Dance News

Ariyan Johnson Brings Innovation and Passion to UCI Dance

By Jezebel Ramirez-Robles and Lauren Knight   Professor Ariyan Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist with a rich background in dancing, choreographing, acting, producing, and directing, the list continues with each new project she takes on. At a young age, Johnson’s mother -- a dancer...

Zooming to UCI

Artists from around the world paid virtual visits to UCI students, opening new windows of opportunity By Christine Byrd When music major Cassandra Leisher asked the New York Philharmonic’s Ryan Roberts, a classical French horn and oboe player, how he calms pre-audition nerves, she was...

2021 Dean's Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to the 2021 Dean’s Scholarship awardees! A very special thank you to the Giving Day donors who made these scholarship funds possible. As the leading campus in the nation providing access to all qualified students, no matter what their background, our students rely...

Choreographing the Future

Dance department chair and UCI alumna Molly Lynch prepares students for long, diverse careers By Christine Byrd Molly Lynch wants UCI dance students to envision careers beyond professional dancer — from choreographer to artistic director, and nonprofit administrator to teacher.  As...

Four CTSA faculty members chosen for the UCI Beall Applied Innovation Fellowship Program

UCI Beall Applied Innovation announced this week the second cohort to their Faculty Innovation Fellowship Program. The program draws from all schools and fields on UC Irvine’s campus to promote cross-collaboration and stimulate campus connections using Applied Innovation’s resources. Faculty...

Is A Career In Dance Worth All The Sacrifices?

Sometimes, there’s a struggle between your passion and a longing for financial stability. At other times, your practical grandmother has the answer. By Sydney Leong, a feature from Dance Major Journal, Volume 8, 2020 “Are you impressed, Lola?” I always showed video clips of rehearsal to my...

Young artists reflect on their first semester of college during COVID-19

Excerpt from The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2020 By Makeda Easter Natalie Aronno is studying dance remotely at UC Irvine A first-generation college student, Natalie Aronno chose to study dance at UC Irvine, a school close to her home in South Gate, because her tuition would be fully...

Hip-hop gets its props

Two new dance faculty members bring cultural and artistic gravitas to the street genre. UCI News features the department's newest faculty members. Read more about Ariyan Johnson and Cyrian Reed, two new faculty members in the Department of Dance at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, both...

Empowering the Artists of Tomorrow Amid the Pandemic

By Christine Byrd Theaters, concert halls and art galleries have been closed for nearly a year, but the global pandemic hasn’t stopped artists from creating. If anything, it’s fueling rapid incorporation of technology across all artistic mediums and inspiring new ways to create and share art...

The NEW U features dancers Sergio Camacho and Sophia Vangelato

The New University profiles dancers Sergio Camacho and Sophia Vangelatos and what they have faced during the pandemic regarding dance. Excerpts: "Camacho, who is studying styles such as modern and ballet, is a third year philosophy and dance major at Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Like...

Dance Professor Kelli Sharp Collaborates with Undergraduate Students in an Innovative UCI Research Program

By Richard Chang At most universities, undergraduates don’t typically get opportunities to do serious research with their professors, let alone get published alongside them in professional journals. But through UC Irvine’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), undergrads are...

The latest volume of Dance Major Journal is now available

Dance Major Journal 2020 is out! The 2020 Edition of Dance Major Journal “Dancing Still Goes On,” is now online, with timely writing by dance majors and graduate choreographers. Donald McKayle with his last Etude Ensemble, author Sadie Sandoval at right. McKayle’s influence goes on, with the...

Tapping Into a New Era

By Christine Byrd In his dance, “Waiting for Amazon,” Carl “Dougie” Sanders, M.F.A. ’21, moves in his living room, expressing the exhausting boredom of being stuck at home, and the angsty anticipation before a parcel delivery. We may not move quite like Sanders, but we know exactly what he’s...

UCI Dance mourns the passing of Donald Dale Bradburn

Donald Dale Bradburn June 14, 1940 - July 23, 2020 Renowned dance photographer, dancer, designer and choreographer, Donald Dale Bradburn passed away on July 23 in Cedar City, Utah after an extended illness. Don's photos captured such dance luminaries as Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Markova,...

Arts and Wellness

By Christine Byrd The seats were empty, the orchestra silent, the studios dark. More than 700 undergraduate and 150 graduate students, and the scores of faculty and staff who teach and support them, disappeared literally overnight. It was March 17, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts,...

Artist for the Future

Gabby Miller, M.F.A. ’20, crosses disciplines to explore the possibility of a future that is not predetermined By Christine Byrd “Can we turn the black box theater into an Oracle Machine?” was a question burning in Gabby Miller’s mind during the final year of her M.F.A. program at the Claire...

Lindsay Gilmour named UCI Hellman Fellow

Gilmour's research will explore Tibetan ritual dance in monasteries and nunneries Lindsay Gilmour, assistant professor in dance, recently received a 2020-21 Hellman Fellowship, which helps promising junior faculty realize their scientific and academic potential. Gilmour joins an elite group of...

Black Performers You Probably Don't Know About — But Should

“‘Ah haaa!’ – The most ferocious sound in the room at the David H. Koch Theater was coming from an 85-year-old man in a wheelchair. But the years melted away as that man — Donald McKayle, the modern dance and Broadway choreographer known for exploring African-American themes in his work — watched a...