Department of Dance

Alumni M.A. Bios

Alumni M.A. Bios

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In 1982, the University of California, Riverside participated in the founding and conduct of the Intercampus M.A. program in Dance History. Admissions to this program concluded when the University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance inaugurated a Ph.D program in Dance History and Theory in 1993. Some students who gained admission to the Ph.D. program in Critical Dance Studies, after advisement and with the approval of the faculty committee, elected to pursue an M.A. degree in Critical Dance Studies.


Jennifer Robbins

Jennifer Robbins

M.A., 1991

Jennifer Robbins received her M.A. in Dance History in December 1991. After teaching dance history at Cal State L.A., she moved to Seattle in 1992, where she was dance editor for the theater publication Northwest on Stage. In 1996, she received a Master of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington, and she has worked at Microsoft for the past nine years in various capacities, including media archivist and market researcher.

photo credit: Rachel Holdt


Paige Whitley-Bauguess

Paige Whitley-Bauguess

M.A., 1986

Baroque dance soloist Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world both as a soloist and with her dance partner Thomas Baird. Highlights include repeat concerts with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra of Vancouver, the reconstruction of the courtly entertainment Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos in Tokyo and Shizuoka, Japan, and Bailles e Danzas, a program created especially for performances with Chatham Baroque. A recent review in The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC) described a performance by the duo as "...a window on the being caught in a musical and theatrical time warp that reached my eyes and ears as a soft-focus vision of a quite spectacular moment in the history of western performance art."

Paige is a frequent guest director and choreographer for the Opera Theatre Department at East Carolina University where she directed Mozart’s Il re pastore in 2006 and Handel’s Acis et Galatea in 2004. In February 2006 she served as Guest Director and Choreographer at the Peabody Conservatory of Pastorale & Masque — Miniature Masterpieces from the Dawn of Opera. In New Bern, NC, Paige teaches historical dance and ballet, and directs the Baroque Arts Project, Atlantic Dance Theatre, and two historical social dance troupes (youth and adult). She has produced two Baroque Dance DVDs, Introduction to Baroque Dance–Dance Types, funded in part by an NC Choreographer’s Fellowship, and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre, released in July 2005. She also publishes Dance Music of the French Baroque, performing editions of music to accompany notated dances.

Whitley-Bauguess holds an M.A. in Dance History from the University of California, Riverside and a BFA in Ballet from the NC School of the Arts, where she also attended high school.


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