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Guided by an interdisciplinary faculty of artists, dance scholars and ethnographers, the academic programs in World Arts and Cultures/Dance are organized around three fundamental missions:

  • The formulation of critical and intercultural insights into the nature of human creativity
  • The creation and interdisciplinary study of dance and other body-based modes of performance
  • Mutually beneficial engagement with the diverse cultural and artistic communities of Los Angeles

The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is an interdisciplinary unit, which finds its raison d'être in a set of intellectual and artistic problems rather than an established academic discipline. The programs of teaching, research and performance in World Arts and Cultures/Dance are unified around a shared concern with problems of cultural identity and difference; the meaning of tradition in contemporary societies; the forging of connections between critical theory and artistic practice; and the changing social roles and responsibilities of artists and scholars of the arts, both in the United States and worldwide.

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What is Work?
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What is Knowledge?
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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Tue Nov 20 @ 6:30PM
What is Work?
Thu Nov 22 @12:00AM
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Fri Nov 23 @12:00AM
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Tue Nov 27 @ 6:30PM
What is Knowledge?
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...