Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

Historical Dance in the Rotunda

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Learn classic fifteenth- and sixteenth-century dances from Renaissance Italy under the Italian Romanesque dome of the Powell Library. All UCLA students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public are welcome; no dance experience is necessary, and there will be instruction throughout the evening. Attire can be costume, formal or semi-formal. Admission is free but space is limited and reservations are required.

Note: reservations are now full. Sorry, but here is a link for our full list of upcoming dances.

Historical Ballroom Dance Club at UCLA


Music in the Rotunda

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Henry Lim and his String Quartet perform the Beatles

Saturday, May 3
8 p.m.

In 1969 the Beatles aspired to record an album and perform it live without any studio tricks.  However, it was an unenthusiastic effort as they would disband the following year, and contrary to their initial undertakings, the album was edited, overdubbed, reorganized, renamed, and released as their last LP,  Let It Be.  Music Library staff member Henry Lim together with current and former graduate students of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will perform the original unreleased album Get Back arranged for vocals, acoustic guitar, and string quartet. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

Admission is free, but reservations are sometimes required; see instructions in each listing. The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. For more information, contact Catherine Brown at 310.206.4608.

The UCLA Library offers “Music in the Rotunda” and other cultural programs at no cost to students, faculty, staff, and the community. For information on supporting the Library, contact the development office at or 310.206.8526.

14 Annual Festival Latino

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Latin American Student Association 14 Annual Festival Latino

Saturday, April 28, 2012
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Bruin Plaza – Area

Festival Latino is exemplary of LASA’s commitment to fostering pride and diversity that attracts over 5,000 spectators. This vibrant and exciting event is a free, all day festival of live music consisting of tropical, regional Mexican, Latin alternative, Latin hip-hop, Brazilian, Latin fusion genres, and more. The Festival also includes Latin cuisine, arts and crafts, games, and dance that celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America with the UCLA community and communities in the greater Los Angeles area.

Free admission.

Click here for Latin American Student Association.

Music in the Rotunda

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Jazz Senior Recital: Miles Freeman

Friday, April 27
8 p.m.

Graduating senior student and tenor saxophonist Miles Freeman, together with a group comprised of UCLA jazz studies students, will perform music by a variety of composers ranging from Ornette Coleman to Sara Bareilles.

The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $11; the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five. See the UCLA maps and directions page for more information.

Admission to the concerts is free, and seating is unreserved.

Meredith Monk

Monday, April 16th, 2012


Tuesday, April 17, 2012
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall
Dance Theater – Room 200

Lecture/Demonstration with Meredith Monk, winner of the 2012 Composer of the Year Award

Meredith Monk–composer, singer, director/choreographer and filmmaker–is a pioneer in creating new interdisciplinary performance. She discusses her influences, past work, and new projects in a free event for the campus community.

Free and open to the public

Friday, April 13th, 2012

“No Piano Attached”: A Master’s Recital Sans Pianoforte
Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin

Friday, April 20
8 p.m.
UCLA Powell Library

Strand-Polyak, a violinist specializing in Baroque music and managing director of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble, will present her recital for her master’s degree in music. The program, without the usual requisite keyboard instrument, will include Telemann’s Fantasia no. 5 for solo violin, Schnittke’s irreverent “Moz-Art,” sonatas sans basse for two violins by French virtuosi Jean-Marie LeClair and Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, Corelli’s Sonata no. 3 performed with accompaniment his contemporaries may have been familiar with, and a world premiere by Los Angeles composer Jonathan Beard. Joining her will be Movses Pogossian, Elisabeth Le Guin, Guillaume Sutre, Jonathan Beard, and Leila Nassar-Fredell.

The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $11; the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five. See the UCLA maps and directions pagefor more information.

Admission to the concerts is free, and seating is unreserved.

Henry Lim and his String Quartet Perform The Pixies

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Saturday, April 21
8 p.m.

Music in the Powell Rotunda
Powell Building

UCLA Music Library staff member Henry Lim on vocals and acoustic guitar supported by his string quartet featuring graduate students from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will perform the Boston-originated alternative rock band the Pixies’ 1990 science fiction surf album Bossanova in its entirety along with the singles “Gigantic,” “Planet of Sound,” and “Debaser,” among other songs. Special guest undergraduate Rosalind Wong will provide additional vocals.


The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $11; the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five. See the UCLA maps and directions pagefor more information.

Seating is unreserved. 

“So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Well, you have to take the class, says guest lecturer David Leaf. The classes will be held at the UCLA Popper Theater at Schoenberg Hall, but sorry, they already have a waiting list for a class size of 144 people. But hey, someone may drop out?!

The clear goal of the class is to expose the students to a multitude of ways a person can make a career in the music business. Each class will be divided into two parts: one will have award winning musicians or songwriters speak and perform their music and then the second part of the class will be music professionals from the business side.

Some of the award winning artists already lined up will be: Mac Davis, Peter Asher, and Charlotte Caffey.

Click here to read about this rockin’ class by Alison Hewitt courtesy of UCLA Today.


Dance, Dance, and Dance

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

‘Culture Crossing’

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall – Dance Theater – Room 200

Students and faculty explore the creative potential of intercultural communication through choreography, spoken word, performance, visual art, theater and more.

Free and open to the public.

General seating. Seating is limited.

Open letter to the UC community from President Yudof

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I write today to address, once again, the moral and ethical imperative for all of our University of California students, faculty and staff members to foster a climate of tolerance, civility and open-mindedness. I am prompted to do so because of a number of recent incidents that undermine this imperative.

University campuses are proper venues for collisions of ideas and viewpoints. Conflicting viewpoints not only are inevitable but also healthy in this context.

What is not acceptable are acts meant to disrupt the speech of others. What is not acceptable are hate-driven physical and, yes, verbal attacks on any group or individual that are meant to silence or intimidate those who would express differing opinions.

It was wrong for hecklers to disrupt speakers on the UC Davis campus at an event titled “Israeli Soldiers Speak Out.” It was reprehensible that one of these hecklers accused the speakers of being associated with rapists and murderers. Under the direction of Chancellor Katehi, campus officials dealt appropriately with this individual, moving him out of the room and barring reentry. But I want to make this clear: I condemn the actions of those who would disrupt this event. Attempting to shout down speakers is not protected speech. It is an action meant to deny others their right to free speech.

It was wrong for a vandal or vandals on the UC Riverside campus to deface the Israeli flag displayed by the Jewish student organization Hillel, scrawling the word “terrorists” across it. I applaud Chancellor White for his rapid and vigorous condemnation of this cowardly act. And I join him wholeheartedly in that condemnation. The chancellor was right to assign campus police to investigate.

Two years ago, at UC San Diego, it was African Americans who were vilified by words and images that mocked their heritage and who felt threatened by the hanging of a noose. Around the same time, derogatory and profane words were spray-painted across the entrance to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at UC Davis. Likewise, swastikas scrawled on campus walls or doors have made Jewish students feel unsafe.

Since then, among other initiatives, the system’s central office has worked with the campuses and various groups, including students, to revise policies on student conduct; the new provisions strengthen prohibitions on threatening conduct and acts motivated by bias, including religious bias. We also are working with the Museum of Tolerance and the Anti-Defamation League to improve campus climate for all students and to take full advantage of our marvelous diversity.

Still, despite diligent efforts, we cannot say – and, realistically, never will be able to say – that hateful incidents won’t occur in a community made up of 235,000 students and 185,000 employees. There inevitably will be speakers or forums that present ideas others will view as hateful and abhorrent. Hateful incidents will not be tolerated and I stand ready to condemn them whenever and wherever they occur, as should all members of the UC community.

As for incendiary speakers, we cannot as a society allow what we regard as vile speech to lead us to abandon the cherished value of free speech. But the same Constitution that permits some public figures to engage in hateful commentary also protects my right and duty – and your right and duty – to condemn these merchants of hatred when they come into our community. Again, the best remedy for bad speech is to surround it with good speech.

Finally, it is important that we keep our eyes on the prize. What we collectively are trying to preserve is a vibrant and vocal university community that is not afraid to explore or even argue about ideas, that is not afraid to make stands on controversial issues, that is not afraid of discourse, but is one that embraces the ethic of doing so in a spirit of respect and civility.

With our Chancellors, I remain committed to the principle of balancing protection of free speech and promoting strategies to foster an environment where all students, faculty, staff members and guests can feel safe and respected – no matter their individual characteristics or viewpoints.


Mark G. Yudof