Events - Visiting Artists and Film Series
Masters of Dance Guest Series
Presented by the Santa Monica College Dance Department
All are invited to attend this FREE series of lectures and master classes by experts from the world of dance.
Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.
Emiko Saraswati Susilo, Dancer/Choreographer
Monday, March 17, 2014, 3:30pm-5:35pm
Emiko Saraswati Susilo is currently the Director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya and the Associate
Director of Cudamani. Raised in a home rich with the arts, she has continued to
delve deeply into the performing arts of Bali. She has performed as a soloist
both in Cudamani and in Gamelan Sekar Jaya and has toured internationally with
both groups. Her choreography is deeply rooted in the traditional aesthetics
and philosophies of Balinese arts and yet venture into the complex questions of
contemporary Balinese history and life.
Susilo will lead students in a class that introduces the fundamentals of both
male and female Balinese dance forms. Students will view short excerpts of
traditional form as well as new choreography in order to open a discussion of
creativity, preservation of traditional form and the place of 'traditional arts
and artists' in the conversation on contemporary social issues.
Leslie Stevens, Dancer/Actress
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:15am-12:15pm
is a professional dancer and actress with an unusually diverse career.
She began on Broadway in the original company of La Cage Aux Folles, going on
to dance as a soloist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dayton Ballet and in
15 productions with LA Opera. As an actress, she trained with the
Shakespeare LAB at the Public Theatre in NYC and has an extensive resume of
plays off-Broadway and regionally as well as work in film and television.
Throughout this journey, she's continued to develop her understanding of
classical dance form and kinesiology. She has taught ballet and
choreographed for AMDA-LA, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSUN and serves as movement
director for several programs at LA Opera.
Ms. Stevens will teach a ballet class with a
focus on accuracy of placement, musicality and coordination. She
challenges her students to integrate technical clarity with intention and
David Zurak, Dancer/Choreographer/Actor
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:15am-12:15pm
Zurak Dancer, Choreographer and Actor is a former
leading dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company where he performed all
principal roles of the repertory on national and international stages. He began
dancing at the tender age of 23 after completing a Bachelor of Electrical
Engineering in Canada and moved to New York at the invitation of Merce Cunningham.
He is a former member of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company and has also
performed with Robert Wilson, Martha Clarke and David Gordon. He is a
recent graduate of the MFA in Acting program at USC and is currently on faculty
at UC Irvine as a lecturer in modern dance.
Zurak will lead a Graham-based dance class, one of the founding American modern
techniques with an emphasis on finding the pelvis and spine through the
concepts of contraction and release, use of the back, shifts of weight and
relationships to music.
The Dance Department Masters of Dance Series is generously funded by the SMC Associates.(www.smc.edu/associates)
Dance Majors Meeting
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Learn about being a dance major or minor
Scholarships in dance
Careers in dance
Dance Department Film Series
First come seating
Leacture and Screening
Thursday, April 3, 7:00pm HSS 165
Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm HSS 165
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