Reflection time…

I’ve had the chance to put some final touches on a document that gives an overview of our dance program at RCC.  It was an opportunity to revisit some of our successful practices and make some plans for the future.  I confess I’m usually one to hop right into the next project, with merely a backwards glance…so this was definitely a good exercise for me.

And speaking of exercise, it’s been great to be a student and take classes again. This summer I started Zumba one night a week, taught by a former student of mine who, evidently, was BORN to teach Zumba classes and motivate others with her enthusiasm and energy.  A big thanks to Nic Perkins for leading a great class every week.

If you know of any fun dance and / or fitness classes out there, please write some feedback – let’s support those who motivate and inspire us!

Two things…

I received brochures in the mail this week from two of my favorite local venues to see dance – UC Riverside’s University Theatre & the Irvine Barclay (on the campus of UC Irvine). Especially looking forward to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s “Babel” at the Barclay in October, and Joe Goode Performance Group in February, 2012 at UCR. Past performances that evoke fond memories for me include two at UCR: Mark Morris’ “Going Away Party” (with Mark Morris dancing! Such a hoot!) and Rennie Harris Puremovement – a most amazing solo that really took hip hop vocabulary to another level for me. At the Barclay – loads of wonderful work by UC Irvine faculty come to mind, as well as a VERY LONG CONCERT by Savion Glover – truly a case of too much of a good thing!  I’d love to hear about your favorite & memorable dance viewing experiences!

Welcome to the musings of resident dance sage!

Let’s get acquainted, shall we? I’ll tell you a bit about myself…I am an educator, specifically an Associate Professor of Dance at a large community college in Riverside, California (just east and south of LA). This blog is for my Dance Appreciation students, however, anyone who has an interest in dance may find the posts fun & festive and just a tad bit informative!  So, let’s have at it, folks – welcome to my blog!

Inland Empire Powwows

If you are interested in Native American dance, there are several powwows coming up in the Southern California area in the fall. Here’s a listing of the ones I know of – please feel free to post any additional powwows of interest!
9/16-18 15th Annual Soboba Inter-tribal Powwow (San Jacinto)

9/23-25 – 21st Annual Thunder & Lightning Powwow (Cabazon)
http://www.morongo.com
10/7-9 San Manuel Annual Powwow @ CSU San Bernardino
sanmanuel-nsn.gov/culture_powwow
11/12-13 10th Annual UC Irvine Powwow
http://clubs.uci.edu/aisa