UCR is Dancing 2018

This annual production is a showcase for new ideas and experiments in original choreography by UCR undergraduate majors.
Joel Smith, Artistic Director and Associate Professor
Guest Faculty Choreographer: Brandon J.

Student Choreographers: Nikki Altidor, Samuel Briseño-Jimenez, Richard Clark, Yu-Ting “Selina” Cheng, William Feldon, Rebekah JoAnn Guerra, Ingrid Hernandez, Rebecca Jones, Mykhail Lazo, Kimberly Leu, Imani Ma’at, Nelson “Lil’ Hashbrown” Matti, Jordan Patterson, Stephanie Retana, Joel Reyes, Ran Tan, Elizabeth ‘Eli’ Varela

March 8-10, 2018
March 8 & 9, Thursday & Friday, 8:00 P.M.
March 10, Saturday, 5:00 P.M.
University Theatre

Under the artistic direction of Associate Professor Joel Smith, UCR is Dancing makes its highly anticipated return to the University Theatre this March with original choreography by 17 undergraduate dance majors. This production is the culmination of five quarters worth of rigorous study in composition and critical studies courses offered within the Dance undergraduate curriculum. Utilizing various compositional tools including partnering through physical contact, rhythm, use of space, time, energy, and abstract movement vocabularies, and the blurring of bodies and landscape, the concert reflects each students’ unique movement style and choreographic methodology. As a collective of experimental choreographers seeking to explore the phenomena of the human body, the concert provokes questions about translation and power as it relates to language, energy, collective action, gender, and cultural and social identity.

Joel Smith’s (Artistic Director, Assistant Professor) work has been presented across the country and abroad, including at the National Theater of Taiwan in Taipei, 92nd Street Y’s Buttenweiser Hall in New York City, Miami Dade Cultural Art Center in Miami, ODC Theater in San Francisco, Vancouver International Dance Festival in Vancouver, Dance Theater of Ireland in Dublin, and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast among others. He is co-artistic director of duet dance theater company casebolt and smith with artistic partner Liz Casebolt. Established in 2006, their work plays with the gender and sexuality politics embedded in male/female partnerships and comments on the sometimes overly serious traditions of modern and contemporary dance. Their evening-length work “O(h)” has been performed over eighty times since 2010, and was named a “Top 10 Performance of 2013” by the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGATE, as well as one of “Five Unforgettable 2010 Dance Performances” by the MinnPost. Prior to being hired at UC Riverside he was on the faculties of the following California institutions: Scripps College in Claremont, UCLA, Cerritos College in Norwalk, El Camino College in Torrance, and Rio Hondo College in Whittier.

Brandon J (Guest Faculty Choreographer) was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where he started his career in Hip Hop performing with the group Live In Color. He attended college at Florida A&M University where he choreographed and performed with the FAMU STRIKERS. Since moving to Los Angeles, his performances include a featured role on The Parkers, Jag and Malcolm in the Middle. In theatre he has held leading roles in The Mighty Gents and Before It Hits Home. As a comedian he has performed many live stand-up shows; some include the stages of The Comedy Union, The Ice House Comedy Club and The Comedy Store. He is also the founder and artistic director of the professional hip-hop company by the name of ENVY Dance Company, which he founded in 2007 for enthusiastic and talented youth. He started this company to give dancers the opportunity to showcase themselves in a positive and professional venue. In addition to hip-hop he is also trained in tap, salsa, African, lindy hop, swing, ballet and stepping.

TICKETS: (951) 827-4331
$12.50 General, $8.50 students, UCR alumni cardholders, senior citizens & children
Tickets available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office, Wednesday-Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. and one hour before performances.
Parking: $6.00 in Lot 6 (No fee with UC permit)
Information: (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu  www.dance.ucr.edu


Information that is not included in the program

Title: Evolution
Choreographer: Brandon J
Dancers: Samuel Briseño-Jimenez, Richard Clark, Yu-Ting “Selina” Cheng, William Feldon, Rebekah JoAnn Guerra, Rebecca Jones, Mykhail Lazo, Estreya Luna, Nelson “Lil’ Hashbrown” Matti, Briana Montes, Jordan Patterson, Akili DeMetre Ploudre,  Robin Saxton, Stephanie Retana, Joel “RoyL” Reyes, Jocelyn Diane Rodriguez, Ran Tan, Elizabeth ‘Eli’ Varela, Julia Zumaya

Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin
Let's get it started by MC Hammer
The Queen is Hyped Up by Queen Latifah
Jump Around by House of Pain
Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe
Get Your Freak On by Missy Elliott
Better Have My Money by Rihanna
Pep Rally by Missy Elliott
Pop That by French Montana
I wanna Rock by Luke


Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

University Theatre, Humanities 400

Event Type

Arts, Dance


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, International Students, Transfer Students, General Public


$12.50 General, $8.50 students, UCR alumni cardholders, senior citizens & children

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