UCR Dance presentation by Heather Castillo and MiRi Park. "Towards a Mindful Preparedness: How Teaching Dance Online in a Crisis Prepares Us for Future Possibilities of Digital Dance Pedagogies in Higher Education"

UCR Department of Dance invites you to an online presentation by

Heather Castillo and MiRi Park 

California State University Channel Islands
Award Recipients of the Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture Series in Dance Studies 

Towards a Mindful Preparedness: 

How Teaching Dance Online in a Crisis Prepares Us for Future Possibilities of Digital Dance Pedagogies in Higher Education
Coordinated by Anthea Kraut

Heather Castillo and MiRi Park share what they’ve learned from cultivating and incorporating digital dance pedagogies into the California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) dance curriculum. This ethos grew out of a desire to address issues regarding space, accessibility, equity, and green initiatives, but was particularly prescient when their campus shut down four times in ten years due to fires and a mass shooting. Now, amidst the statewide shelter-in-place orders, they address how we might emerge from fully online crisis-teaching to mindful preparation of teaching movement and dance studies in virtual or blended formats in a post-pandemic landscape.

May 29, 2020
Friday, 1:00-2:30 P.M. PST 
• Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://ucr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpc-6urDopG9SUB_W20AEhMbJSVJmR9lL9 ;
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Download a poster here.

MiRi Park
is a b-girl, choreographer, performer, producer, scholar and mother based in Thousand Oaks, California. She spent 15 years living, working and performing in New York City where she learned the art of b-girling and other underground dance forms. Notable performances include the Bessie Award-nominated evening-length piece A Single Ride by choreographer Ephrat Asherie, RENT at the Hollywood Bowl (directed by Neil Patrick Harris), and the final Broadway tour of RENT (directed by Michael Greif). She has also worked with choreographers Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany, Doug Elkins, Marlies Yearby, Nia Love, Rennie Harris, and actor/producer Kate Rigg.

MiRi served as Producer/Curator and Marketing Director at Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dance Space Center). She later helped launch Columbia University’s Oral History Master’s Program (OHMA) as Program Coordinator, under MA advisor and OHMA/Columbia Center for Oral History and Research (CCOHR) Director Mary Marshall Clark. MiRi is currently on faculty at CSU Channel Islands and is the Associate Choreographer of the 20th anniversary tour RENT.

MiRi’s previous academic work focused on the oral histories of NYC b-girls in the 1990s. Her current research interests include: hip hop studies, dance history, oral history, consumption studies, postcolonialism, trauma, feminism, African American studies, Korean history, Asian American studies. PhD student World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA; MA American Studies, Columbia University; BA Journalism, BFA Dance, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Heather Castillo is performer, dance-maker, scholar, educator, mom and an assistant professor of Performing Arts, Dance at California State University Channel Islands. Heather began her career as a commercial dancer in Los Angeles performing in multiple television specials for Disney, industrial shows for brands such as American Express, and has performed with stars ranging from Andy Williams to Selena Gomez. She returned to school to complete her BFA and MFA in dance and choreography at UC Irvine with the goal of bringing commercial dance experiences to higher education. In 2018 she won CSUCI’s President’s award for Teaching and Learning Innovation for her efforts to decolonize the online Dance History course and for her campus-wide multimedia event Arts Under The Stars that synthesizes the arts with various creative and research projects. She is enthusiastically and thoughtfully building a new dance program for the 21st Century at CSU Channel Islands. Please visit her website www.heathercastillo.cikeys.com for more information on her current research and dance projects. 

Information: dance@ucr.edu  dance.ucr.edu

This award and lecture, in honor of the founder of doctoral studies in dance in the UC system, Professor Emerita Schlundt, is made possible by the Christena Lindborg Schlundt Endowed Fund for the support of Periodic Lectures on Research in Dance History and Theory. 

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Friday, May 29 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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