Dance Visions 2020 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dance Visions 2020 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Irvine, Calif., February 5, 2020 – The Department of Dance at the University of California, Irvine, presents Dance Visions, a concert showcasing choreographic works by UCI Dance Faculty, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, February 20-22, 2020. The artistic directors for this year’s production are Dance Department Chair Molly Lynch and Tong Wang. Esteemed choreographers presenting original works include Distinguished Professor Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, Loretta Livingston, and Chad Michael Hall. The concert will also include excerpts of the romantic ballet La Sylphide, restaged by Tong Wang and choreographed by August Bournonville in 1836.

Dance Visions includes both graduate and undergraduate dancers and presents different styles of dance, including modern, contemporary, and classical ballet. This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with their professors, many of whom
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Student Research: Jehbreal Jackson

New Tools for School

Students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explore the human experience through a variety of creative avenues by using skills as classically trained fine artists, but also through emerging technology and media. Students from all four departments have access to a range of media that allows them to reshape how art is created and experienced. We asked a few students who are utilizing these tools and spaces to share with us.

For this article, we interviewed Jehbreal Jackson from the Department of Dance.

Jehbreal Jackson

Department of Dance
M.F.A. in Dance, William J. Gillespie Ballet Scholar
Anticipated graduation, Spring 2020

Career Goals: "I want to create original story ballets for the film medium that are beneficial
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The Dance Scientist

View the full pictorial in CONNECT, the quarterly magazine for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Dr. Kelli Sharp is not your typical dance professor. She spends her days collecting and analyzing motion-capture data to investigate movement patterns, responses to stimuli, and the acceleration of movement. By working with real-time motor functions of the human body, she can understand the relationship between the control system and what reinforcement training can do to improve those functions.

Dr. Sharp is currently working with her team of interdisciplinary researchers on a study to understand motor learning patterns in dancers to aid their performance, and then apply this knowledge to understanding various neurological disorders. Hours of working with tape measures, bodysuits and marker sensors may just redefine what you think
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Vitor Luiz guest stars in Festival Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

Vitor Luiz, former San Francisco Ballet member, will perform the following showtimes:
Saturday, December 7 at 7pm
Sunday, December 8 at 1pm
Friday, December 20 at 7pm
Saturday, December 21 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 22 at 1pm
Sunday, December 22 at 6pm

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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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“East Meets West” International Dance and Music Festival


Irvine, Calif. – In its fourth year, the “East Meets West” Festival is a unique collaborative arts experience, showcasing dance works by students and professional choreographers. This year’s program features UCI Dance, Southland Ballet Academy, classical Indian dance soloist Sukanya Kumar, Beijing Dance Academy, and Yaya Dance Academy. These professional and pre-professional artists are from Japan, India, Malaysia, China, and the United States. This performance is a special opportunity to witness the festival’s first time collaboration with musical artists, including award-winning soprano, Luwa Ke and Jing Hu player, Shunxiang Zhang.  This exchange includes open master classes, seminars, and workshops with the CTSA Dance Department’s partner universities and concludes with two performances.  These performances will take place on
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Alumni reunite at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Baja Regional Conference


Spring break on college and university campuses can be quiet. This was not the case in March 2019 for the Department of Dance, which hosted the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Baja Regional Conference. The ACDA’s goal is to promote and exalt the existing and potential artistry visible in higher educational dance programs. By sponsoring regional conferences, the association has become extremely important to both students and faculty for the chance to  excel away from their alma maters and experience the diversity of the dance world. Coordinator Chad Michael Hall, Associate Professor of Dance, used the Whova mobile app for virtually paperless registration and planning, supporting UC Irvine’s commitment to “going green.” With so many to-do items on his checklist for organizing the Baja Regional, the app was a valuable tool.

The four-day gathering — which culminated in a gala concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre — saw over 500
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Paul Taylor American Dance Company Pays Special Tribute to Donald McKayle

As a tribute to the passing of world-renowned choreographer and former UCI Dance Faculty Member, Donald McKayle, Paul Taylor American Dance Company (PTDC) will include three of McKayle’s most notable choreographic works in their fall season at the Lincoln Center: Crossing the Rubicon (2017), Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (1959), and Songs of the Disinherited (1972).  PTDC will be collaborating on this concert with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Juilliard Dance, and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, all of whom will perform these most beloved works.  This tribute concert is free and open to the public. The performance takes place on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. EST. Tickets for this performance can be obtained from 


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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."

Read the full story.

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