Alaine, World Arts & Cultures Class of 2005
I transferred to UCLA and WAC after spending 2 years in a small liberal arts college because…
I wanted to blend my global upbringing and my art form (dance) into one major. I grew up in Singapore and Indonesia and both my parents grew up all over the world (Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Australia, and Boston) so I had quite the cultural identity crisis! When I first heard about WAC, I was intrigued by the interdisciplinary and cultural approach to the arts.
Once I got to WAC,
I discovered that my choreographic work can be used to build community, influence, and bridge cultural ties between groups. While at WAC, I performed with MFA students, other WAC undergrad students in the annual WACUS showcase, and learnt about video production. WAC also taught me to become more independent and pro-active in finding alternate ways to get my work shown. For my senior project, I opted to do a senior focus and self-produced my own show at a local theater in LA. The experiences that I had and the lessons that I learnt in and out of the classroom, studio, and video lab from the faculty, staff, and other students were invaluable.
Today, I am based in New York City and the Artistic Director of my own dance company.
A.H. Dance Company has performed all over the country and we are now approaching the world.
Here is a link to my website: http://www.ahdancecompany.com