It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of a member of the college’s Dance faculty, Sofia Carreras. Over the past two decades at Riverside City College, Professor Carreras shared her expertise, passion, and kindness with her students, colleagues, and the community.
She was an amazing colleague, friend, teacher, and mentor to so many RCC Dance students. She also had a major impact on legions of dance students throughout Southern California and around the world. Her long battle with cancer came to an end on Saturday.
Sofia’s reach as an artist and educator will live on through all who worked, danced, loved, and laughed by her side. Our hearts and prayers go out to her daughter, Roya, husband Brendan, and son Sebastian.
Future events will honor the legacy of Sofia, and we will announce them as information becomes available.
In recognition of what Professor Carreras was capable of, I leave you with this example
of her work. It is our wish to honor the passion she had for choreography and her love of teaching.
President, Riverside City College
April 30, 2020
The DANCE PROGRAM AT RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE
provides a full schedule of classes and activities that meet the needs of dance majors and minors as well as the general education student.
The Dance Program at RCC sponsors:
- master classes in dance and Pilates with nationally recognized guest artists;
- high school outreach;
- on-campus performance (such as the Homecoming Half-time Show); and
- several showings and concerts during the year
The RCC faculty dance concert, Kinetic Conversations, features faculty choreography and performance, student dancers, and guest artists. The RCC student dance concert, Celebrate Dance, focuses on the work of RCC student choreographers and dancers.
Other small RCC Dance performance ensembles include ACDA and RCC Ballet Ensembles. America College Dance Association (ACDA) is an organization of community college and university dance programs across the United States. RCC Dance has often been featured in the gala concert of ACDA, which recognizes the best work of emerging college dancers and choreographers. The RCC Ballet Ensemble is a select group of student dancers focusing on the art and technique of classical and contemporary ballet. Concert and ensemble auditions are open to all students.
RCC Dancers also sponsors Student Scholarships for continuing dance students and transfer students who continue as dance majors at accredited, four-year institutions:
Cal State University, Long Beach, Cal State University, Fullerton, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Riverside, , Cal Arts - Valencia, Loyola Marymount College – Los Angeles, and Mills College - Oakland Cornish College of the Arts – Seattle, University of Washington – Seattle, University of Colorado – Boulder, Columbia College – Chicago and Marymount Manhattan College – New York City.
Program Costs and Gainful Employment Disclosure: