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Events - Visiting Artists and Film Series

Spring 2014

Masters of Dance Guest Series

Presented by the Santa Monica College Dance Department   

All are invited to attend this FREE series of lectures and master classes by experts from the world of dance.
Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.
Emiko Saraswati Susilo, Dancer/Choreographer
Monday, March 17, 2014, 3:30pm-5:35pm
Gym 102
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Emiko Saraswati Susilo is currently the Director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya and the Associate Director of Cudamani. Raised in a home rich with the arts, she has continued to delve deeply into the performing arts of Bali. She has performed as a soloist both in Cudamani and in Gamelan Sekar Jaya and has toured internationally with both groups. Her choreography is deeply rooted in the traditional aesthetics and philosophies of Balinese arts and yet venture into the complex questions of contemporary Balinese history and life.

Balinese Dance

Ms. Susilo will lead students in a class that introduces the fundamentals of both male and female Balinese dance forms. Students will view short excerpts of traditional form as well as new choreography in order to open a discussion of creativity, preservation of traditional form and the place of 'traditional arts and artists' in the conversation on contemporary social issues. 

Leslie Stevens, Dancer/Actress
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:15am-12:15pm
Gym 104

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Leslie Stevens is a professional dancer and actress with an unusually diverse career.  She began on Broadway in the original company of La Cage Aux Folles, going on to dance as a soloist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dayton Ballet and in 15 productions with LA Opera.  As an actress, she trained with the Shakespeare LAB at the Public Theatre in NYC and has an extensive resume of plays off-Broadway and regionally as well as work in film and television.  Throughout this journey, she's continued to develop her understanding of classical dance form and kinesiology.  She has taught ballet and choreographed for AMDA-LA, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSUN and serves as movement director for several programs at LA Opera.

Contemporary Ballet

Ms. Stevens will teach a ballet class with a focus on accuracy of placement, musicality and coordination.  She challenges her students to integrate technical clarity with intention and story-telling imagery.


David Zurak, Dancer/Choreographer/Actor

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:15am-12:15pm
Gym 102
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David Zurak  Dancer, Choreographer and Actor is a former leading dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company where he performed all principal roles of the repertory on national and international stages. He began dancing at the tender age of 23 after completing a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in Canada and moved to New York at the invitation of Merce Cunningham. He is a former member of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company and has also performed with Robert Wilson, Martha Clarke and David Gordon.  He is a recent graduate of the MFA in Acting program at USC and is currently on faculty at UC Irvine as a lecturer in modern dance.


Modern Dance

Mr. Zurak will lead a Graham-based dance class, one of the founding American modern techniques with an emphasis on finding the pelvis and spine through the concepts of contraction and release, use of the back, shifts of weight and relationships to music.

The Dance Department Masters of Dance Series is generously funded by the SMC Associates.(

Dance Majors Meeting
Thursday, March 20, 2014
11:15am -12:00pm
The Skybox
Learn about being a dance major or minor
Scholarships in dance
Careers in dance
Dance in media

Free and open to all
For further information contact

  Dance Department Film Series
First come seating
Leacture and Screening

Thursday,  April 3, 7:00pm HSS 165

Thursday,  May 8, 7:00pm HSS 165

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