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  • Our curriculum Sam
    Our curriculum emphasizes working in and with communities across the globe.
  • MA PhD in Culture and Performance

    MA/PhD in Culture and Performance

    WACD emphasizes interdisciplinary and intercultural research on performance and creativity.

  • Center Global Health

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

  • Peter

    Many of our students study critical curatorial practices, asking how art is shown, shared, and produced in local and global contexts.

  • World arts field studies

    World Arts Field Studies

    Our student engage in intensive explorations of diverse communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Cropped Weaving

    Our BA degree in World Arts and Culture provides courses in visual studies, community arts and activism, as well as ethnographic practices.

  • SHORTER

    Among the performances we study, ritual provides a particular insight into people's world views. 

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    WACD

    WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE—the name itself expresses a commitment to cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

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    MFA in Dance

    The MFA in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Here, MFA student Kevin Williamson showcases his project on masculinity, intimacy, and internalized homophobia.

  • CTR

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

BA in World Arts and Cultures
Focuses on three concentrations:
  • Community-based, arts activism
  • Studies of visual culture
  • Critical ethnographies
BA in Dance
Focuses on training and education in:
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Dance theory
  • Videography
  • Dance in the public sphere
MFA in Dance
Focuses in training those pursuing a professional choreographic career
PhD in Culture and Performance
Focuses in development of scholarly approaches to variously combined aspects of the:
  • Arts
  • Globalization
  • Curation
  • Film
  • Ritual
  • Colonialisms
  • Politics
  • Healing
  • Critical dance studies

 



 

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In the News

simoneforti 

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE awarded to WACD Adjunct Professor Simone Forti. For her revolutionary, fearless, and widely influential approach to movement, pushing the boundaries of what dance could be–in her dance constructions and improvised work. For years of investigation into the human body in motion, finding poetry in gravitational forces, the movement of animals, and the natural world.

Click here to read more about the awards.

pollyroberts19592018 

IN MEMORIAM: ‘POLLY’ NOOTER ROBERTS, ART HISTORIAN AND SCHOLAR OF AFRICAN ART ROBERTS’ LEGACY LIVES ON IN THE LIVES SHE TOUCHED AND HER CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS


Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts, UCLA professor of world arts and cultures/dance, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Tuesday, Sept. 11. She was 59, and had been living with stage four metastatic breast cancer for more than eight years. Roberts was trained as an art historian and became one of the world’s foremost scholars of African arts. She focused her research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she undertook long-term dissertation research among Luba peoples, and in Senegal, where she conducted field research on the arts of a local Sufi movement called the Mouride Way.

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janetoshea 

In new book, professor explores the benefits of physical play like martial arts. Q&A with Janet O’Shea, UCLA professor of dance, about ‘Risk, Failure, Play: What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training.’ O’Shea, has dedicated her life and career to the study and performance of dance. Inspired by martial artist Bruce Lee in the 1970s and armed with years of dance training, O’Shea began more recently to practice jeet kune do, the martial art that Lee created.

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Nia Love

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Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

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Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...
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Christy Bolingbroke

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Mon Oct 15 @12:00PM
CANCELLED Empire's Innards: Conjuring ‘Warm Data' in Archives of US Global Military Detention
Tue Oct 16 @ 6:30PM
What is Beauty?
Tue Oct 23 @ 6:30PM
What is Freedom?
Wed Oct 24 @ 5:30PM
Beauty Bites Beast Film Screening and Discussion
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...
Christy Bolingbroke

Christy Bolingbroke

 It isn't every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens i...