The Rio Hondo Dance Program is noted for the high
quality of its productions and the personal
attention given to its dancers. The two annual
department concerts showcase faculty, guest artist,
and student choreography. Additional
performance experiences are available to advanced
students, who are selected by audition, to be part
of the Rio Hondo Dance Collective. The touring
ensemble membersí performance and choreographic
opportunities include on campus venues, area dance
festivals and community concerts.
Evening of Dance 2013 Audition Results are posted
under the "Auditions"
Rio Hondo Dance
Collective dancers Tiffany Ramirez, Vanessa Heffernan, and Daniela
Velazquez (from left to right)
dance students Vanessa Heffernan, Tiffany Ramirez, and Daniela Velazquez
were accepted into the American Dance Festival, which stands among the
most prominent dance festivals in the country. The dancers auditioned at
the 2012 West Region American College Dance Festival in Modesto, and
were accepted to the internationally famous six-week summer program at
Duke University in North Carolina, where dancers from around the world
come to train and to create.
Dancer of the Year, Vanessa Heffernan, was accepted into California State
University Fullertonís Dance Program. Congratulations, Vanessa!
Dance Program choreography nominated for a 2010 Lester Horton Award.
The Rio Hondo Dance Program was recently honored with a nomination for Diana
Sherwood's History of Sky , which premiered at the Evening of Dance concert at
the Wray theater last May. The Doris Humphrey inspired work was recognized by
the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles, a professional organization of
dancers, choreographers, teachers, dance and arts professionals throughout
Southern California. Each year, the DRC honors works from Southern California
with its Horton Awards (named after the American Modern Dance pioneer Lester
Horton). The awards are given in various categories with Rio Hondo College in
the Excellence in Short-form Choreography division.
This nomination is both an honor for faculty member Diana Sherwood and to the
Rio Hondo Collective dancers who performed the work on tour in LA and Orange
County. Dance Program Director, Alyson Cartagena, is ecstatic. "I am so very
pleased with the progress and accomplishments of the dancers. There really is no
better award than to be recognized by the Dance Resource Center in LA. In the
world of concert dance, this is the ultimate recognition."
Alyson Cartagena, Director