Endeavor by the UCI
Award for such works as Raisin, Sophisticated Ladies, Doctor Jazz, and A Time for Singing.
His film choreography includes Bedknobs and Broom-sticks, The Great White Hope, and The
McKayle has received many honors for lifetime achievement including the American
the piece. In fact, McKayle says that the members of the Ensemble must [bring] a
sensitive and razor sharp mind filled with inquiry to the complexities of human
communication and the transmission of ideas and artistic concepts. As
a result, the dancers are challenged to personalize each movement by
forming an emotional and physical
connection to the story itself, as well
Award, a Living Legend Award, the Dance/USA Honors, the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance
Festival Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Irvine Fellowship in
Dance. In 1998, McKayle was the first creative artist to receive the UC Irvine
Distinguished Faculty Leader-ship Award for Research. Currently, McKayle directs the
graduate choreographic thesis
of the Arts
to the meaning behind the movement. To the Ensembles members,
it is this dance troupe that shapes their connection and commitment
to dance as an art and as a mode of expression.
Since its creation in 1995, the troupe has participated
in numerous projects
and concerts including those for a CD-ROM Jazz Series, the UCI Undergraduate Research
Symposium, the International Black Dance Conference, and
projects, and is
the Artistic Director of the UCI Dance Department.
In terms of the troupe itself, the UC Irvine Etude Ensemble is
an elite group of undergraduates who are chosen annually by audition.
guidance, the dancers are not only dynamic performers, but also historians. According to
Amber Bosin, a senior member of the Etude Ensemble, each work must be deeply
understood [and] internalized in order to fully
UCI Dance Visions Concert. Members of the Ensemble have successfully
pursued professional careers in
such dance programs as the Martha Graham Performance Ensemble, Limón West, and Momix.
According to Bosin, it is McKayles support that guides [the Etude
Ensemble] into life after graduation and inspires [the dancers] to promote creativity in
whatever careers [they] choose; according to McKayle, the members are true
colleague[s] who allow the benefits of mentorship [to be]
manifold and reciprocal.
1Tolstoy, Leo. What
is Art? London, 1899.