More upcoming concerts!

I’ll be adding several options for your dance concert viewing this week – here is the first option:

UC Irvine Department of Dance presents
Physical Graffiti: May 1-3, 2014

Undergraduate Dance students present original choreography.

Loretta Livingston, artistic director

Dates: May 1-3, 2014
Thur – Sat, May 1-3 8:00 pm
Sat, May 3 2:00 pm

Admission: General $15 / Seniors $14 / Children & UCI Students $11

Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or online

Claire Trevor Theatre


Dancing for Free – the latest uproar!

It is interesting that we have just completed our “Dance Reality!” unit, where, in the film “Dancemaker”, we hear Paul Taylor dancer Ted Thomas relating that he would dance for free in order to keep his technique up to par. This revelation often surprises students who are realizing that dancing, as a profession, often does not pay all that well, even as they are observing a group of people who work extraordinarily hard at training, rehearsing and performing.
Thus, the news from “Down Under” does not really surprise, but definitely disappoints. Pop Diva Kylie Minogue’s latest music video “invitation” to dance at no pay verges on exploitation. Yes, it was published as a non-paying gig, but surely someone of Minogue’s stature in the dance music world would be willing to pay dancers scale instead of using the idea of “exposure” as payment enough. Please give me your reactions after reading the article from the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Upcoming Dance Events for that pesky Additional Dance Concert Critique!

As promised, here is a brief listing of upcoming Dance Events that would be PERFECT for any Dance 6 students who have not seen their required dance concert for critiquing purposes.
This weekend, Cal State Long Beach is presenting
CSULB in Concert: 20 Years in the Dance Center.
Lorin Johnson, Concert Director, said: “Our 20th anniversary concert is designed to showcase fresh, new choreography by the current faculty as well as works from the department’s past repertoire, including Evening Soul (1996) by beloved former faculty member Susan McLain. We feel enormously blessed to be able to practice our craft each day in this amazing Dance Center, and wish to pay homage to the legacy of the CSULB dance program with this concert. An exhibition in the lobby of the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater will display costumes, photographs and archival material illustrating the rich history of the department.”
Performances are scheduled for April 23, 24, and 25th at 8:00pm, with a matinee on the 26th at 2:00pm. A special gala performance will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 7:30pm – this one will probably be a sell-out, so the other performance times may have more availability. Of course, checking on-line for tickets is a must, and there is a $10 parking fee.

I will post more re: upcoming FREE UCR performance on May 1st, and Santa Ana College’s Student Dance Concert May 8-10th soon!

Ballet (as a profession) has issues…

The striking body lines, lightness of approach, unnatural “duck” stance, thin and mostly white women: this is the usual make up of female corps and principal dancers within most ballet companies in the United States. With a few exceptions (Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to mind, but even they have been out of commission for a few years), black female dancers in traditional ballet companies such as American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet have been scarce. Thank goodness for Misty Copeland, who is that rare bird – not only did she start training very late (age 13) for a ballet career, she managed to overcome and thrive in the not-very-encouraging environment of American classical ballet. Her interview in The Atlantic covers many issues facing young ballet dancers, as well as her journey as a dancer of color (which she covers in her book, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina”). Since we are about to start our “Dance Reality” section of class, this is very timely and perfect for Dance 6 students in my classes! Please read the interview and post your comments!