3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

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UCR’s Department of Dance presents:
Primera Generación Dance Collective Artistic Residency
February 13-18, 2023

Co-sponsored by:

Show Box L.A., UCR ARTS, CHASS Dean’s office, the Center for Ideas and Society, the CIS Performing Difference Group, the LGBT Resource Center, Alumni Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, and the Department of Hispanic Studies


Primera Generación Dance Collective (PGDC) is a collaborative group based in L.A./ Riverside, California, and formed by four First Generation Mexican American artists: Alfonso Cervera, Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier, Irvin Manuel Gonzalez, and Patricia "Patty" Huerta. Focusing on the visibilization of Mexican American corporeality, loss, and joy through movement-based exploration, process, and performance, PGDC grounds their works in rasquachismo (resourcefulness), generating works that speak to their brown, working-class experiences. For more information please follow @primerageneraciondance & @showboxla



Department of Dance welcome

Monday, February 13, 10:30 a.m., ATHD 102


Open level Master Classes in Latin Social Dance

(open to campus; wear shoes you can dance in)
Monday, February 13, 10:30-11:50 a.m., ATHD 102 - Folklórico, Quebradita, Contemporary Latin, Salsa
Monday, February 13, 12:00-1:20 p.m., ATHD 102 - Quebradita 
Wednesday, February 15, 10:30-11:50 a.m., ATHD 102 - Contemporary Latin Class
Wednesday, February 15, 12:00-1:20 p.m., ATHD 102 - Folklórico


Artist Visits 

Monday, February 13, 1:30-2:50 p.m. (closed)
Wednesday, February 15, 1:30-2:50 p.m. (closed)
Thursday, February 16, 1:30-4:20 p.m., Arts 300
(open to Dance graduate students or by invitation)


PGDC Open Rehearsal (open to campus)

Tuesday, February 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside


Master Classes in Dancemaking 

Tuesday, February 14, 1:00-2:50 p.m., Arts 100 (open to the Dept. of Dance only)
Friday, February 17, 12:00-1:50 p.m., Arts 100 (open to the Dept. of Dance only)
Saturday, February 18, 11:30am-1:00 p.m. (by invitation only)


Public Performance: PGDC presents Nepantla 
Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside
FREE and open to campus and the public
Seating is limited; please arrive early to ensure you will be seated


Saturday, February 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
followed by Q&A 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m



Nepantla, a Nahuatl word meaning “middle,” has been conceptualized by many Chicano/a/x and Latine artists as a term to denote a space of in-between-ness. Grounding their artistry in this theorization and through a series of movement-based explorations and rasquache (resourcefully tacky) play, PGDC created Nepantla to reflect, generate, question, and re-imagine Mexican American belonging, using dance as a medium to experiment with the hybridization of Latine cultural markers and personal, lived experiences. From quinceañera rituals and border activism to Selena Quintanilla’s greatest hits, PGDC dances through pleasure and pain to reach and process their sense of in-between.

This rendition of Nepantla is in collaboration with the undergraduate students from the UCR Department of Dance, who will be performing alongside PGDC. Nepantla will follow a showcase of choreographic works by Riverside City College and AB Miller High School dance students, as part of a day-long celebration of UCR’s connection to other Inland Empire dance institutions.


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The closest free parking can be found in various city lots surrounding the venue.

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