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InSight-WACD Senior Projects Showcase 2018 highlights the creativity of 12 graduating seniors majoring in either Dance or World Arts and Cultures (WAC). Their presentations range from choreography, spoken word, and musical performance to film, visual and graphic arts, and research grounded in critical ethnography, arts education, and community engagement. These culminating “capstone” projects provide WAC and Dance seniors with a unique opportunity to explore the intersections of art making, intercultural understanding, and social activism.

Artists include:

ALEX “SWIFT” ALMARAZ - A journey of strength, determination, and love inside the arena of life.

ZARA BLACKSTONE - A mixed media mural installation reflecting the struggles and aspirations of young people impacted by incarceration.

GRIFF CLAWSON – A song and video chronicling personal and social change.

SUSY HERNANDEZ & MAYA RAM - Performance art highlighting voices of womxn of color at UCLA to start a dialogue around changing the system.

EMILY LEIBOVITCH – A video exploration of women's sexual and reproductive health experiences in Los Angeles.

SEBASTIAN MORAGA - An art book focusing on lives of visual artists living in East Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

DOMINIQUE NGUYEN - A documentary exploring lives of transgender women in Los Angeles from a personal point of view.

MAKENNA PITZ

ALYSSA SCOTT - Contemporary intersections of calligraphy, movement, and political subversion in China.

JULIANNA WEIDEMAN - A satiric look at our struggles and successes with happiness.

JOHNNIE YANG - A spoken word and movement piece that navigates the American dream.

UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) draws upon multiple disciplines to create art work, and to study the social, political, and cultural contexts of the arts and their contextual nuances. WACD encourages students to position their work within broad social contexts and diverse cultural communities. We are committed to academic excellence, diversity, freedom of expression, activism, and social transformation through the arts. 

The 2018 Senior Projects are mentored by WACD Professors Chris Waterman and Dan Froot, and PhD Candidate Francesca Albrezzi. Lighting Design by Arsenio Apillanes; Production Management by Ginger Holguin.

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Thu Feb 21 @12:00PM
Healing the Impacts of Colonization with Toni Pasion and Amelia Butler
Fri Feb 22 @ 3:30PM
WACD Undergrad and Grad Social
Fri Feb 22 @ 8:00PM
You Self Help Me by Pearl Marill
Sat Feb 23 @ 8:00PM
You Self Help Me by Pearl Marill
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

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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

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Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

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  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
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