Department of Dance

M.F.A Students

M.F.A Students

Back to Our People Alfonso Cervera

Alfonso Cervera

Alfonso Cervera is a second-year M.F.A. student in Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside, where he has received the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award and the M.F.A. Fellowship Award. Cervera’s interest and research as a choreographer draw from his experiences as a Folklórico dancer and the entanglement that has made in his practice of Contemporary movement. He currently invests his time being a performer and collaborator with his peers Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier, Irvin Gonzalez, and Patty Huerta in Primera Generación Collective, where they share similar artistic interests in the Mexican-American identity and the exposure of the desmadre (messiness)Cervera has had various opportunities to showcase his independent work and collaborative work at the Culver Center of the Arts; Field Studies in New York; La Pena in Berkeley; BRAVA Ballet Arts in Riverside; Lux Boreal’s 4 x 4 in Tijuana, Mexico; The Bootleg Theater; REDCAT Center for Contemporary Arts; Brockus Project Studio; Highways Performance Space; 2016 American College Dance Festival; homeLA and the ARC. Cervera continues his practice as a performer and mover as he partakes in dance companies like Ballet Folklórico Grandeza Mexicana, WXPT under Taisha Paggett, Intersect Dance Theatre with  Sofia Carreras, and lastly WHAT Dance Theatre under Julie Satow Freeman.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Godoy


Rebeca Hernandez

Rebeca Hernandez-Fajardo

Rebeca Hernandez is a second-year M.F.A. student in Experimental Choreography at University of California, Riverside. She is a recipient of a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship and she is a second-year Gluck Fellow. She is a dancer and choreographer born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico with a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Hernandez danced and toured in Mexico with Taller de Danza Contemporánea de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and with Compañía Jorge Domínguez.

Hernandez is a 2012-2013 recipient of the National Performance Network/PAP award in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ CEI program. She produced a performance while a resident artist in Mexico. Hernandez is also a recipient of UCLA’s 2013 Hothouse Dance Residency Program. She collaborated with artist Carolina Caycedo and presented a piece at 18th Street Arts Complex, Pieter Performance Art Space and UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall. Internationally, Hernandez performed for the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro in Santiago de Chile in 2016. She also performed as a soloist for the Festival de Improvisación in Mexico City (2011, 2013). She participated in Performática Dance Forum in Puebla and in the MexiCali Art Biennial. Rebeca presented the piece No Dejen de Buscarme at San Diego State University’s Steppling Art Gallery, at Escritorio de Procesos in Mexicali and for Border Labs at Estacion Teatro in Tijuana.

Hernandez is a member of the Programming Committee for the 2015-2017 cycle at Human Resources gallery and performance space in downtown Los Angeles.


Hyoin Jun

Hyoin Jun

Hyoin Jun is currently a second-year M.F.A. student in the Experimental Choreography program at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He has been awarded the Dean's Distinguished Fellowship Award. Before coming to UCR, Jun received an M.A. degree in Physical Education and a B.A. degree in Dance from the Chung-Ang University (CAU), Korea. Jun has actively attended and won in international dance competitions, including Jury Award, Sibiu International Dance Competition, Rumania (2011); Bronze Medal, Novosibirsk International Dance Competition, Russia (2010); and Gold Medal, Berlin International Dance Competition TANZOLYMP, Germany (2010). Furthermore, Jun has performed on both international and local stages, such as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony on behalf of Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, at the Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia. He choreographed and performed B.C. (Before Christ) in Korea in 2015. He has teaching experience as a part time instructor at CAU.


Maggie Sniffen

Maggie Sniffen

Maggie Sniffen is a second year M.F.A. student in Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Sniffen is a graduate of San Diego State University with her B.F.A in Dance. Prior to her studies at UCR, Sniffen was a dance practitioner in the Stanislaus County area working with non-profits, local elementary afterschool programs, and resident theater companies encouraging a community commitment to the performing arts. Sniffen is a frequent guest choreographer for the Modesto Junior College Dance Department’s resident company Off-Balance. Sniffen is the choreographer for D.E.G. Records’ artist Lucien Dante, choreographing his record release concert in July 2015 and music video “Love Me Lessons (Imma Be),” which was recently selected to screen at the Miami Short Film Festival. While at UCR, Sniffen has served as Assistant Artistic Director under Artistic Director and Assistant Professor Taisha Paggett for the UCR is Dancing concert, she has been a recipient of the Gluck Foundation Fellowship, and she is currently the Graduate Student Coordinator for the Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Along with her fellow choreographers, Alfonso Cervera, Irvin Gonzalez, and Hyoin Jun, Sniffen received the award for Outstanding Choreography from Dance Magazine at the American College Dance Association’s National Festival in Washington, D.C. in June 2016 for their original work fourtold. Her research interests lie in the physicality of women in comedy and the potential for comedy to be a combatant against shame culture.


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