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Events - Visiting Artists and Others

Open House

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Noon (Gym 104)

Come learn about the Dance Department classes, faculty, performances, guests and more. FREE and Open to All

Dance Major Meeting

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Noon (Gym 104)

Learn about the Dance Major, A.A. Degree, transfer, careers and more. FREE and Open to All

Masters of Dance Series

Dendrie Taylor, Acting for Dancers

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Gym 104)

​This class will allow dancers to participate in group and individual acting exercises designed to help them reveal their own unique talent and bring authentic emotion as well as storytelling to their dance. Students will learn how to find through line, intention and obstacle in the story, how to find a story in the music, ho wto use improvisation to enrich expression and how to create a character and character arc. 

Dendrie earned her BFA in Drama at NYU's TISCH School of The Arts where she studied Ballet at Joffrey and Modern Dance at Alvin Ailey. Dendrie has played the lead roles in the independent films TORN, 1/1, BEYOND THE HEAVENS, A CHANCE OF RAIN and THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS. In Theatre, she originated roles in Howard Korder's SEARCH AND DESTROY, John Bishop's BORDERLINE, as well as in THE GEOGRAPHY OF LUCK, THE CHEMISTRY IF CHANGE, and ETTA JENX - all by Marlene Meyer. Among her many other theater credits, highlights have been playing Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET, and starring in the critically acclaimed PYRETOWN, by the late John Belluso. 


Nyoman Wenten, Artistic Director/Choreographer

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 4:15 pm -6:15 pm (Gym 104)

Balinese Dance

This class introduces students to the theatrical, social, and religious traditions of Balinese dance. Students will learn the fundamentals of Balinese dance forms including demonstration of various mask characters. Excerpts of traditional and new works will be shown through workshop/lecture demonstration. 

Nyoman Wenten is one of Bali's most accomplished and versatile dancers and musicians, and is celebrated as a teacher and performer. He is known not only for his work in traditional Indonesian music and dance, but also for his creative east-west fusion of composition and performance work. Wenten has toured Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America, giving lecture demonstrations and workshop as well as performances. He produced and served as musical consultant for a highly regarded series of CD recordings of gamelan music released by CMP Records, Germany. He is a long time member of the School of Music faculty and is currently Chair of the World Music Program.


Linda J. Tomko

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 10:15 am -12:15 pm (Gym 104)  

Baroque Dance

This master class will introduce the noble style of dancing that emerged in Louis XIV's reign and spread across Europe, event to the New World. We will explore noble style bodily stances; steps and gestures with which dancers moved to such music as sarabandes, bourees, and minuets; and also the bows or "honors" with which dancers and people in everyday life acknowledged each other. We will look as well at how dancing configured gender roles in this era "before ballet". Clothing you wear for this class should fully reveal your knees, lower legs and feet, and arms. Soft, full-soled shoes or sock feet are best for footwear, no heels. We will dance for the entire class!

Linda J. Tomko, PhD, is a historian, dancer, and embodier of dances past. She is Associate Professor of Dance at the University of California, Riverside, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, and is currently Graduate Advisor. She is a past President of the Society of Dance History Scholars, and is Editor of the Dance and Music Series for Pendragon Press. She is a founding member of Les Menus Plaisirs, a Baroque dance troupe, and she has recently collaborated with period music bands to present concerts of early 18th Century dance and music at the 2012 Berkeley Early Music Festival and the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival.