Great Opportunity for Field Work this weekend!

UC Riverside is hosting its annual Pow wow this weekend! It’s local, free and perfect for Dance 6 students who need to do their Field Work/Additional Dance Critique before the deadline!  Click on the link below to get the exact location and time for Friday evening and Saturday’s festivities.



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!

MacArthur Fellowship recognizes tap dancer & choreographer Michelle Dorrance!

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation recognizes the work of artists, writers, scholars and the like for their ongoing efforts.  The cash award has no conditions, other than “keep on keepin’ on…” I did not recognize Michelle Dorrance’s name at first, but after a profile on NPR, I thought what Ms. Dorrance has accomplished has been a worthy addition to the many contemporary choreographers who have been given the “Genius” grant, such as Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, and Twyla Tharp.  Here’s the link to the interview that was featured last week:

World Ballet Day!

In the spirit of “all-things-in-the-world-must-have-a-yearly-designated-day”, (hey, it was National Coffee Day on Tuesday), someone, somewhere thought October 1st should be a day when ballet could be celebrated all over the world via the internet! For 23 hours, live streaming video feeds will reveal the inner workings of The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.  Why not take a look today?

A couple of dance events that did not make it on the Calendar!

Hi, Dance Sixers!

There are a couple of I.E. dance events that would be eligible for either Field Work/Additional Dance Concert OR extra credit, so here is the information:

The 2015 Mariachi Festival is coming to Fairmount Park September 18 and 19th! Submerge yourself in culture through dance, music, food and art. There are many different ways to get involved in the Mariachi Festival. Submit a piece of art in the annual art contest, see how your favorite salsa recipe fares in the Wild or Mild Salsa Recipe Contest, shop among the many event vendors or simply enjoy an afternoon of dancing and music.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at any City of Riverside community center. Get your tickets today. Pre-sale tickets are $12.50 through 5 p.m. Friday, September 18 and $20 per person at the gate.  There is no on-line pre-sale for this event – you must go to a City of Riverside community center in person to purchase pre-sale tickets.

Another possibility:

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will hold its annual Pow Wow at Cal State San Bernardino from Oct. 7-9, featuring music, dancers, crafts, demonstrations and popular Native American food’s such as Frybread.

Known in their native language as the “Yuhaviatam” or “People of the Pines,” the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have held the annual event at CSUSB for the past 10 years, dating to 2001. Along with dance and drum  competitions during the three-day celebration, the Pow Wow will also have vendors selling unique artesian crafts and jewelry.

All activities to take place  on the university’s soccer fields near Coussoulis Arena.

The Pow Wow will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday October 7  with the blessing of the grounds, followed by registration. Later in the evening there will be the formal Grand Entry.

During this event, the dancers demonstrate various styles and vie with each other for points in the competitions.

The ceremonies will continue with dignitaries representing various tribes, followed by tribal representatives carrying flags of the United States, Canada, California, MIA-POW and the visiting tribes. The evening will feature intertribal dancing, contest dancing and exhibition dancing. On Oct. 8 and 9, the Pow Wow will begin with the gourd dance and bird singing and dancing.

For more information, contact the San Manuel community center at (909) 864-8933 or visit for grand entry times and contest information.

I hope you will take this opportunity to see dance in your community, as well as in class!