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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
  • Qlobalization
  • Curation
  • Film
  • Ritual
  • Colonialisms
  • Politics
  • Healing
  • Critical dance studies

 



 

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In the News

 jadeDCA’s 10 Scholarship Winners to the 2018 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival include: Jade Charon Robertson (UCLA WACD MFA 2018) (pictured), Bernard Brown (UCLA WACD MFA 2017) and Allison Gray (UCLA WACD BA 2010). Click here for more info.

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Remembering Dr. Doran George ~ Following a successful career as a childhood star in musical comedy in the United Kingdom, Doran George came into the Culture and Performance PhD program in the department in 2008 with a degree in Experimental Dance from School for New Dance Development in Arnhem and an M.A. in Feminist Performance from the University of Bristol. Receiving the Ph.D. in December 2014, George wrote a brilliant dissertation entitled “A Conceit of the Natural Body: The Universal-Individual in Somatic Dance Training” that excavates the cultural and political impact of Somatics’ approach to dance training, viewed in global perspective.

Read more ...

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WACD’s Willy Souly featured in Dance Teacher. Five artists who bring the music and dance of West Africa to U.S. Campuses. People are flocking to West African classes across the country. Students are enticed by the sounds of the drums, exhilarated by the movement and want to come back for more. Each dance has a meaning and function, so they are also learning about the many different cultures within West Africa. In Burkina Faso alone there are more than 60 ethnic groups, each with its own language, instruments and dances. Listening to the music, one may hear sounds that are reminiscent of reggae, salsa, highlife or Afro-beat. This is part of the allure for American students. Click here to read the story.

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Tue Jan 16 @ 5:00PM
Dr. Arshiya Sethi - Dance Films
Wed Jan 17 @ 2:00PM
Politics, Performance and Patronage
Fri Feb 02 @ 8:00PM
WACSmash
Sat Feb 03 @ 3:00PM
WACSmash
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...
Christy Bolingbroke

Christy Bolingbroke

 It isn't every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens i...
Wong @ Harvard

Wong @ Harvard

Kristina Wong - The Toast of HarvardI’ve returned from a spectacular mini-tour of Portland and Bos...
Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham, New Media Artist & Award Winning Filmmaker, Joins NYU Tisch Dance ...
Sara Wookey London

Sara Wookey London

Tribute to 2016 In a season of reflection I share a few of the highlights of 2016 which marked my s...
Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

WACD alum Neima Patterson award Extra Innings Fellowship. The Extra Innings Fellowship Program ...
WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

"My passion for dance and the human mind inspired my studies in World Arts and Cultures/Dance as wel...
Versa-Style win in Italy

Versa-Style win in Italy

The team consisted of five people and four UCLA WACD affiliated people including Harry Weston ‘14,...
Last month January 2018 Next month
S M T W T F S
week 1 1 2 3 4 5 6
week 2 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
week 3 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
week 4 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
week 5 28 29 30 31

Tue Jan 16 @ 5:00PM
Dr. Arshiya Sethi - Dance Films
Wed Jan 17 @ 2:00PM
Politics, Performance and Patronage
Fri Feb 02 @ 8:00PM
WACSmash
Sat Feb 03 @ 3:00PM
WACSmash
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...
Christy Bolingbroke

Christy Bolingbroke

 It isn't every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens i...
Wong @ Harvard

Wong @ Harvard

Kristina Wong - The Toast of HarvardI’ve returned from a spectacular mini-tour of Portland and Bos...
Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham, New Media Artist & Award Winning Filmmaker, Joins NYU Tisch Dance ...
Sara Wookey London

Sara Wookey London

Tribute to 2016 In a season of reflection I share a few of the highlights of 2016 which marked my s...
Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

WACD alum Neima Patterson award Extra Innings Fellowship. The Extra Innings Fellowship Program ...
WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

"My passion for dance and the human mind inspired my studies in World Arts and Cultures/Dance as wel...
Versa-Style win in Italy

Versa-Style win in Italy

The team consisted of five people and four UCLA WACD affiliated people including Harry Weston ‘14,...