Department of Dance

Performances, Lectures & Presentations


UCR is Dancing

UCR is Dancing is the annual presentation of original choreography projects created by students in the Department of Dance. Held at the University Theater in early March, UCR is Dancing is the culmination of five quarters of choreography courses, and it showcases new ideas and experimentation in choreography and movement. UCR is Dancing also includes original choreography and historical dance reconstructions by faculty and professional guest artists.


At the start of the fall quarter, student choreographers hold auditions for their choreographic projects. Dancers, movers, and performers from all backgrounds are welcome to audition. Student choreographers will audition their works-in-progress at the end of the fall quarter for selection into UCR is Dancing. Dancers for pieces selected for UCR is Dancing rehearse through the winter quarter.

M.F.A. Dance Concerts

M.F.A. Dance Concerts are platforms for M.F.A. students to integrate concepts from across the required core courses (Representation, Collaboration, Improvisation, and Experimentation) and develop over several quarters a clear choreographic inquiry. Experimental in nature, M.F.A. Dance Concerts may take different forms. M.F.A. Dance Concerts demonstrates the M.F.A. student's thorough investigation and committed execution of a defined aesthetic concern. The concerts are as much an investigation into process as performance, and M.F.A. students are challenged to produce complex, engaging, and exciting new work through the application of experimental choreographic methods introduced in their individual project proposals.

M.F.A. Dance Concerts are in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance.

Graduate Student Dance Concert

The Graduate Student Dance Concert is an evening of bold new choreography exploring a wide range of performance practices and inventive movement forms. Starting in 1997, this event has become a periodic student-run platform for both Ph.D. and M.F.A. scholars to share their investigations into experimental modes of choreographic research and performance. In acknowledging the scholars’ positions on a path towards individual, scholarly and communal growth, the concert serves to provide a creative critical environment for the presentation of artistic investigations into the process, theory, and practice of dance making.

Spring Forward: New Dances by Emerging UCR Choreographers

Spring Forward is a public showing of undergraduate choreography featuring new dances by the Dance 114B composition class. This low tech, high-risk platform offers dance majors and minors the opportunity to showcase the various choreographic methods and structures they have been working on throughout the quarter.

Dance Under Construction

Dance Under Construction (DUC) is an interdisciplinary forum for presenting graduate student work theorizing dance, performance, and the body. It originated as an initiative of the graduate students of UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and has been hosted by various UC campuses. DUC has grown to an annual student-run event for dance and performance scholars, as well as those in related disciplines. Designed for the development of intellectual inquiry in a supportive and rigorous environment, the conference offers students a chance to explore through experimental modes of research and performance. This interdisciplinary event provides a rare and important discursive space for the stimulation and presentation of cutting-edge research in topics related to the body as a site of cultural identification. Previous conferences have addressed artistic and intellectual exploration of themes such as the Politics of Choreography, Black Aesthetics, Technology and Dance, Globalization, Transnational Bodies, Gender and Sexuality, Dance and Popular culture and Postcolonialism and Performance.

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Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture Series in Dance Studies

The Schlundt Lecture was endowed by Christena Lindborg Schlundt, a founding faculty member of UCR and of the Department of Dance. (See  The fund is to support periodic lectures on Research in Dance History and Theory.  

Previous Recipients

October 21, 2016
Lecture by Yvonne Daniel, "Social Dancing in the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America" given as part of the opening reception for UCR's Festival of Social Dance.

April 8, 2016
Lecture by Cleis Abeni (aka Tree Turtle, nee Jonathan David Jackson), “Excavating the Social in Black Vernacular & Hip Hop Era Dancing,” given as the opening talk and reception for the Show & Prove 2016 Hip Hop Studies Conference. 

March 12, 2015
Lecture by Constance Valis Hill, “Body and Soul: Musings on Jazz, Dancing, and Female Corporeality,” and Master Class “Dancing Motown”

November 14, 2013
Lecture by Susan Leigh Foster, Christena L. Schlundt Lecture for the 20th Anniversary of the Critical Dance Studies Department

April 11, 2013
Lecture by Wendy Heller, “Satyrs, Nymphs, and Dancing Toys: Gender Politics in 17th-century Theatrical Dance”

October 11, 2010
Lecture by Margarita Tortajada Quiroz, “Branches and Roots: Two Generations of Female Mexican Choreographers Building Their Identity”

October 7, 2009
Lecture by Brenda Dixon Gottschild, “Researching Performance – the (Black) Dancing Body as a Measure of Culture”

April 30, 2008 
Lecture by Thomas Guzman-Sanchez, “Urban Street Dance Anthropology”

February 26, 2007
Lecture by Marta Elena Savigliano, “World Dance and Dancing Out There in the World”

May 5, 2004
Lecture by Anita Gonzalez, “Reading the Stones and Centering the World: Contexts for Maya Ritual Performance”

Lecture by Rachel Fensham, “Genealogy of an Indigenous Dance Formation,” Inaugural Christena Schlundt Lecture

DANCE 280: Current Topics in Dance Research (Colloquium)

Current Topics in Dance Research is an on-going Dance  colloquium course that takes the format of a lecture/demonstration series by established and emerging scholars, performance artists, and dancers on interdisciplinary approaches to dance and the body, invited by the Department of Dance to share their work with the larger academic community of UC Riverside.

End-of-the-Quarter Dance Showings

At the end of every quarter, students in composition and movement classes showcase what they have learned in class. These informal showings exhibit students’ ability to enact and remember patterns of rhythm, effort, and movement organization and visual design. These informal showings serve to encourage students with little or no experience in dance to experience the performance aspect of dance.  

Specific classes, dates, times, and locations for the End-of-the-Quarter Dance Showings are announced toward the end of each quarter.

Culture Days: UCR Dances

A three-day festival usually held in March, Culture Days: UCR Dances showcases the works-in-progress of the many student organizations at UC Riverside, as they prepare for their annual cultural shows. Participants include cultural organizations such as Katipunan, the Vietnamese Student Association, Asian Indian Student Association, Chinese Student Association, and other student dance organizations.

This festival provides the UCR community a rare opportunity to witness the creative, artistic, and political endeavors of students involved in the production of their own cultural shows. The results are as varied as the artists. Some artists address identity, issues of globalization through dance and drama, or explore movement and text investigating the politics of dislocation through war and immigration. Others investigate love, romance, and the fusion of classical ethnic dances with contemporary movement.

Culture Days: UCR Dances takes place at the ARTS Open Air Theatre.

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Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department of Dance
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