It’s that time again everybody! My classes for fall semester will be starting soon. The week of September 10th till the week of December 6th, our fall classes will be going on. This semester I’ll be teaching two different adult classes, and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to teach and help people grow in dance! I have some fun stuff planned and got some really cool ideas! Sign up is in my bio! Tell your friends, tag someone you know who loves to dance! Any questions feel free to ask! 🤙🏽🤙🏽 📸: @therightanglephotography Edits: Me 😎 #hiphopdance#hiphopclasses#muncie#cornerstone#teacher#choreographer
When all else fails... “SMILE” and leave them wondering what your up too😉
This constant romance with the camera.. We gotta stop meeting like this😉
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📸 Photography by Brenda & Jabari
“My parents met in Southern California, but each had their own difficult journey to get here. My mom left her childhood home in El Grullo, Mexico when she was 17 to pursue work out in the US and my dad left Zapotan, Mexico when he was about 16 to meet family for work out in Chicago. The two came to the US separately to find and achieve their version of the American Dream. They found it in each other and eventually in their children. While we had very little money growing up in Riverside, CA, we had each other and our carne asadas. Our house spoke only Spanish and our traditions and customs were filled with my parents desire to instill us with Mexican culture and identity.
However, this also meant a less-than-easy transition into our surrounding US American environment that frowned upon our accents and customs.
I’ve always said that growing up with parents who immigrated to the US automatically instills in you a sense of advocacy. From a young age, my siblings and myself worked hard to translate for our parents, help them in spaces that rejected them, and learned to navigate hate and racism.
It is because of this that I constantly yearn to give back to these communities that raised me and made me who I am. Consistently working to highlight and center the minoritarian experience so that Others like me grow up proud of who they are.”
Meet Irvin Gonzalez: “Irvin Manuel Gonzalez is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside in the Critical Dance Studies Department and holds degrees in English and Dance. He currently holds a position as Associate Faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, CA and Menifee, CA. Gonzalez has had the honor of presenting dance work at the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference in 2013 (Riverside, CA), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), HIGHWAYS Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), ACDA Nationals (DC), Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA), Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, Human Resources (Los Angeles) and the Barbara and Arts Culver Center (Riverside, CA.) at SDHS/CORD Conference (2016, 2017, 2018), and the Migrations Conference at the University of Ottawa in Canada (2016). He is a recipient of the Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship, four Gluck Fellowship Awards, Dance Magazine's Award for "Outstanding Student Choreography" (2016) for his collaborative role in "fourtold", and a CIS Humanities Research Grant. Gonzalez is currently a dancer for counterpoint/shift; WHAT Dance Theatre; Intersect Dance Theatre; and, together with three other colleagues, makes up part of the collaboration that is Primera Generación Dance Collective. Additionally, he works as Assistant Coordinator for Trolley Dances Riverside, a site-specific performance event, and is also a board member of P.L.A.C.E. Performance, a nonprofit organization working to bring arts to the Inland Empire community. His research focuses on the cultivation of Mexican American identity through Quebradita dancing in the 1990s and beyond, analyzing how national and transnational politics are negotiated within its movement and construction.”
This season I'm beyond thrilled to have the extremely talented Joshua Ishmon collaborate with @cerquarivera composer @pharezwhitted in a suite titled The Process Takes a Lifetime. For the 1st look at this wip, come see us this Thursday (8/23) at Harold Washington Library, 12:15 pm. FREE lunchtime concert in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Details & registration on our website, see link in profile.
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Meet the season 3 choreographers and register for auditions on Sunday to be in their showcase pieces!
Rachel Soucie is a performer, instructor, and choreographer currently based in Cleveland. She received extensive training and performed with the Medina Academy of Classical Ballet, Ohio Youth Ballet Company, Dee Hillier Dance, Joffrey Ballet, South Carolina Dance Conservatory, Cleveland Ballet, Ohio Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey School to name a few. She began her pro career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Dance Team, then moved to NYC and spent 10 yrs performing all over the country in theaters such as City Center, Madison Square Garden, Harry Du'jour Playhouse and more. Rachel has worked with numerous choreographers and companies including Mia Michaels, Jermaine Browne, Sheila Barker, the Underground Dance Project, Candance Franklin Dance, Clyde Bailey Dance Theater, and as a principal with Vissi Dance Theater. She has performed nearly every role in the Nutcracker, and numerous roles in other classic ballets, as well as the occasional musical. In addition to her stage career, she has also performed in fashion shows, music videos, and artistic photo shoots. Since returning to Ohio to raise her sons, she has performed pieces for Annika Sheaff, Sarah Carey, Anna Cerveny, Regina Pietraroia, Madi Jackson, Sha'Ran Marshall, and B-boy Tony Fresh. Rachel currently teaches classes in ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, and jazz at professional schools in the area including Beck Center for the Arts. She has been instructor and adjudicator for scholarship students of Dance Masters and teaches master classes throughout the country. She holds a certification in nutrition, is a STNA, and has 20 years experience working with preschoolers. Rachel strives to motivate and inspire her students to learn and grow as dancers and people, and to nurture the artist within.