmaker, Wang sees art-making as a means for social justice and creates contemporary works that combine personal, familial, social, and artistic contexts to investigate the human condition for the concert stage, cinematic screen, and alternative spaces. Overall, Wang is on a quest to create work that “fuse movement and imagery, figurative and abstract, and the poetic personal.” Most recently, Wang has been working as a guest choreographer for Santa Clara University.

During her time at the University of Kansas, Wang will work closely with students teaching contemporary and modern dance technique as well as choreographing for the KU University Dance Company.

Her UCI Claire
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UCI Dance alum named Artistic Director for the Limón Dance Company

Dante Puleio (M.F.A. ’17) has been named Artistic Director for the Limón Dance Company in New York, NY. Starting in July 2020, Puleio will succeed Colin Connor as the sixth Artistic Director of the Company in its 74-year history.

Puleio first began his dance training at Laban Centre in London and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He received his B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and later his M.F.A. in Dance from UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts after having a successful career with Limón for over a decade. Limón has been at the forefront of American Modern dance since 1946 and is well-known for its technical abilities and expressive artistry, portraying the timeless work of its founder, José Limón. Puleio is excited to return to Limón as the Artistic Director, saying, “I am looking forward to collaborating with the Foundation to continue celebrating this historical legacy and reimagining Limón’s vision to reflect these rapidly changing
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As our faculty, students, and staff prepare for an unusual spring quarter of remote teaching and learning, the lyrics to Barbra Streisand’s “People” keep swimming through my mind. “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.” In a world facing an international pandemic, it seems that now is the time when we need to rely on our people, and we are lucky to have the incredible connection of people through the UCI Arts community. Connection can be a phone call, a virtual meeting, a solo performance, a shared piece of art, or a fun social media post. It means staying connected in a virtual world during this period of isolation.

This week the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) launched #UCIArtsAnywhere, a social media campaign responding to restrictions and changes in the face of COVID-19. The goal is to keep our UCI Arts community connected and to share the ongoing creative and academic work happening at CTSA.
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An important update from Dean Barker

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to keep you, our valued supporters and community members, updated on how the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) in collaboration with the greater UCI community are responding. We are working diligently to quickly adapt to the rapidly developing circumstances in order to protect our students, staff, faculty, patrons, and the world-class academic and creative work we do at CTSA.

Below are some courses of action we are currently implementing;

  • All CTSA courses will be taught online for the spring quarter; including studio, laboratory, seminar, and larger classes.
  • All performances, exhibitions, and events have been postponed, canceled, or will be reimagined in virtual ways.
  • All CTSA staff and faculty are working remotely, for the next few weeks or until further notice.

Even though our efforts are temporarily shifting to a remote and digital platform, our community of
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Molly Lynch: UCI Dance Department Chair

By Terry Schilling for the Irvine Commnity News

"Molly Lynch is a petite woman with a ready laugh and eyes which frequently sparkle behind her signature neon red-rimmed eyeglasses. Before coming to UCI, Molly spent 16 years as the Director of Ballet Pacifica.  She became Chair of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Dance Department in 2018 and is the artistic director of the annual Dance Visions performance at the Barclay.

Though I’ve met Molly before, sitting in her office for the first time I got an insight into her deep well of knowledge about dance and dance education."

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COVID-19 Update | Spring Quarter Arts Events

March 12, 2020

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UCI at this time, the greatest priority at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, audiences, and staff. CTSA is taking all appropriate precautions as it monitors the public health concerns with campus leaders and in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).

In keeping with the decision released by UCI, attendance at all CTSA productions for the Spring 2020 quarter will be audience-free.

If you have purchased a ticket through our box office, you will receive an email shortly with instructions to receive a refund or to donate your ticket purchase.
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