A student review of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 
The Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s performance at Zellerbach Hall on Saturday, February 22nd was an incredible experience. The dance company’s creative use of lighting to highlight the amazingly talented dancers made the entire night unforgettably unique. In addition, their unique combination of ballet with more modern dance forms makes their choreography even more stunning. Definitely jump at the chance to see the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet if the opportunity ever presents itself! 

A student review of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 

The Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s performance at Zellerbach Hall on Saturday, February 22nd was an incredible experience. The dance company’s creative use of lighting to highlight the amazingly talented dancers made the entire night unforgettably unique. In addition, their unique combination of ballet with more modern dance forms makes their choreography even more stunning. Definitely jump at the chance to see the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet if the opportunity ever presents itself! 

An amazing picture of a young Alvin Ailey taken by photographer Carl Van Vetchen. More from the Library of Congress archives. 

An amazing picture of a young Alvin Ailey taken by photographer Carl Van Vetchen. More from the Library of Congress archives. 

Student Review: Sweet Honey in the Rock

On Wednesday, February 12, Sweet Honey in the Rock graced the stage of Zellerbach Hall. It was a full house, understandable given the prominence of the group and their continual success over the past 40 years. Sweet Honey in the Rock, as the five women told us during the performance, was formed in 1973 by select members of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company in Washington. Over the years, the group has grown and changed to include many talented musicians as well as countless guest artists, and has gained recognition for their political and social activism, beginning with prominent Musicians United for Safe Energy concert series in New York City in 1979.

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The group has continued to support many causes including disaster relief, the Free Africa Movement, and the No More Deaths organization, among many others. And their dedication to political and social causes is apparent in the themes of their songs, many of which were supplemented on Wednesday night by videos and photographs projected behind the group — stirring images of suffering and protests — all with the overarching theme that if we work together, there is hope that we can all improve the world.

Activism may not as prominent now on the Berkeley campus as it once was, but on Wednesday night when the audience sang together for the final song, “let there be peace on Earth, let it begin with me,” the spirit of the civil rights movement came alive again. 

Ira Glass invites audiences to his Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host featuring dances Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass -  March 29 at Cal Performances. Tickets are on sale now!

We stumbled upon this awesome dance series picture from photographer David Hulthen today.

We stumbled upon this awesome dance series picture from photographer David Hulthen today.

We can’t help but smile listening to these true stories from This American Life, featured in today’s Google doodle.

We can’t help but smile listening to these true stories from This American Life, featured in today’s Google doodle.

A lesson in dance at our Dance Workshop, part of the Martha Graham Dance Company residency. 

Just in: Costume sketches from the upcoming world premiere of Mark Morris Dance Group’s Acis and Galatea. 

Spotted around the office: the official Ailey posters have arrived! 

Spotted around the office: the official Ailey posters have arrived! 

Britney Spears Thanks the Cal Band