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  • Our curriculum Sam
    Our curriculum emphasizes working in and with communities across the globe.
  • MA PhD in Culture and Performance

    MA/PhD in Culture and Performance

    WACD emphasizes interdisciplinary and intercultural research on performance and creativity.

  • Center Global Health

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

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    Many of our students study critical curatorial practices, asking how art is shown, shared, and produced in local and global contexts.

  • World arts field studies

    World Arts Field Studies

    Our student engage in intensive explorations of diverse communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Cropped Weaving

    Our BA degree in World Arts and Culture provides courses in visual studies, community arts and activism, as well as ethnographic practices.

  • SHORTER

    Among the performances we study, ritual provides a particular insight into people's world views. 

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    WACD

    WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE—the name itself expresses a commitment to cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

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    MFA in Dance

    The MFA in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Here, MFA student Kevin Williamson showcases his project on masculinity, intimacy, and internalized homophobia.

  • CTR

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

BA in World Arts and Cultures
Focuses on three concentrations:
  • Community-based, arts activism
  • Studies of visual culture
  • Critical ethnographies
BA in Dance
Focuses on training and education in:
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Dance theory
  • Videography
  • Dance in the public sphere
MFA in Dance
Focuses in training those pursuing a professional choreographic career
PhD in Culture and Performance
Focuses in development of scholarly approaches to variously combined aspects of the:
  • Arts
  • Globalization
  • Curation
  • Film
  • Ritual
  • Colonialisms
  • Politics
  • Healing
  • Critical dance studies

 



 

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In the News

passagesatthesnowdenhouse 

Featuring choregraphy by WACD's Cheng-Chieh Yu. Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House, possible Black Dahlia murder site, becomes a performance stage. This unusual gathering isn’t a dream, but a rehearsal for the immersive installation “Passages at the Sowden House,” organized by homeLA, which is a project that creates site-specific performances in private homes around Los Angeles. Led by artist and dancer Rebecca Bruno, the project will stage two public events at the 1920s Sowden House over the weekend, featuring a mix of dance, live music, performance art, sculpture and film. photo by Carolyn Cole

Click here to read the full article from the Los Angeles Times.

professorbryonnbain 

Spectrum News 1 anchor Giselle Fernandez's prime-time series LA Stories catches up with a UCLA professor on the forefront of arts activism and justice reform. Bryonn Bain takes the LA Stories cameras inside his innovative classroom and on-stage for his critically acclaimed one-man show at the prestigious Kennedy Center. Bain reveals to Giselle about how as a Harvard student, an unwarranted arrest set him on an unplanned path to use spoken word, theater, and hip-hop to found a ground-breaking prison education program. Giselle discovers that Bain is not only transforming the lives of UCLA students, but that he is also helping many incarcerated people in Southern California find redemption with newly discovered creative expression.

Click here to watch.

danfrootapap 

Dan Froot recently completed an 18-month assignment as a Group Leader for 25 mid-career arts leaders in the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ (APAP) Leadership Fellows Program, headed up by Ken Foster. Dan, his fellow group leaders and the 25 fellows presented their findings at a plenary session of the 2019 APAP conference in New York. Here they are looking relieved after the plenary was finished!

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Moving through Risk and Failure: Play, Resilience, & Martial Arts
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WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...
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Fri Jan 18 @ 8:00AM
MFA Auditions
Mon Jan 21 @ 8:00AM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Tue Jan 29 @ 1:30PM
Moving through Risk and Failure: Play, Resilience, & Martial Arts
Fri Feb 01 @ 8:00PM
Wacsmash
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...