Dance News

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...

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),...

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...

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...

Dr. S. Ama Wray is Making New Global Strides

In May 2019, Associate Professor of Dance at UC Irvine, Dr. Ama Wray, was invited to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Good-Global Summit at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. This Summit aims to amalgamate the work of both scientific and artistic innovators in hopes of utilizing AI in...

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...

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...

At the Joyce, a Rearranged Theater Brings Mystery and Orthodoxy

The “NY Quadrille” format reconfigures the Joyce Theater by turning auditorium and stage inside out. The square stage becomes the theater’s centerpiece: The audience is on both sides, as at a tennis or snooker match. One side of the stage leads straight to a rising slope of tiered seating, with...

Fall Dance Preview: From Ballet to Bach

One of J.S. Bach’s most iconic works, the Brandenburg Concertos, will be presented as a dance at the Park Avenue Armory this fall. It is one of several new works of dance to be presented throughout New York City starting this month. WNYC’s dance critic Marina Harss spoke to Richard Hake about...

Meet the first Filipina winner of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

UCI Dance student Hannahlei Cabanilla’s audition piece alone got the “So You Think You Can Dance” judges on their feet to welcome her with a golden ticket to the academy, including Fil-Am celebrity judge Vanessa Hudgens. Her victory is one for the books. Hannahlei is the first Filipino-...

Hannahlei Cabanilla wins ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Hannahlei Cabanilla is America’s favorite dancer. During the Season 15 finale of the Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance,” the 18-year-old Anaheim Hills native was named the winner. “It was the best moment of my life,” she said facing a line of reporters following the show on Monday, Sept...

The ‘So You Think You Can Dance Winner’ is …

After weeks of grueling auditions and dazzling performances, Season 15 of “So You Think You Can Dance” finally crowned a winner Monday night during a jam-packed two-hour finale on Fox. And it was Hannahlei Cabanilla, an 18-year-old contemporary dancer from Anaheim Hills, Ca., who captured top...

RDT's Season Of MANIFEST DIVERSITY Opens With The Poignant Choreography Of The Late Donald McKayle

The nation's oldest and most successful modern dance repertory company opens their 53rd season of dance in Salt Lake City with SPIRIT, October 4-6, 2018 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The centerpiece for this timely performance is Rainbow Round My Shoulder by the late Donald...

Jasmine Ejan (BA 2001) in "Cabaret" at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood

Jasmine Ejan, BA Dance 2001, is currently playing the role of Rosie in Cabaret at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.

UCI Dance Major Hannahlei Cabanilla on "So You Think You Can Dance"

Orange County dancer Hannahlei Cabanilla has a signature move that she calls an L-turn. If you’ve caught Season 15 of the Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance” so far, then you’ve seen Cabanilla incorporate the move in her routine. “My leg is behind my head while I’m turning on...

A Second Quadrille Set to Start the Joyce Theater Season

The coming season at the Joyce Theater will include the returns of Twyla Tharp and the “NY Quadrille,” as well as a dance play starring James Whiteside and a debut program from Beth Gill. To inaugurate the season in late September, five companies and choreographers, including Kyle Abraham’s A.I....

FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "The Greatest Show at UCI"

CREDITS CAST: THE SHOWMEN (In Order of Appearance) Trystan Colburn Tina Pham Kenai Gonzales FEATURED SINGER Emily Johnson-Frantz (Standing in for Olivia Pech) FEATURED DANCERS Alyssa Corella Anna Reiser Cayla Flagg Hannah Lafferty Lilla Lavanakul Makeila Lee DANCERS Abby...

Center Stage: Alvin Ailey American Dance Dazzles at Segerstrom Center

This opening night for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts was different than others. There was the same buzzing energy and the house was packed, as usual, but as the lights dimmed and straggling audience members rushed to take their seats, a sentimental mood set in...