Dance News

Remembering Donald McKayle

Donald McKayle was a legend in dance, with a long list of accolades, awards and accomplishments well-documented after his recent passing. But those of us who were lucky enough to be his students, either in a classroom or rehearsal studio, know he displayed his greatest talent in his role of master...

Brian T. Vernon (MFA, Dance 1994) Dean at Western Connecticut State University

Brian T. Vernon (MFA, Dance, 1994) is in his second year as Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will be celebrating their 50th anniversary at The Joyce April 17–22 with a world premiere and signature works by the revered master choreographer. The Martha Graham Dance Company and the Joffrey Ballet will also appear to present works by Lubovitch in honor of...

Why Lar Lubovitch Invited College Students to Perform for His Company's 50th Anniversary

A watershed moment. That's how choreographer Lar Lubovitch recently described his now-classic A Brahms Symphony. Now, a group of 16 George Mason University dance majors are having their own watershed moment with that jubilant work: They will dance it at the venerable Joyce Theater in...

Lar Lubovitch: Confessions of a Former Go-Go Dancer

The choreographer Lar Lubovitch didn’t discover dance until college, where he had gone in hopes of becoming a painter. The impulse to fill a canvas hasn’t left him. When he describes making a dance, he does so not only in kinetic terms but through the prism of painting: “I’m reacting to the effect...

Lar Lubovitch On Using Creative Blocks to His Advantage

Since starting his company in 1968, Lar Lubovitch has stood at the forefront of modern dance—although he is hesitant to label his work as "modern." "I've always felt I've been making dances," he says. "I've always called them dances and I've never been one to exclude any language...

Honoring the late Donald McKayle

Modern dance pioneer Donald McKayle, one of the first African American men to break through racial barriers via dance, has died. The iconic performer, choreographer, teacher, director and writer had a wide-ranging impact on the United States’ creative and cultural landscape. He died Friday night,...

Dr. S. Ama Wray will present On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at FIU

Dr. S. Ama Wray to present a lecture On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at the 11th Annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture on April 13 at Florida International University.

Works & Process At The Guggenheim Presents A Costume And Dance Commission 'Reid Bartelme And Harriet Jung'

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents a costume and dance commission, Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, on Sunday, March 25 and Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:30pm. Costume design takes center stage in these new works devised by designers Reid Bartelme & Harriet...

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions Present Y Cabaret

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions present the 4th Y Cabaret, as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC on March 24 & 25, 2018 at 8pm.The Y Cabaret is evening of drinks, dance, and food and features...

Lar Lubovitch: Bringing His Vision To Light

The dancers held their arms in position like those of a T-Rex, their elbows attached to their sides.  Their hands dangling in front of their stomachs, bending at the wrists and swinging back and forth, they ran through the circling sequence. Drops of sweat trickled down their foreheads and...

Alumnus Joshua Romero, A Living Statue

“Sometimes people poke me to see if I’m real,” says Romero, who earned an M.F.A. in dance at UCI last year. Occasionally, he breaks character to surprise viewers. “I’ll open my eyes and wave, then go back to my pose. Or I’ll jump out and scare them,” he says.

Alumnus Sofia Carreras' Career A Dream Come True Despite Cancer Diagnosis

MFA Alumnus Sofia Carreras has shared the stage with Mikhail Baryshinikov and trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Capitol City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.  As a choreographer, Carreras has had work performed at New York's Lincoln Center and a far away as Varna, Bulgaria. “I didn’t...

UW-Madison to host Performance Architect - Sheron Wray- as the Spring 2018 Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute weclomes Sheron Wray as the Spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. She will focus on interaction with students and their growth as interdisciplinary scholars, and her guest artists will engage with students and participate in public...

S. Ama Wray named one of the CIES AD SIG Emerging Scholars

Prof. S. Ama Wray has been named one of the Comparative & International Education Society African Diaspora Special Interest Group’s (CIES AD SIG) Emerging Scholars. The award is given annually to exceptional scholars who are on the cutting edge and have the potential to make a contribution...

Sheron Wray, Artist Residency with Wisconsin-Madison Interdisciplinary

"The Art of Improvisation" with Dr. Sheron Wray at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Spring 2018 This course will reveal how to apply improvisation methodologies to enable productive interdisciplinary collaborations, while also showing how to tap into your personal creativity, bound within...

UCI Alum inspired by Dance Professor to Teach

“I was also very influenced and encouraged by Jo Dierdorff and Rita Chenoweth, my professors at RCC, my choreography teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, Wade Madsen, and my faculty advisor and mentor at UCI, the great Donald McKayle.”