The UCI Etude Ensemble is currently undertaking a
new project, called the UCI Dance Exchange. I am planning with our company's director,
Professor Donald McKayle, on a collaborative educational environment with UC-Santa
Barbara, which will include seminars, master classes, and performances on both campuses.
This project is designed to foster a greater dialogue at this critical point in a
dancers life: as both scholar and artist. We hope to give both students and
educators insight into the role of collegiate dance and its relationship to both the
professional dance world and the Southern Californian dance scene. I am also serving as
Chair of Bare Bones Dance Theater, which seeks to enhance the dancers experience
beyond a conventional dance concert. We offer several opportunities, including
fundraising, marketing, and production. In addition, we encourage further artistic growth
via our scholarships and free master class series. A main priority of ours is to promote
accessibility, as participation is open to the entire UCI campus. Our efforts this year
culminated in our concert, entitled "Does a Body Good," which took place March
18-20, 2004. Our mentor is the inimitable El Gabriel, who has been a loyal supporter and
friend to so many dancers over the years.