Department of Dance


June 5, 2020

Dear Students at University of California, Riverside,

The Department of Dance at UC Riverside expresses its full support of the UCR Demands to Administration - Call to Action that members of the Black Student Union, ASUCR, Sisters Affirming our Socio-Cultural Identities, and Queer Alliance, and a number of other student organizations sent to Chancellor Wilcox and the UCR administration on May 31, 2020. We recognize the extraordinary circumstances our students, and Black students in particular, have been experiencing due to COVID-19, the intensification of genocidal and colonial violence against Black people, and the ongoing trauma and State terror of white supremacy. We share your concerns that UCR is not doing enough to effectively provide the support and care our Black students need.


The UCR Department of Dance embraces both dance making and written scholarship—dancing and writing about dancing—in each of its distinctive degree programs. We offer:

  • Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies
  • M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography
  • B.A in Dance that focuses on choreographic research together with cultural and historical studies

Our curricula are designed for the next generation of scholars, artists, and educators committed to world-wide research in dance, embodied reflection, and meaning-making through movement.

Land Acknowledgment

Miyaxwe (mee-yahh-weh, hello) -- In the spirit of Rupert and Jeanette Costo’s founding relationship to our campus, we would like to respectfully acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water and air: the Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples and all of their ancestors and descendants, past, present and future. Today this meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world, including UCR faculty, students, and staff, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands.

Here in the Department of Dance, we extend this to acknowledge the multiply fraught histories of this land. We recognize what was taken for this University to be built, including the enslaved labor and ongoing exploitations that have contributed significantly to the wealth in the U.S. that helped found the University of California, and the migrations and immigrant labor that have contributed significantly to this area. We register that members of our community have benefitted, and continue to benefit, from the use and occupation of this land since the institution’s founding in 1907. We also acknowledge the ancient relations of friendship, kinship and alliance between various local Native communities, and visitors to this region.

This acknowledgment is part of our Department’s commitments: to confront exclusions and attempted erasures of Indigenous, Black, and Brown peoples, and others; to accept/embrace/acknowledge peoples’ bodies in their wide range of capacities, abilities, forms, and qualities; to be radically inclusive of queer peoples and bodies in the world and in our field; to support peaceful human mobility across land and waters for all; to being good guests as we travel; to being in respectful relationship to the land wherever we are; and to building relationship with one another–including, for those of us who are not Native to these lands—becoming good allies, and accomplices. We continue to work creatively towards enacting practices and policies that register these histories and strengthen these layers of knowledge and ways of being.

--Achama (aw-chem-ahh, thank you)

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Dance
121 Arts Building

Tel: (951) 827-3944
Fax: (951) 827-4651

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