Dance News

Dance Students participate in the East Meets West Festival in China

Ten students and three faculty members from the Department of Dance were invited to participate in the "East Meets West" International Dance Festival in Shanghai, China. Students had the opportunity to participate in master classes, seminars, and workshops with local artists and students....

DanceWatch: Dancer Ching Ching Wong says good-bye

"Ching Ching Wong has danced for NW Dance Project for the past seven years. When she and I sat down this past weekend to talk, we estimated that she had danced approximately 70 new dances in her seven years with the company. If you’re wondering if that’s a lot? It is. It’s a whole lot. Wong’s...

Molly Lynch Receives Arts Visionary Award for 2017

Molly Lynch, Associate Professor of Dance was the Helen Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award recipient of the Arts Visionary Award for 2017. This is a lifetime achievement award nominated by the arts community and awarded by the Arts OC Board. It was awarded in recognition of Molly's...

Dance Currents Inc. Presents 'One Hundred Years of Moderna Dance/A Test to Time'

Dance Currents Inc. is presenting a concert of nine Modern dances by famous choreographers, including Rainbow Etude by Donald McKayle.

UC Irvine MFA Graduate Joshua Romero on Playing Statue

Article by Rachel Lee UC Irvine MFA graduate Joshua Romero works for an events company that requires him to stand perfectly still while painted to resemble marble, bronze, or gold.  

FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "Zot Zot Land" to celebrate the Arts at UCI

Watch the Behind the Scenes Film -> https://youtu.be/lfAVKM4kU70 Arts students from University of California, Irvine came together to put their spin on La La Land's "Another Day of Sun!" 80+ students and mentors were involved in the film project that included newly recorded instrumentals...

Les Watanabe on Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle and his life in dance

Les Watanabe interviw with Jamuna Chiarini Donald McKayle "When I was at UC Irvine beginning my dance career, a friend of mine said that if I ever had the opportunity, that I should audition for Donald McKayle as she knew we would ‘hit it off.’ Well, a year or so later, I heard that Donald...

With an Eye on the Future, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is Out to Improve the Community

"...Some take place online. In August, center officials invited John Crawford, UC Irvine associate professor of dance and media arts, to collaborate with dancers from Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre, who were at the center to perform in “Tour de Force III.”  Crawford attended a rehearsal with the...

MULTIPLEX DANCE Company Hosting West Hollywood Dance Festival

Assistant Professor of Dance Chad Michael Hall’s dance company, MULTIPLEX DANCE, is hosting the West Hollywood Dance Festival on August 16 – August 20, 2016. The festival offers five exciting days of dance workshops, rehearsals and performances. LINK.

Jazz: The House That America Built

JazzXchange: Six Dancers, Three Musicians, Three Poets... ...a groundbreaking audience experience designed to invoke empathy, well-being and joy that transcends barriers between movement and sound, performers and viewers , life and art. JazzXchange, led by Artistic Director and Associate...

For a New ‘Rainbow,’ Donald McKayle Is Still Explaining

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 recent...

Shining Stars Dance Program Providing Dance Classes to Underserved Communities

Shining Stars Dance Program achieved a goal of providing free dance classes to 58 children from ages 5-12 from underserved communities in Orange County.  The brainchild of this program, Irishia Hubbard (BFA 2016), partnered with Nicole Rivor (MFA 2015) and together they co-directed this...

Irishia Hubbard is the inaugural recipient of the Donald McKayle Scholarship

Donald McKayle, a legendary choreographer and UC Irvine Emeritus Professor, has generously provided a scholarship for UCI Dance majors. Reflecting the extraordinary creative talent and character that Donald McKayle has brought to modern dance in the USA, The Donald McKayle Scholarship seeks...

The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech

The Dance Department Hosts Dancetech On November 3, 2015, the Dance Department hosted the Dancetech Company from High River, Alberta, Canada.  Eighteen young dancers age seven to eighteen spent the afternoon in improvisation and choreography workshops with dance faculty and graduate student...