Celebrating our Constellation

UC Riverside + Riverside City College + AB Miller High School

Co-Produced by

Nicole Robinson
Director, Dance
AB Miller High School

Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier
Assistant Professor, Dance
Riverside City College

Joel Mejia Smith
Associate Professor and Chair, Dance
UC Riverside

Program

9:45am-10:15am
Check-In/Welcome – Arts 166 Performance Lab

10:30am-11:30am 
Movement Class (UCR Faculty)

Korean Dance (Hand-drum Dance), DaEun Jung – Arts 100
Floor/Flying Low – Joel Mejia Smith – Arts 300
Hula, Toni Pasion – ATHD 102

11:45am-12:45pm
Movement Class (UCR Faculty)

Korean Dance (Long-sleeve Dance) – DaEun Jung – Arts 100
Latin Social, Patty Huerta – Arts 300
Hip Hop, Brandon J. Aiken – ATHD 102

1:00pm-1:30pm
BYO Lunch

1:45pm-3:15pm
Creative Workshop

Joel Mejia Smith – Improvisation/Group Scores – Arts 100
The class will focus on various improvisational strategies for composing in real time and for building choreographic material that can be improvised. We will practice how to develop a movement aesthetic, play with various kinds of music and rhythm structures, and experiment with group scoring directives as a way of identifying and cataloguing possibilities for decision making when dancing with others.

Patty Huerta – Composition – Arts 300
This Composition class is focused on the exploration of an array of foundational choreographic structures to help guide and amplify the development of dance-making with an emphasis on process. Collectively, students will embody elements of movement, space, and time. All level movers are welcomed.

Nicole Robinson– Laban Notation: The Language of Dance -ATHD 102
Language of Dance is an approach to movement exploration that introduces dance literacy as a part of dance learning. LOD links the physical experience of moving with understanding and thinking about dance. This workshop will explore the LOD Movement Alphabet and its use to create movement and movement ideas.

3:15pm-4:30pm
Spacing/Basic Tech for Performers
Late Lunch/Snacks and Conversation for Non-Performers

4:30pm-5:30pm
Informal Performance
Arts 166 Performance Lab

Program Order:

Dualities
Choreography: Brianna Gomez, Undergraduate Student, UCR
Dancers: Brianna Gomez and Andy Garcia
Original Collaboration & Performance: Ami-Maxine Hill & Imran Afzal
Music: Colores by Ampersan

two souls in one body create the illusion known as life. Clashing with each other in attempt to find who they. Dualities is about the journey of embracing the masculine & feminine side of oneself.

as we un-spiraled
Choreography: Justin Morris, Guest Choreographer, AB Miller | MFA Student, UCR
Dancers: A.B. Miller Conservatory of Dancers
Drew Bell, Yazira Espinoza, Jasmine Flores, Naomi Grijalva Romero, Kassandra Hernandez, Shania Jackson, Mia Jones, Fransheska Martinez Sanchez, Jeniyah McCarty, Kaylin Montes, Angela Monzon, Diyala Nasereddin, Jessica Sanchez Rea, Jenna Sauceda, Jaline Vencebi, Mercedes Villegas
Music: Come Out (1966) by Steve Reich
Visuals: Justin Morris

This residency & work was commissioned by Show Box L.A., a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, thanks to the support of the Fontana Unified School District.

In All Honesty (solo edition)
Choreography: Chav’nair Stocker, Undergraduate Student, RCC
Creative Director: Mark Haines
Music Composition: Dan Hill with interviews editorial by Jaylon Bennett

I would like to thank the many brave souls for allowing us to interview them and sharing a piece of their life experiences. The raw interview audio you hear was recorded laid over the brilliantly composed music by Dan Hill. The goal of this piece is to bring acknowledgement to the vast homeless population here in Riverside. These are humans too and if you can give back please do.

Al Marchitar, Se Marchó ; herMOSITA
Choreography: Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier, Assistant Professor of Dance, RCC

Part 1: Al Marchitar, Se Marchó
Dancers + Collaborators: A.B. Miller Conservatory of Dance Students
Drew Bell, Fransheska Martinez Sanchez, Jessica Sanchez Rea, Mercedes Villegas
Music: Acá Entre Nos by Vicente Fernandez; Acá Entre Nos & Piensa En Mi by Flora Martinez (originally interpreted by Vicente Fernandez and Chavela Vargas)
Visual Illustrations + Music Edit: Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier

Despite the withering feeling that betrayal and deception can produce, these actions carry an energy that have a transformative potential to re/awaken confidence, empathy, and connection. Originally inspired by four women in my life who dealt with traumatic deceit, I was motivated to collaborate with my dancers to tell their own lived experiences of deception. Driven by the iconic Latin “rancheras” blues songs, originally interpreted by Vicente Fernandez and Chavela Vargas, the dance manifests itself in three sections while lightly tapping into the stages of deceit: La Ira, Aquí Entre Nos… No Te He Dejado De Adorar, y Piensa en mi (The Rage, Here Between Us… I Have Not Stopped Adoring You, Think of Me).

Part 2: herMOSITA (excerpt)
Dancers + Collaborators: RCC/UCR Department of Dance Students
Brianna Gomez, Dinora Gomez, Ernestina Soto, Karla Martinez Sanchez, Sofia Lopez
Music: Que Te Vaya Bonito by DePedro & San Pascualito Rey & Vicente Fernandez
Visual Illustrations + Music Edit: Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier
Pictured: Maria de Los Angeles de Rodriguez

herMOSITA, originally an 18-minute work, is a potpourri of song and dance that gives homage to the life journey of my Mamá, “Mosita” (Maria de Los Angeles) and how music often led her to relieve her sorrows, to forgive, and to move on. This dance is directly inspired by music that awakens my Mamá’s soul and how the words of a song paralleled her experiences as a woman seeking to be unconditionally loved.

5:30pm-6:15pm
Panel
Arts 166 Performance Lab

Moderator

Nicole S. Robinson, Director of Dance, AB Miller

Panelists

Anthony Loa | RCC & UCR Alumnus, AB Miller Staff
Brianna Gomez | AB Miller Alumna, RCC dance & Pilates student, UCR undergrad
Erika Brown | AB Miller, RCC, & UCR Alumna
Justin Morris | RCC Alumni, UCR grad student, AB Miller guest artist
Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier | Miller, RCC, & UCR Alumna and Staff

Anthony Loa has been a faculty member for AB Miller High School Dance since 2002.  Anthony began his dance training at Riverside Community College, Defore Dance Center and finishing up obtaining a BA in Dance/Choreography from University of California, Riverside. He has danced and choreographed for numerous formal dance concerts and musical theater productions. He currently teaches at Village Dance Arts and is a certified Zumba instructor at various fitness locations in the Inland Empire.

Brianna Gomez is a dance major at the University of California, Riverside where she trains primarily in modern dance. She began her training in ballet, modern and jazz at the late age of 14 at AB Miller High School with artists such as Nicole Robinson and UCR Alumna Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier. She then continued training and performing at Riverside City College where she is also obtaining her Pilates certification. She still continues to train at RCC alongside her current training at UCR.

Ericka Brown was introduced to dance at five years old through her church and has not stopped since. Her formal training began at A. B. Miller High School. After graduation she continue her dance journey at Riverside City College and is finishing her Bachelors in Dance at the University of California Riverside. She has danced and performed with different groups and companies all over Southern California as well as throughout the U.S. Currently, Ericka is a teaching artist with the Dance Collaborative directed by Nicole Robinson where she is teaching dance to Fontana Unified School District’s K-5 students as well as teaching at Infuse Dance Studio, an adults only studio in Downtown Riverside and is the director of Animus Dance Company based in Riverside.

Justin Morris (they/them, fluctuating pronouns) is a transdisciplinary artist, teacher, and community advocate based in Southern California. They began cultivating their practice at a young age at family functions and have continued to tie and ground their work in blackness, queerness, playfulness and ratchedry. Justin has performed/collaborated in performances and dance-based works with artists Jay Carlon, Sue Roginski and Kirsten Johansen, Kevin Williamson, Alex Shilling, Colleen Thomas, visual artist David Lamelas, Rebecca Bryant, Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier, and Summation Dance Company. Justin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from CSU Long Beach’s Department of Dance and was recently a faculty member at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach. They are currently pursuing graduate studies at University of California Riverside in Experimental Choreography.

Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier (she/her/ella) is an educator, dance-maker, and performing artist based in Riverside, California. She holds a BA in Dance and an MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside, a California Teaching Credential for Single Subject Education from the University of Redlands, and a Career Technical Education Credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment from California State University, San Bernardino. Over the past decade Frazier has had the opportunity to create and perform work inter/nationally with dance partner, Joey Navarrete (rosa and joey dueto collective), counterpoint/shift under the direction of Sue Roginski, and Primera Generación Dance Collective alongside Alfonso Cervera, Irvin Gonzalez and Patty Huerta. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA and co-director of the A.B. Miller High School Dance and Conservatory of Dance program in Fontana, CA. Together with members of Primera Generación Dance Collective, Frazier is a board member of Show Box L.A., a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA; and board member of the Latina Dance Project, a cultural non-profit corporation- originators of the BlakTinx Dance Festival.

More About the Programs:

A.B. Miller High School & Conservatory of Dance Programs | Fontana, CA

Director of Dance:
Nicole Robinson

Assistant Directors & Staff:
Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier, Anthony Loa, Angelika Lopez, Joey Navarrete-Medina

Intern:
Aisha Stewart

The A. B. Miller Dance Conservatory of Dance and Dance Programs are designed to allow a dancer to focus on a specialized dance education within a public urban school setting. A. B. Miller High School Dance provides the opportunity for each student to realize the depth of his or her experiential and expressive potential as a person and as a dance artist. This program is designed as an option for dancers who are interested in enriching their dance training without leaving the Inland Empire to attend a fine arts magnet high school. The Conservatory of Dance is the only program of its type on a high school campus in the Inland Empire. The goal of the program is to provide students with the skills to earn admission to the college or university dance programs of their choice or to enter the dance profession immediately following high school. Acceptance to the conservatory and pre-conservatory programs is based upon potential for trainable growth, physical/movement technique, rhythmic sensibility and musicality and a serious commitment to dance training and/or a career in dance.

 

Riverside City College Department of Dance & Pilates | Riverside, CA

Associate Professor of Dance and Chair:
Mark Haines

Assistant Professor of Dance:
Rosa Rodríguez-Frazier

Faculty:
Anna Chavez, Amanda Lupton, Brandon J Aiken, Crystal Sepúlveda, Ericka Goe-Washington, Gabriela Pineault, Kelly Lamoureux, Kirsten Johansen, Lupita Limón-Burbaj, Lindsay Rapport, Miki Amen, Morgan Davison, Rita Chenoweth, Sue Roginski

The Riverside City College Dance & Pilates Programs are dedicated to serving a diverse community by providing innovative high-caliber dance and Pilates education that intrinsically promotes inclusion, equity, and access in all learning environments. We welcome all learners and practitioners from various cultures, educational backgrounds, and training. As a department, we offer opportunities that fuel movers to develop and hone their physical/technical skills, performance qualities, as well as their intellect, critical thinking skills, artistic perception, and workforce experience as pre-professionals in the field of dance, Pilates, and other primary/secondary career choices.

RCC Dance & Pilates Programs encourage students to explore the intersection of different movement styles/genres, forms, and modalities as we believe it empowers them to shape the legacy of their future and the arts, in its current global reality.

 

UC Riverside Department of Dance | Riverside, CA

Associate Professor and Chair:
Joel Mejia Smith

Professor and Graduate Advisor:
Anthea Kraut

Associate Professors:
Anusha Kedhar, Jacqueline Shea Murphy, Luis Lara Malvacías, Ni’Ja Whitson, taisha paggett

Assistant Professors:
Imani Kai Johnson, Jose L. Reynoso, María Regina Firmino-Castillo

Lecturers:
Brandon J, Clydean (Makeda Kumasi) Parker, DaEun Jung, Estrellx Supernova, Kelli King, Patricia “Patty” Huerta, Toni Pasion, Wilfried Souly

KEEP UCR HEALTHY: UPDATED COVID PROTOCOLS

Effective April 11, masks are required indoors for all audience members who are not up-to-date on vaccinations and are strongly recommended for those who are up-to-date on vaccinations.

Audience and cast members must report COVID test results, symptoms, or exposure through the online COVID Screening Check and should remain at home if they are sick.

All in-person events are subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols set forth by UC Riverside campus leadership.

Performers are unmasked during performances