Dance News

UCI Dance is seeking dynamic dancers who want to pursue their M.F.A. in Dance

Application deadline is December 1, 2022, with auditions hosted on February 10, 2023 Are you looking to take the next step in your dance career? Do you want a degree that will open doors? You know that dance matters, and you want to keep moving ahead. Consider pursuing an M.F.A. degree in the...

Behind the Scenes: New Slate

From the audition to performance, Dance majors gain real-world experience By Isabella Granqvist It’s the beginning of the school year, and a line of students outside the dance studios in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) stretches on endlessly, filling up the walkways. At the front...

A Revelation

Ariyan Johnson teaches hip hop, jazz and healing to her dance students By Christine Byrd Ariyan Johnson is used to being ahead of the curve. First as a pioneer of East Coast hip hop and as an actor and, since coming to UCI in 2020, as a scholar, too. This year, she is one of seven UCI junior...

Flourishing this fall: UCI arts

Upcoming performance season includes such bold and ambitious programs as a modern take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Nick Schou, UCI | September 26, 2022 After a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCI once again hosted its popular New Swan Shakespeare Festival on campus this summer. With...

For Alex Dreschke, a role in Hamilton at Segerstrom seems like homecoming

Event-News Enterprise (excerpt) By David N. Young | September 15, 2022 (Read full feature)   When he graduated with a Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine years ago, Alex Dreschke could hardly have imagined he would return to SoCal with a role in HAMILTON, one of the most engaging...

UCI Dance alum receives Community Engagement grant

Sakina Ibrahim, M.F.A. ’14, author and artist, receives Community Engagement award to support Santa Ana youth Sakina Ibrahim, M.F.A. ’14, is the recipient of a 2022 Community Engagement grant to support her work in arts education. Community Engagement is a nonprofit in Orange...

Made in California

The arts and education helped new dean Tiffany Ana López reimagine her own life By Christine Byrd For Tiffany Ana López, joining the Claire Trevor School of the Arts as dean is a double homecoming. Both a return to her native California and to the public higher-education system that shaped...

CTSA celebrates alumni during the month of August

At the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, August is Alumni Appreciation Month! We have dedicated our Instagram account to celebrating our alums' work and accomplishments in and beyond the arts all month long. Spend the month learning more about just a few of our outstanding alumni! CTSA alums from...

Artful Summers

Summer Academies in the Arts offer college and career preparatory programs  By Christine Byrd Mafer Reyes had been dancing at private studios and ballet academies since she was 5 years old. But when it came time to think about college, she realized she had no idea what to...

Local Choreographer Molly Lynch Brings her National Dance Initiative Back to Irvine Barclay Theatre July 30

By Christopher Trela | July 15, 2022   Ever since Ballet Pacifica closed its doors in 2007, Orange County has relied on a handful of local dance troupes and touring professional companies to provide the county with quality dance programs. And then there is National Choreographer’s...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Announces the 2022-23 Claire Trevor Society Scholars

  UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the next cohort of Claire Trevor Society Scholarships recipients for the 2022-23 academic year. Each year the Society awards six merit-based scholarships to exceptional students majoring in the Departments of Art, Dance,...

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Thirteen New Medici Circle Scholars

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is pleased to announce the 2022 Medici Circle Scholars. Thirteen awards were given to both undergraduate and graduate students offering an opportunity to take their education beyond the classroom and collaborate with academics and artists in the community...

The art of inquiry

While much of the attention on research at UCI is directed at the sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts has also generated research, although to much less notice. Jesse Colin Jackson is on a mission to change that.

CTSA has a record-breaking Giving Day!

On May 18, 2022, the UCI community held its annual online Giving Day, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) had its most successful Giving Day to date, raising more than $60,000 from more than 150 gifts. Funds raised on went directly to the Departments of Art, Dance, Drama, and Music...

Mafer Reyes: Dance-Educator-in-the-Making

Support UCI Giving Day By Mia Hammett A second year undergrad, Mafer Reyes has managed to balance an ever-growing series of interrelated professional positions within and without the UCI campus. And she’s only just begun.  Ostensibly generous with her time and energy, Reyes dedicates...

#IamUCI – Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Anna Medina, M.F.A.

Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Anna Medina, M.F.A. by Tom Vasich / UCI News In an essay for UCI’s Dance Major Journal, San Diego native Anna Medina wrote, “Growing up both Mexican and American, I lived on both sides of the border at different times in my life, sometimes sure that I...

Tiffany López is named dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Visionary arts and diversity leader comes from Arizona State University Tiffany López, Ph.D., visionary artist and administrator and proven champion for diversity and inclusion, has been named dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, following a...

Learning the Steps

Young alumni are prepared to thrive in their professional dance careers By Christine Byrd Lauren Gresens’ final performance as a student was a solo in North Star, a piece by acclaimed modern dance choreographer and UCI professor Lar Lubovitch. When she graduated a few months later, in June...