Last chance concerts this weekend!

UC Irvine Dance Concert

ABT’s The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Claremont

Inland Dance Theater’s The Nutcracker at the California Theater, San Bernardino

For those of you who need to view a dance concert for a critique or extra credit, check out the links listed above.  As usual, most of the dance productions in December are of the Nutcracker variety, but there is the M.F.A. concert at UC Irvine to mix things up! Hopefully, one of them will be perfect for you!



Long Night of Arts & Innovation, and other upcoming FREE dance events!

Tonight, Wednesday, October 12, 2017, all over the downtown area of Riverside dance will be one of the arts represented in the bi-annual Long Night of Arts and Innovation.  Although there will be plenty to see, hear and do, there are many RCC Dance related performances that should draw your attention during the evening.  At 7pm & 8pm, Infuse Dance Studio, co-owned by RCC Dance Alumni April MacLean, will have a performance right outside their studio, located between University and 6th Street (3737 Main Street). Also at 7pm, RCC Dance Faculty Kirsten Johansen and RCC and CalArts Alum Megan Fowler-Hurst, will be performing outside the UCR Culver Center for the Arts (3834 Main Street) near the fountain.  And as if that weren’t enough, at 8:00pm RCC Dance Faculty Sue Roginski and members of the dance group Counterpoint/Shift will be performing in front of City Hall, starting near the fountain (3900 Main Street, between 9th and 10th Streets).  Last, but certainly not least, our newest RCC Dance Faculty, Alfonso Cevera, will be performing at 5:00pm and 8:30pm inside the Culver Center!!! WHAT A GREAT, FREE OPPORTUNITY to see dance out in the community!

Coming in a few weeks is the Grand Opening of a new performance space in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts! Here is the link:

On Saturday, October 21 starting at 11:00am there will be outdoor events, music, dance, theatre performances along with activities for kids.  After dark, one of the featured dance performances is Bandaloop, who are known as pioneers in the world of vertical dance.  We saw their work in the Power of Dance / Breaking Boundaries portion of Dance 6 at the beginning of the semester.  This event is also FREE, and a rare opportunity to see this fantastic group!

Hope this helps you in your quest to SEE MORE DANCE!!!




Dancing Over 50

Stance on Dance is a wonderful blog – “creating dialogue and community around dance” is their mission.  They interview and promote dancers, choreographers and teachers, and are especially good at identifying interesting projects.  The new book, “Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond”, fits right in, and features my friend, Wade Madsen, as the book’s cover person!  Stance on Dance has a video clip promoting the book, as well as profiles of the each of the featured dancers. Check it out, and feel free to comment on the words of these wise and wonderful dance artists!


Hello to all the Fall Semester Dance 6 students, and anyone else who likes to know what’s goin’ on in the dance scene, especially in the Inland Empire, also known as that span of space between Los Angeles and Palm Springs!  Here’s something that occurs the first Thursday of each month that can be used for extra-credit, and will get you out and about:

Riverside Artswalk is a free monthly community event that celebrates the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire. Visit over 22 downtown locations, including museums, galleries and studios, presenting an eclectic mix of visual and performing arts. Either before or after, enjoy the many dining or shopping experiences that Downtown Riverside has to offer. All Ages | Admission is free.

When: September 7, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Riverside
For more information, please visit

Next month’s Riverside Artswalk is Thursday, October 5th, for those of you who like to plan ahead!

Another process-oriented activity is in Temecula, and if you are in either one of my Dance 6 classes, this counts towards your Field Work / Additional Dance Concert Critique requirement:

danceXchange is a monthly showcase presented in various settings at the Theater to bring the local dance community together in celebration of our varied and eclectic dance community and all it has to offer. No audition is necessary; but the work is always of a substantial quality.

Co-produced by Temecula Presents and the Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California, danceXchange engages new and diverse audiences, enriches experiences of current dance supporters, provides opportunities for interchange among the dance community, and brings local business sponsorship to dance programming at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

Anyone wishing to present a work-in-progress or a finished piece, should contact us at  All types of dance are encouraged to perform!  This is a friendly and supportive audience. Let’s Dance!


The danceXchange events scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, October 17, and November 21 would meet the deadline for the above-mentioned requirement.
Tickets can be purchased on-line:

I hope this gives you some incentive to get out there and SEE SOME DANCE!!!



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.