A Celebration of UCLA Dance


The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance celebrates UCLA’s history of the academic and performative dance discipline at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in Kaufman Hall.
Featuring performances by UCLA Department of Dance alumni, the dance celebration will honor the legacy of the founders of the dance department: Elsi Dunin, Pia Gilbert, Alma Hawkins, Carol Scothorn, Doris Siegal and Allegra Snyder.


ACDA Baja Region Conference


UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures was represented at the ACDA Baja Region Conference – April 6-9, 2017 – Congratulations to WACD MFA candidate Darrian O’Reilly – her choreographic work, “Veil”, was selected for its Gala Concert that featured eleven pieces out of 48 that were adjudicated during this conference.  Her dancers, Natalee Palmer  (WACD senior) and Claudia Mayoss (WACD sophomore dance major) were welcomed enthusiastically in their performances of Darrian’s piece. 


Polly Nooter Roberts ~ The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts



Listed as one of two notable museum openings this Spring and Summer by the New York Times is “The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts” curated by World Arts and Cultures/Dance professor Polly Nooter Roberts. Click here to read the full notice.




TOUCH is a showcase of dance performance from two choreographers and MFA candidates, Casey Brown and Bernard Brown. Both choreographers mine their personal histories to search, question, and celebrate. 


Culture Crossing Winter 2017

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Culture Crossing
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 06:00pm - 07:30pm ~ FREE
"An exciting end-of-quarter performance where students and faculty show their work, which was generated in courses reflecting the vital creative perspectives from the department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.” Photo Credit: Issac Oboka.



#we - Four choreographers explore social issues through a movement-based, interdisciplinary performance.

Four choreographers will be presenting their movement-based works in an interdisciplinary program, and addresses social issues relevant to our times – gender, sexual orientation, identity, systemic racial contentions, and discrimination. 
At a time when our president is able to attach fear to diversity it is crucial to present diverse bodies on stage as a way to speak out together and stand in support of each other. Please support this unique and valuable event.


Inflatable Trio @ Skirball


Lionel Popkin's "Inflatable Trio" February 23, 24, and 25 Skirball Cultural Center L.A. premiere! Don’t miss esteemed UCLA choreographer-performer Lionel Popkin’s new dance work, presented as part of the inaugural Performance Lab at the Skirball. Inflatable Trio examines the tensions and contradictions of domestic life—all performed in and around a bright yellow inflatable living room set.


Split Britches


In collaboration with WACD, The Skirball Cultural Center and the departments of Theater and LGBT Studies, theater professor Sylvan Oswald has organized a visit to our campus from queer performance icons Split Britches. 


Wacsmash 2017 Kickstarter Campaign


WACD Community~Below is the link for the 2017 Wacsmash Kickstarter Campaign. Please take a moment to donate if you can. They need to reach their goal by February 5! Wacsmash 2017 is an interdisciplinary showcase choreographed and produced by undergraduate students at UCLA.

Robert Een ~ Fowler


Robert Een of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance faculty combines voice and cello to open the ear to new sonic possibilities. World Arts and Cultures/Dance doctoral student Ellen Gerdes and other special guests join Een. Fowler Out Loud: Robert Een Concert / Performance, 6:00 PM -January 25, 2017, Fowler Museum ~ UCLA

Bernard Brown ~ Fowler


Choreographer Bernard Brown presents solo and small ensemble dances connecting past and present. Performed in the exhibition Nkame, Brown and dancers explore how movement, space, and intention can translate to freedom for the black body, mind, and spirit. Fowler Out Loud: Bernard Brown Concert / Performance, 6:00 PM - January 18, 2017, Fowler Museum ~ UCLA


UCLA's arts and architecture community describes power of art in new film


What role do the arts play in society?

“The arts can guide us by the hand into the most complex worlds of thought about how we exist in the world,” says art historian Polly Nooter Roberts, a UCLA professor of world arts and cultures/dance, in “An Imaginative Offer,” a new film celebrating the arts. See the film here.

Fiat Lux


Watch a short film from UCLA Undergraduate Education Initiatives featuring Dr. David Delgado Shorter from WACD. Click here to see the film. 

UCLA Fiat Lux Seminar: World Arts and Cultures (WL ARTS) 19 - Meditation for College Students
This one hour seminar introduces UCLA students to techniques for meditation. New and experienced students have opportunity to deepen their meditation practice and use those techniques to navigate both personal and academic environments.

Slamming Hunger

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The UCLA Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance presents "Slamming Hunger” a storytelling performance. Students from Dan Froot’s “Slamming Hunger” course tell personal stories about hunger and food-insecuritiy on campus and beyond. We use oral history methodology to unearth our own relationships to food insecurity. We then learn the art of storytelling, using our personal narratives to explore the complexities of hunger, the invisible ways in which it is woven into our lives, and to help decrease the stigma of not being able to afford enough food. We have all been surprised at what we’ve found. You will be, too. See the trailer here.


Hidden in Plain Bite: The Surprising Impact of Our Food Choices


Hidden in Plain Bite: The Surprising Impact of Our Food Choices Talk by Nora Kramer, Factory Farm Awareness Coalition Hosted by UCLA Food & Social Justice Working Group Tuesday, October 25 2:00pm Kaufman 208 FREE


Yes to Bodies 2016


Yes To Bodies 
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater #200 ~ 10/28/16 @7PM ~ Features work choreographed and performed by WAC/D students as they thoughtfully investigate the relationships between body and mind, dancer and viewer, and art and life as inspired by Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto. FREE

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WACD grad student Bernard Brown featured in the Daily Bruin: Dancer challenges sexuality stereotypes through unique choreography. Click here to read the full story. Photo by Maryrose Kulick.

Kyle Abraham joins WACD

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MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham Joins UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Faculty. Read the press release here. 


WACD Hothouse welcomes Ali Kheradyar

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WACD 2016 Hothouse welcomes Ali Kheradyar. Ali Kheradyar is an artist based in Los Angeles. Kheradyar attended New York University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study, concentrating in dance, music, and performance. Kheradyar received a Master's in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts.


WACD Hothouse welcomes Myrrhia Rodriguez

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WACD 2016 Hothouse welcomes Myrrhia Rodriguez. Myrrhia is a Los Angeles-based queer, feminist, choreographer and dancer in process, developing, practicing, asking questions, and uncovering meaning with movement. She holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from UCLA.


Maria Diaz


Recent graduate Maria Diaz featured in the Daily Bruin. Maria's talks about the Fuego y Sabor Latino Dance organization & studio she co-directs. See the Daily Bruin article here.

Janet O'Shea Beyond Winning


In this recent TEDx presentation entitled Beyond Winning WACD Professor Janet O'Shea shows us how physical play lets us to compete without needing to win and teaches us how to disagree with respect. See it here

Versa-Style in the Montana Standard


WACD's Jackie Lopez & Versa-Style featured in the Montana Standard. Read it here. Photo by George Simian. 

Sandra Parra


WACD student Sandra Parra featured in the Daily Bruin. See the full story here. Photo by Laura Uzes.

Exquisite Corps


Check out a new short film by Mitchell Rose called "Exquiste Corps". Choreographic snippets by WACD faculty: David Rousseve, Vic Marks, Ann Carlson & Lionel Popkin. With music by WACD adjunct Robert Een.  42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance. See it here.

First Hand 2016


Featuring new work by faculty artists Rennie Harris, Melinda Ring, Natsuo Tomita, and Ros Warby, the First Hand Faculty Concert is UCLA’s Department of WAC/D presentation of in-progress choreography. June 3rd 8pm, June 4th 8pm. Kaufman Hall Theater

Tickets are now available for purchase on Ticketmaster or through CTO.

Kyle Abraham


Special Guest Lecture and Demonstration with Kyle Abraham
Tuesday May 10th
Kaufman 200


Fourth Wall - Senior Projects 2016

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UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Presents Festival of Senior Projects- FOURTH WALL, Presenting Performance, Art and Scholarship Friday and Saturday at 3-8:30pm on May 13th & 14th in Glorya Kaufman Hall.  The 4 Ticketed performance programs will feature program A Fri. at 4 pm and Sat. at 7 pm, Program B Fri at 7 pm and Sat at 4 pm, with Open House exhibitions and workshops to attend before, and in between programs at 3-3:45pm and 6-6:45pm. Ticketing: $6 general. Purchase at Central Ticketing Office. 



Lionel Popkin - Inflatable Park


The 2016 Tongva After Dark Series opens with a spectacular, new, site-specific dance work by noted Los Angeles choreographer & WACD Chair Lionel Popkin. 

Tongva After Dark: Lionel Popkin's Inflatable Park ~ Wednesday, April 20, 2016 ~ 7:30pm - 8:30pm ~ Tongva Park ~ Santa Monica, CA

For more event info click here


Rennie Harris Exodus


Exodus by WACD professor Rennie Harris coming soon to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Costa Mesa. To read the Los Angeles Times review of the show click here. Photo by Barbara Davidson/ LA Times

Dan Froot NPN Award

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Professor Dan Froot awarded a National Performance Network Creation Fund commission, plus a Forth Fund award. Click here to read more about the project and the award.


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