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Global Perspectives and Artistic Practice

CTSA International Initiative Director, Lisa Naugle, is pleased to announce the new Guest Artist Speaker Series: Global Perspectives and Artistic Practice. The series intends to engage the UCI Community with national and international participants and focuses on promoting diversity of thought and practice in the arts. This month’s speaker is Openhaus Athletics founder, choreographer, and creative producer Jes DeVille.

Choreography as Cartography

Moderator, Cyrian Reed, is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance/Performance. She also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education/Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. Reed has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Beyonce, David Foster, Gnarls Barkley, Ceelo, Mitchel Musso, Cheryl Lynn, Trinere, Linear, SNAP, KC and The Sunshine Band, and Choo Choo Soul. She was also a guest judge and choreographer for Steven Spielberg’s Reality TV Show on Bravo, “America’s Next Top Producer.” Recently, Reed choreographed for the Emmy nominated “Hip-Hop-Harry” sitcom on Discovery Kids/ TLC television channels. She has also choreographed for brand commercials such as Nike, Adidas, Sketchers, and Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

Artists and students under her tutelage at the University of California, Irvine, California State University of Northridge, Cypress Community College, Santa Ana College, Long Beach City College, and MiraCosta College have won numerous awards because of her signature choreography. Reed believes that dance can communicate with anyone in the world. By revolutionizing art-of-dance, Reed’s compelling, innovative, energetic, diversified teaching techniques, choreography, and performance come through her dancers, commanding all eyes to the stage.

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