Dance Ph.D. Students Get Recognized

By Elizabeth Romero, Student Intern CHASS College Computing
August 14, 2009

Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia and Anusha KedharGabriela Mendoza-Garcia (pictured, left), a 3rd year Dance Ph.D. student, has recently been awarded the 2009 Ford Foundation Diversity Pre-doctoral Diversity Fellowship. Mendoza-Garcia is focusing on Critical Dance Studies. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. From the University of Texas at Austin, and while in Texas, Mendoza-Garcia founded and directed the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Ballet Folklorico and the TAMIU Ballet Folklorico Juvenil in Laredo, Texas for eleven years. Her research interests here at UCR include: the historical, racial, and political reasons for designating the Jarabe Tapatio as the national dance of Mexico; the importance of authenticity in the production of Mexican folklorico dance; and the migration of the Danza de la Viejada from Mexico to the United States and its production on stage.

Anusha Kedhar (pictured, right), a 4th year Dance Ph.D. student, has recently won the 2009 Selma Jeanne Cohen Award from the Society of Dance History Scholars. This award is given to graduate students who are recognized for their excellence in dance scholarship. Kedhar's research examines contemporary south Asian dance in the UK in relation to discourses of race, citizenship, and the cultural politics of hybridity.

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