About residentdancesage

Currently a Professor of Dance at Riverside City College, I am blogging primarily as another outlet for interaction with students enrolled in my Dance Appreciation classes, but anyone who is interested in dance and my quirky sense of humor may be interested in my posts.

Upcoming dance concerts

As mentioned in class today, UCR is Dancing is a local dance production choreographed by UC Riverside Dance students and faculty, and a very inexpensive option for Dance 6 students.  Performances are Thursday, 3/9 at 8:00pm, Friday, 3/10 at 8:00pm, and Saturday, 3/11 at 5:00pm at the University Theater.  Tickets for students are $8.50 and general admission is $12.50.  There is a $5.50 parking fee as well.  Here is the link for more information:



Ahhh, Spring Semester ’17!

Where did February go? For Dance 6 students, we had a bit of a hiccup at the beginning of the semester, but now we are movin’ and a groovin’! As we continue with our theme of the Power of Dance / Breaking Boundaries, one of the most impressive American Dance Companies will be in So Cal this week. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has broken boundaries since its inception, and continues move and inspire audiences around the globe. We will be watching AAADT in action later in the semester, but if you want see them LIVE, I highly recommend taking the time to drive into LA and take care of your Additional Dance Concert Critique! March 8-12, 2017 at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown LA. Here is the link for program & ticket information:




To Know, or not to know?


So, does it enhance your enjoyment of a work of dance if you are aware of certain facts, such as the genre, choreographer, any story line or thematic thread?  Or, is it better to go in with absolutely no preconceived notions, and just react to what is before you?  That is the question, and some various presenters have come up with some interesting solutions:


Do you agree, that not knowing is a better way to go (after all, there’s no bias to affect you, based on previous likes/dislikes) or that marketing based on a choreographer’s reputation is essential in the digital world (will you go to a dance event that you know NOTHING about before hand)?

Give me some feedback, after you’ve read through the article from The Guardian.

A Dancer’s Story


Alexander Hardy has written an excellent piece on his life in dance, and his return to life at the barre. Humorous and evocative, I loved his candid observations and writing style. Dance Reality is a Dance 6 topic coming up in a couple of weeks – read this article as a preview of coming dance attractions!


Who knew?


The Huffington Post has been running a series of articles using the experiences of ballet dancers to comment on workplace issues. I’ve only caught the last installment, but I will be checking out the first two soon. Do you have any comments on this unique perspective?

Spring is flinging!

Welcome to the blog, Dance 6 and Dance 6H students! It’s been a good start for the Spring semester, and I look forward to our interaction as we head into the next fifteen weeks of dance discovery! Feel free to look through the archives for past discussion posts, and respond to anything that catches your fancy.

An article from Wired magazine caught my eye, and I’d like to know what you think about it:


See you in class!