Pang! is a triptych of three radio plays based on the lives of three families living below the poverty line and hungering for a change. As Pang!'s premiere approaches, we would like to highlight the story of Cedar Rapids family. The parents of the Cedar Rapids family escaped war-torn Burundi and found shelter in a Tanzanian refugee camp. After the birth of their first child, the family resettled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Their radio play is based on the unforeseen circumstances the family faced as refugees in America. Shows in Cedar Rapids October 21st and 22nd. Shows in Los Angeles coming Dec 2nd and 3rd.


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WACD grad student Bernard Brown featured in the Daily Bruin: Dancer challenges sexuality stereotypes through unique choreography. Click here to read the full story. Photo by Maryrose Kulick.

Kyle Abraham joins WACD

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MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham Joins UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Faculty. Read the press release here. 


WACD Hothouse welcomes Ali Kheradyar

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WACD 2016 Hothouse welcomes Ali Kheradyar. Ali Kheradyar is an artist based in Los Angeles. Kheradyar attended New York University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study, concentrating in dance, music, and performance. Kheradyar received a Master's in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts.


WACD Hothouse welcomes Myrrhia Rodriguez

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WACD 2016 Hothouse welcomes Myrrhia Rodriguez. Myrrhia is a Los Angeles-based queer, feminist, choreographer and dancer in process, developing, practicing, asking questions, and uncovering meaning with movement. She holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from UCLA.


Maria Diaz


Recent graduate Maria Diaz featured in the Daily Bruin. Maria's talks about the Fuego y Sabor Latino Dance organization & studio she co-directs. See the Daily Bruin article here.

Janet O'Shea Beyond Winning


In this recent TEDx presentation entitled Beyond Winning WACD Professor Janet O'Shea shows us how physical play lets us to compete without needing to win and teaches us how to disagree with respect. See it here

Versa-Style in the Montana Standard


WACD's Jackie Lopez & Versa-Style featured in the Montana Standard. Read it here. Photo by George Simian. 

Sandra Parra


WACD student Sandra Parra featured in the Daily Bruin. See the full story here. Photo by Laura Uzes.

Exquisite Corps


Check out a new short film by Mitchell Rose called "Exquiste Corps". Choreographic snippets by WACD faculty: David Rousseve, Vic Marks, Ann Carlson & Lionel Popkin. With music by WACD adjunct Robert Een.  42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance. See it here.

First Hand 2016


Featuring new work by faculty artists Rennie Harris, Melinda Ring, Natsuo Tomita, and Ros Warby, the First Hand Faculty Concert is UCLA’s Department of WAC/D presentation of in-progress choreography. June 3rd 8pm, June 4th 8pm. Kaufman Hall Theater

Tickets are now available for purchase on Ticketmaster or through CTO.

Kyle Abraham


Special Guest Lecture and Demonstration with Kyle Abraham
Tuesday May 10th
Kaufman 200


Fourth Wall - Senior Projects 2016

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UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Presents Festival of Senior Projects- FOURTH WALL, Presenting Performance, Art and Scholarship Friday and Saturday at 3-8:30pm on May 13th & 14th in Glorya Kaufman Hall.  The 4 Ticketed performance programs will feature program A Fri. at 4 pm and Sat. at 7 pm, Program B Fri at 7 pm and Sat at 4 pm, with Open House exhibitions and workshops to attend before, and in between programs at 3-3:45pm and 6-6:45pm. Ticketing: $6 general. Purchase at Central Ticketing Office. 



Lionel Popkin - Inflatable Park


The 2016 Tongva After Dark Series opens with a spectacular, new, site-specific dance work by noted Los Angeles choreographer & WACD Chair Lionel Popkin. 

Tongva After Dark: Lionel Popkin's Inflatable Park ~ Wednesday, April 20, 2016 ~ 7:30pm - 8:30pm ~ Tongva Park ~ Santa Monica, CA

For more event info click here


Rennie Harris Exodus


Exodus by WACD professor Rennie Harris coming soon to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Costa Mesa. To read the Los Angeles Times review of the show click here. Photo by Barbara Davidson/ LA Times

Dan Froot NPN Award

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Professor Dan Froot awarded a National Performance Network Creation Fund commission, plus a Forth Fund award. Click here to read more about the project and the award.


Fatal @ Automata Arts

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April 8 at 8pm and 10pm 
April 9 at 8pm and 10pm

Conceived and choreographed by Dorothy Dubrule

Performances by Anton Lieberman, Daeun Jung, 
Devika Wickremesinghe, Donel Williams, Erin Schneider, and Jason Black
Sculptures by Jared Dyer
Live score composed and performed by Gabriel Slavitt


Queer Arts Collective


Queer Arts Collective is UCLA's first gathering of LGBTQ identified artists looking to share their work in an inclusive and open space. This year we are teaming up with WACUS (World Arts and Culture's Undergraduate Society) and the LGBT Center at UCLA to make an event to contribute to the happenings of LGBTQ Awareness week at UCLA. For the duration of LGBTQ Awareness week (April 11th-15th) QAC will convert the Glorya Kaufman Hall's Rainbow Lounge into a curated exhibition of LGBTQ artist at UCLA.




Apr. 1 & 2, 8 p.m. | Glorya Kaufman Hall
World Arts & Cultures / Dance

ONDA is a showcase of interdisciplinary performance works from two experimental choreographers and M.F.A. candidates: Julio Medina explores gender identity within Latino culture, and Luis Tentindo presents a solo performance with a unique take on puppet/object theater, and a collaboration with choreographer, Bernard Brown. MFA3 Upstarts Series.


Hothouse 2016

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UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance invites applications for Hothouse 2016 …providing work space for Los Angeles choreographers in the creation of new work Purpose:
 UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is pleased to announce the tenth annual Hothouse Program scheduled for August 22-Sept 9, 2016. The “Hothouse” concept was developed by UCLA faculty member Victoria Marks to support the creation of new work by Los Angeles choreographers and to encourage interactive exchange during the creative process.


Jackie Oka


WACD alumna Jackie Oka aims to choreograph change through honoring hip-hop culture. Photo by Diana Chen/Daily Bruin. See the full story here.

Yehuda Sharim @ Rice University


WACD graduate Yehuda Sharim teaches an undergraduate course at Rice University called Art and Activism: Critical Study of Hope in Times of Crisis. photo by Tommy LaVergne | Rice University. Yehuda is featured in the current issue of Rice Magazine. Click here to read the article. 

Polly Nooter Roberts Day In The Life

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Polly Nooter Roberts featured in UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture's Day in the Life. Click here to read

Valentine's Day Show

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February 10, 2016
The UCLA Art & Global Health Center Proudly Presents:
Mouth-watering Valentine’s Celebration with the UCLA Sex Squad!

photo by Claire Hoch-Frohman




WACSmash 2016
Every year since 2000, WACSmash has been a product of the undergraduates in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, serving as the only interdisciplinary live arts showcase featuring only work created by undergrads.


People Watching

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The World Arts and Cultures/Dance Graduate Student Organization presents People Watching, a works-in-progress dance concert featuring choreography by Bernard Brown, Casey Brown, and Darrian O’Reilly.

Friday, Feb. 26
8 p.m.
“People Watching”
Glorya Kaufman Hall, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200)
Price: Free


Peter Nabokov ~ Book Talk @ Bunche Hall

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Peter Nabokov: The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo and How The World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family -  Book Talk - Thursday January 21, 2016 from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. in the UCLA Department of History Conference Room at 6275 Bunche Hall.

Contra Tiempo Agua Furiosa

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Agua Furiosa featured in the Los Angeles Times click here to read the full story. 

Agua Furiosa, CONTRA-TIEMPO’s newest work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought-provoking evening of dance performance.


Cristina Rosa book talk

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Talk by Cristina F. Rosa on her new book "Brazilian Bodies and their Choreographies of Identification"

Tuesday January 5, 2016 12-1pm Kaufman Hall Room 208


World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day: #GenEndIt
Dec 1st from 10 – 11:50 AM in Kaufman Hall Room 200, in partnership with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, we will host a presentation centered on the UNAIDS theme #GenEndIt: stories of what young people are doing to end the AIDS by 2030.

Special guests will include Elizabeth Taylor’s granddaughter Naomi Wilding and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela, plus special guest appearances by actors Danny Franzese and Danny Pintauro.

The presentation will also feature anti-HIV stigma arts-activist work created by World Arts and Cultures WAC 1 and UCLA Sex Squad students.

Peter Nabokov ~ Book Talk

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Fowler OutSpoken Talk
Peter Nabokov
The Hunts of Acoma: Tracking a Pueblo Indian Family across the Centuries


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