CSULB Department of Dance

CSULB Department of Dance


Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE live at Royce Hall

Choreographer Ronald K. Brown blends African dance traditions and contemporary dance vocabulary to create an aesthetic style that is earthy, powerful and intimate.

CAP UCLA presents the new work, The Equality of Night and Day: First Glimpse, featuring an original score by acclaimed jazz pianist Jason Moran and spoken word by educator and activist Angela Davis. Also performed will be Upside Down, a repertoire classic that uses the loss of a community member as a rite and calls for solidarity.

Join us before the show and during intermission in the West Lobby and Terrace for a Pop-Up Library, Open-Mic, and special exhibit featuring music, books, photos, speeches and archival materials from UCLA Library Special Collections relating to Angela Davis and her relationship to UCLA and Los Angeles. We can't wait to see you!
Get your tickets now and join us for our first in-person performance at Royce Hall since 2020. Saturday, March 5 at 8 PM PT!

GET TICKETS: bit.ly/3JjIqB3
Guest Artist Audition

Thursday, February 24, 2022

On February 24th, we will be holding an audition for BIPOC & People of the Global Majority dancers to join the Roderick George residency as Guest Artists.

- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and People of the Global Majority dancers to potentially be Guest Artists for a choreography residency in 2022 with Roderick George and L.A. Contemporary Dance Company.

- Contemporary dancers with strong floorwork, ballet, and hip-hop styling. Comfort and experience with vocalization through spoken word and/or song in live performance is a plus.
- Prioritizing dancers who are Los Angeles-based.
- Dancers of all backgrounds are welcome to attend.

Project Description
This new work is a redevelopment of “Tainted” that had its world premiere with LACDC at Odyssey Theatre in 2020. The original work was a solo narrowed on the vision of the dancer, Jamila Glass, and how she could see her existence as the only Black woman in white spaces. In its new form with a larger cast, Roderick George aims to expand the ideas of cultural appropriation and tokenism to include conversations with a broader perspective.

George’s movement vocabulary combines the strict lines and courtly rituals of ballet with the precision and dynamism of hop-hop and club dancing. His choreography is known for its ever-shifting play of contrasts and extremes, and for encouraging dancers to explore the edges of what they think may be physically possible.

Audition Info:
To expedite the audition process, all dancers must fill out the online registration form, which will include uploading a headshot, full body shot, and a resume. Please register by Thursday, February 23rd at 6pm PST.

MORE INFO: https://www.lacontemporarydance.org/audition-2022
PRE-REGISTER: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesxw4aB-
Obituary for my dear friend and colleague June Finch who I had the honor to share the stage for several years.
The National Choreographers Initiative Returns to the Irvine Barclay Theater July 24, 2021 at 8 PM with choreographers Sean Carmon, Mari Meade, Kate Skarpetowska, and Eva Stone.

Molly Lynch, artistic director

The National Choreographers Initiative is an important
laboratory for new work. Pieces created here land in
companies across the country and around the world.
New works are the lifeblood of dance and we are proud
to get the blood flowing again.

Tickets: $45 in-person; $20 streaming

thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646

Photo by Dave Friedman
Updated today 7/1/21
National Choreographers Initiative: July 24, 2021

Website: https://bit.ly/3y0yZAN

Molly Lynch, artistic director

Tickets go on sale on July 14, 2021

Be the first to experience the cutting-edge choreography created during the National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) this summer.
LA Grooves Announces Virtual Performance

Don't miss your chance to see our next performance premiering
July 18th at 5pm PDT!

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3604uPv
Updated Today: 1/2/2021

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Operating as usual


It is with great sadness that CSULB Dance shares that former Department Chair Judy Allen lost her battle with cancer on November 25. Judy came to CSULB after leading dance programs at the University of Iowa, University of Hawaii-Manoa, and George Mason University. In addition to being a dedicated teacher, choreographer, and administrator, Judy held three executive board offices for the American College Dance Festival Association (now ACDA) including President. Judy’s enthusiasm and drive were non-stop, whether she was planning a festival, leaving a late-night voice message, or sharing her world-famous lemon squares with the Department. She is survived by her husband Ed and her brother Gary. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Iowa’s School of Music Percussion Ensemble, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, the Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, or the Iowa City Hospice. Judy’s full obituary is available at https://www.thegazette.com/obituaries/judith-judy-novak-allen/?fbclid=IwAR3GIn4dNqtGNCOu7rQVn7f_O8Myeq7PeD5S9UO1aQzYHZiXvUOX9tdcrVw.


Congratulations on a gorgeous opening night everyone!


Another opportunity to work with Janis Brenner.

Janis will be conducting another Voice/Movement Zoom Workshop this Sunday, 11/20 at 1pm EST with our long-running Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble workshop series! Register soon! www.meredithmonk.org

Photos from CSULB Department of Dance's post 11/16/2022

CSULB Dance in Concert opens TONIGHT! Don't miss your chance to see six incredible pieces, choreographed by our faculty and guest artist Donna Uchizono. CSULB Dance in Concert runs November 16-19 at 8PM / November 19 at 2PM & 8PM in the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater. If you can't make it in person, we have a Live Stream Event TOMORROW, November 17th at 8PM PST. All tickets can be purchased at the link below:

CSULB DANCE IN CONCERT TICKETS: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/carpenterarts/6773?productionidlist=198028

LIVE STREAM TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-csulb-dance-in-concert-tickets-425181117167

We would love to see you there!


TOMORROW! Let’s get spooky, CSULB Dance 👻 join us at the Pyramid at 11:00AM for some special Halloween festivities. has a special dance choreographed and has a costume contest planned. There may even be prizes! We can’t wait to see you there AND in costume. DISCLAIMER: if you are in an 11AM technique class, please first report to your class so your instructor can take attendance. Happy Halloween, dancers! 🎃

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THIS SATURDAY! and Tashara Gavin-Moorehead are hosting Jazz House: A Dance Social Event in Studio 7 from 11AM-12:30PM. Jazz House is a collaborative effort to bring together African Diasporic social dances together while creating an environment of freestyle and improvisation. This event is designed to encourage students to expand their vernacular jazz and house movement vocabularies and how to use them in a social context while building community through dance. See you there!

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Photos from CSULB Department of Dance's post 10/15/2022

Last chance to watch our Variance Concert!

Tickets available for our 2pm matinee and 8pm evening performance.

🎟Tickets are on sale through the link in bio
(CSULB dance majors don’t forget to use your student discount!)

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Photos from CSULB Department of Dance's post 10/13/2022

Opening night is TONIGHT!

Variance runs October 13th -15th at 8 pm along with a Saturday matinee performance at 2 pm

Tonight is your only opportunity to Live-stream our performance. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to grab your virtual tickets at the link in bio.

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Tonight is the night!

Variance premieres at 8 PM in the Martha B Knoebel Dance Theater and LIVE on your screen if you purchase the live stream link.

Tonight is the only night the show will be live streamed, so don’t miss out!

Head to the link in bio to purchase all tickets. We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

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CSULB Dance is heartbroken to announce that Dance Faculty Emerita Patricia Remick Finot has passed away on September 29 at the age of 85. Pat taught at the department from 1977 - 2004 and left a lasting impression on the students during that time. She will be greatly missed.

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Tickets for 2022 VARIANCE: A BFA Dance Concert are now ON SALE at https://www.csulb.edu/dance/event/2022-variance-a-bfa-dance-concert

Check out a little behind the scenes action below, recorded at final showings! Variance features the choreographic work of 4 BFA students, Kendall Chatham, Tori Cone, Eliza Loran, and Julia Russell, as well as Dance Faculty Keith Johnson and CSULB Dance alumni and artist in residence, Dolly Sfeir.

October 13th at 8:00PM
October 14th at 8:00PM
October 15th at 2:00PM & 8:00PM

You don't want to miss this very special celebration of dance. We hope to see you there!

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Photos from CSULB Department of Dance's post 08/22/2022

Welcome back to campus, CSULB! MFA Thesis Auditions will be held THIS Thursday, August 25th from 6-8PM. We will meet in the Dance Courtyard at 5:30PM for check-in. Casting will be announced on or before Tuesday, August 30th. Choreographers may reach out to you to clarify your information and availability during this process. Swipe for more information. We’ll see you there!

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Slide of Important Dates:
A soft yellow slide whose header reads “Important Dates” in black text. Below, the dates, times and tasks are listed, which reads “August 25th @ Noon: APPLICATIONS DUE August 25th @ 6p: AUDITION (5:30p check in) December 9th 2:30-4:30p: Thesis Progress Showing Month of March: Tech and Show for MFA Thesis Show. (NOTE: Each choreographer will have a different date.” in black text)
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A soft yellow slide whose header reads “Schedule of Audition” in black text. Below is the order of how the MFA audition will run and Santa, Azuki, Katie, and AJ’s names are underlined. It reads “Santa (warm up): 6-6:15 Azuki: 6:15-6:50 Katie: 6:50-7:25p AJ: 7:25-8p” in black text.

Azuki’s Picture:
An image of Azuki closing her eyes, tilting her head upwards towards the cloudy, powder puff blue skies. She is covering her mouth, has a tattoo of arms hugging above her elbow and is wearing a black top. Above, reads her full name and what she is looking for in her thesis cast. “Azuki Umeda: Hey all! I’m looking for those who understand musicality, timing, and want to further research music visualization through text, instrumentation, and sounds in general. Must understand dynamics and textures. The more versatile, the better.”

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Photos from CSULB Department of Dance's post 07/20/2022

⭐️ Attention CSULB Dance Majors and Minors ⭐️ there is STILL time to register for some amazing Dance courses this fall! Are you looking for a few more credits to round out your semester? Look no further! Swipe for course details and login to MyCSULB to sign up TODAY!

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Slide 3) Beige background with black text. The text reads “Beginning/Intermediate Tap Dance, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00PM-2:40PM with Steve Zee”
Slide 4) Beige background with black text. The text reads “Intermediate Modern, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00AM-10:40AM with Liz Curtis”
Slide 5) Beige background with black text. The text reads “Ballet Pointe, Fridays 11:00AM-12:40PM with Lisa Johnson”
Slide 6) Beige background with black text. The text reads “Dance Activity I (Limon Technique), Fridays 9:00AM-10:40AM with Brenna Monroe-Cook”
Slide 7) Beige background with black text. The text reads “Dance Laboratory (Jazz and Theatre), Fridays 11:00AM-12:40PM with Steven Sofia”
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Slide 9) Yellow Background with beige internet browser graphic. The text reads “Don’t delay…Enroll today! Login to your CSULB Single Sign-On and sign up for one of these amazing courses in the Student Center (MyCSULB) application. Check your CSULB Student Email for more detailed course information.]


The Audio Description and Closed Captioned version of our 2022 Contemporary Dance Festival: Program A & B is on sale now and available for online viewing from Wed, May 18, 2022, 12:00 PM – Wed, May 25, 2022, 12:00 PM PDT with your digital ticket purchase. Link in Bio.

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Photos from CSULB Department of Dance's post 04/27/2022

Kevin Holland's “Go” and Yukiko Nimura's “See the X” were chosen to be a part of the ACDA At-Large Virtual Adjudication Gala Concert B! 26 dances were adjudicated in Concert B and 10 made the Gala. Congratulations to Kevin and Yukiko and their amazing casts who danced these works in our fall Variance concert. Thank you, also, to all of the designers who were a part of these presentations.

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Hey Seniors.. check this out!

Backhausdance, Southern California’s critically-acclaimed contemporary dance company is seeking dancers of all identities for its 2022-2023 season. Strong modern technique with a solid ballet background is required. Audition will be in-person with possible call backs.

Saturday May 14, 2022 | 1pm-4pm
Partridge Dance Center (190 N Cypress St. Orange, CA 92866)

We are strong advocates for inclusivity and celebrate diversity of people, perspectives, and ideas. Dancers of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To register, please contact [email protected]
Visit backhausdance.org/audition for more information.



Introducing Eliza Loren, whose piece “crush me mush me” will be performed in the Program B shows. In “crush me mush me”, the process of loving and hurting the ones close to us is explored vicariously through the process of peeling a pomelo fruit--a large citrus originating from Southeast Asia which bears sweet, tart, and fragrant fruit, protected by many layers of flesh. How is the flesh when full and how can it be emptied? Peel, pick, press, pull, pound, pierce, unveil.

Program B will be live streamed on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the live stream are $15 and can be purchased via the link in our bio.

Photography by Gregory R.R. Crosby

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Introducing Rafael Austria, whose piece “The Gift of Dance” will be performed in the Program B shows. Rafael shares that “‘The Gift of Dance’ celebrates the diversity of bodies and dance styles connected through the Mathematical concept of the ‘Golden Ratio', sometimes called ‘The Divine Proportion.’ The dancers move with a repeating spiral theme as well as a specific way of counting movement phrases. This dance also takes the audience through different chapters of the piece, showcasing the different ways that dance has served humanity throughout our history as well as the present.”

Program B will be live streamed on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the live stream are $15 and can be purchased via the link in our bio.

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Congratulations to Program A on an amazing opening night! Program B will be opening their shows this evening!

Introducing Kevin Holland, whose piece “Pivot” will be performed in the Program B shows. “Pivot” takes place in the space where we hover before contact is made. It is a piece about nearness and proximity, and feeling the energy of those around us through reverberations in place of physical touch. It explores finding everything you need through touch, but from a distance, and relying on other ways to relate to one another

Program B will be live streamed on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the live stream are $15 and can be purchased via the link in our bio.

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Introducing Jayde Spiegel, whose piece “Listen Closer” will be performed in the Program B shows. “Listen Closer” follows the journey between intuition and follow-through. The dancer explores recognizing innate thoughts and desires, and allowing them to develop into fully realized ideas and feelings. There's a struggle to follow through on intuitive voices without getting swept up and lost in external factors around you.

Program B will be live streamed on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the live stream are $15 and can be purchased via the link in our bio.

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Introducing José Argueta, whose piece “crossroads” will be performed in the Program B shows. “crossroads” explores the conflict between the artistic and the academic. In choosing between one or the other, different voices with conflicting opinions are personified through the use of the hands. The exhaustion from conflict is brought to life through movement which brings together both soft and rigid movement qualities.

Program B will be live streamed on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the live stream are $15 and can be purchased via the link in our bio.

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Introducing Kyrea Eubanks and Melissa Valenzuela, whose piece “In Reach'' will be performed in the Program B shows. They share that their “piece embodies the human experience of feeling as though we are at the mercy of our surroundings and those who surround us. This then results in making the taxing effort to earn love and approval as though it is a reward, and is followed by guilt and shame. The vulnerability and intensity of being acquiescent played an important role in our process.”

Program B will be live streamed on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the live stream are $15 and can be purchased via the link in our bio.

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Introducing Natalie Bojorquez, whose piece “Tias” will be performed in the Program B shows. In “Tias,” Natalie explores womanhood based on her interactions and encounters of her aunts, or better known as her Tias. She is most interested in how unique and powerful they are as individuals but even more fascinated by how powerful they can be when together. In observing their interactions she was inspired to explore the femininity, strength, and beauty exuded between them and how this ties into society's perception of women.

Program B will be live streamed on Friday, April 22. Tickets for the live stream are $15 and can be purchased via the link in our bio.

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