Sunday, September 23

Professor Gigi Johnson's research into streaming and playlists landed her the opportunity to speak at an upcoming conference in Germany. She said streaming services collect information on their users based on playlists, providing individualized ads. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)
Professor Gigi Johnson's research into streaming and playlists landed her the opportunity to speak at an upcoming conference in Germany. She said streaming services collect information on their users based on playlists, providing individualized ads. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

“Eurydice,” directed by alumna Roshni Shukla, modernizes the original Greek myth by focusing on the female protagonist Eurydice as she is forced to choose her life’s direction. (Courtesy of Rich McCarter)
“Eurydice,” directed by alumna Roshni Shukla, modernizes the original Greek myth by focusing on the female protagonist Eurydice as she is forced to choose her life’s direction. (Courtesy of Rich McCarter)

Alex Swift Almaraz, a UCLA alumnus, learned to dance hip-hop in high school and choreographed dances as part of the UCLA dance department's senior project. He has taught in prisons and alongside dance companies, and he plans to continue sharing his passion for dance after a trip to Chicago and Amsterdam in an effort to learn more about the specific dance styles he performs. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Dance alumnus uses choreography to explore, teach new styles

Alex Swift Almaraz’s first tattoo reads, “Live hard, die free.” The tattoo reflects a mantra he would later devise, taking inspiration from the words of house dance pioneer Marjory Smarth: “Live true, dance free.” Almaraz, a UCLA alumnus, will share his passion for teaching and performing hip-hop, house dance and Chicago footwork this summer. Read more...

Alex Swift Almaraz, a UCLA alumnus, learned to dance hip-hop in high school and choreographed dances as part of the UCLA dance department's senior project. He has taught in prisons and alongside dance companies, and he plans to continue sharing his passion for dance after a trip to Chicago and Amsterdam in an effort to learn more about the specific dance styles he performs. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Faculty members Peter Golub, Kay Rhie and David Lefkowitz (left to right) will perform their original compositions Tuesday in Schoenberg Hall. Golub said faculty concerts allow composition students to see their teachers as practitioners.(Isra Ameen/Daily Bruin)
Faculty members Peter Golub, Kay Rhie and David Lefkowitz (left to right) will perform their original compositions Tuesday in Schoenberg Hall. Golub said faculty concerts allow composition students to see their teachers as practitioners.(Isra Ameen/Daily Bruin)

First-year pre business economics student Tina Li started her crazy sock company HapiThreads on April 2. She currently sells three designs, which include black and white cats, fried eggs and bananas. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)
First-year pre business economics student Tina Li started her crazy sock company HapiThreads on April 2. She currently sells three designs, which include black and white cats, fried eggs and bananas. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Erin Harris, a fourth-year economics student, will play Deloris Van Cartier in the Hooligan Theater Company's upcoming production of "Sister Act." Her character is a nightclub dancer who is forced into a nunnery after witnessing her gangster boyfriend commit murder. (Photo: Bilal Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff, Illustration: Hannah Burnett/Assistant photo editor)
Erin Harris, a fourth-year economics student, will play Deloris Van Cartier in the Hooligan Theater Company's upcoming production of "Sister Act." Her character is a nightclub dancer who is forced into a nunnery after witnessing her gangster boyfriend commit murder. (Photo: Bilal Ismail Ahmed/Daily Bruin senior staff, Illustration: Hannah Burnett/Assistant photo editor)

(Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)
(Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)