Thursday, May 20
The UCI Department of Dance’s mission is to inspire and prepare the next generation of dance professionals. Our department is nationally acclaimed and one of the largest and most comprehensive university dance programs in the United States, integrating performance opportunities, creative projects, and theoretical studies. Our philosophy embraces dance in its many forms and offers multiple levels of ballet, modern/contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, tap, and a changing selection of world dance forms.
Our wide-ranging array of courses include dance history, critical issues in dance, research methods, kinesiology, injury prevention and dance science, choreography, video choreography, dance and video technology, music, dance management, Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, repertory, performance, and special course offerings. Students have many opportunities to perform and choreograph, including the department’s four annual concerts and many interdisciplinary productions. At UCI Dance, we focus on a stimulating, well-rounded educational experience for all.
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After graduating with honors from the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy Ballet department in 1986, Tong Wang performed as a principal artist with companies such as Shanghai Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and, most recently, Ballet West. While dancing professionally, Tong completed his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Ballet Teaching and Choreography with the University of Utah Ballet Department and also worked as a guest faculty member from 2000-2005. From 2005-2007, Tong served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Wright State University. He held the position of Dance professor at Butler University from 2007-2011.
In fall 2011, Tong joined the distinguished Dance Department of University of California, Irvine. Currently serving as an associate professor, Tong is one of the creators and artistic directors for East Meets West International Dance and Music Festival from 2016 to present. As a master teacher, Tong has taught internationally and nationally at National Ballet of China, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet West, Beijing Dance Academy, Colorado Ballet, and National Choreography Initiative.