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Fall 19 Dance Performance

Composing the Instant: An Evening of Student Dance Improvisation

Monday November 25, 7:00pm

Tickets: $5 

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CSUSM Preformance Hall

Arts Building 101
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096



Off Center

OFF-CENTRE: The Annual CSUSM Spring Dance Concert

05/02 - 05/03/2019 - tbd - ARTS 101


Featured artists-in-residence

  • Tommy Chu & Zack King (Hip Hop video)
  • Melecio Estrella (Contemporary Dance)
  • Stephanie Hewett (Contemporary Dance)
  • Randy Reyes (Contemporary Dance)

Dancing with Ghosts 2019

Dancing with Ghosts

02/19/2019 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm - ARTS 111

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Dancing With Ghosts is a shared evening of contemporary dance works by queer POC choreographers Kristianne Salcines and Randy Reyes. These fierce artists share their embodied research through practices of questioning and responsiveness. They perform survival, identity, intersectionality, presence, absence, democracy, community, process, performativity, and more.

There will glorious be dancing. There will be a mess. There will be discovery. These are urgent dance works of our time. Come and celebrate the radically transformative power of dance!

Kristianne Salcines is a queer Filipina born and raised in the Philippines currently based in LA and Berlin. They explore their cultural heritage and gender representation in their choreographic work.

Randy Reyes Randy Reyes is a queer-Latinx-brujx originally from NJ y Guatemala currently oscillating between the Bay Area, LA, and NYC. They explore Chinese Energetics, the presence of absence, collaborating with grief, joy, and the unseen.

Co-Sponsors: CSUSM Dance Studies, IRA, Experimental Dance Project Grant



DNCE 303 - Contemporary Folklorico showing

12/03/2018 - 8pm - ARTS 101

Synopsis-Social knowledge has often taken a form that is controlled by fewer people having the means of accessing and documenting information.

Using Diana Taylor’s theory of “performing cultural memory in the Americas,” students in Dance Studies 303- Contemporary Folklorico, are researching how embodied knowledge, or the repertoire, is an approach that the community uses, as well as the archive, to document and democratize history, set values, demonstrate regional idiosyncrasies, and embody social justice issues of a vast and varying community.

This culminating performance, titled “Missing 43,” will demonstrate how students are relating to the research and shaping history and narratives contemporarily and transnationally.

Composing the Instant

An Evening of Dance Imporvisation

11/29/2018 - 7pm - ARTS 101

featuring students in DNCE 311directed by Anya Cloud, Dance Studies faculty

For special needs or accommodations:  please contact kschaffm@csusm.eduBuy your tickets now!


Women and Candomble

Women and Candomble

11/13/2018 - 4pm - ARTS 111

A talk and discussion with Vika Stansky-Hernandez, M.A.

Women At War

Women At War - Pre Show Discussion

11/06/2018 - 4:30pm - ARTS 111

Performances are November 7-10

Meet the Director Rebecca Johannsen, Co-Director John Moletress, and CSUSM Performers! 

Gender and Rags Sharqi

Lecture and Discussion on Gender and Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance) 

10/30/2018 - 4pm - ARTS 111

by Dr. Christine Sahin (Lecturer, Dance Studies)


Dance Concert 2018

OFF-CENTRE: The Annual CSUSM Spring Dance Concert

05/03 - 05/04/2018 - 7pm - ARTS 111

Tickets: $7

  • Fresh new works by:
  • Students in DNCE 390: Choreography Workshop
  • Guest artists for the EXPERIMENTAL DANCE PROJECT:
    • Michelle Boulé
    • Alfonso Cervera
    • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko  

White State BLack Mind flier

The Making of #negrophobia

02/22/2018 - 7pm - ARTS 101

Film screening and discussion with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and special guests. What might queer, oblique, and alternative readings of society reveal about the inticacies and multiplicities of Blackness?


  • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
  • Taisha Paggett
  • Mi'Ja Whitson

Hosted by the CSUSM Experimental Dance Project and funded by an IRA Grant.

Please note: The film includes brief nudity and performance text may include mature language.