CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater: Hungry Big Moves

Course Dates: July 13 to July 26, 2015
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015  Please check with the Course Coordinator about late application for this class.

Hungry Big Moves is a total hybrid of dance, theatre, and music from an urban Latin perspective – working together to reach out and take hold of people’s hearts. “The new face of Los Angeles dance, and the new voice as well.” – Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times

  • Study intensively with this old and multilingual Los Angeles-based company dedicated to transforming the world through dance.
  • Learn technique and choreography rooted in Salsa and Afro-Cuban styles, and drawing from hip-hop, urban, and contemporary dance-theater.
  • Use dance as a tool for community building. Bring to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage.
  • This course will culminate in a public presentation of student work.

undergraduate: DANCE 421/3 units
graduate: DANCE 621/3 units


All students at all levels of skill and experience are encouraged to apply. You should be curious and excited  to work in the different urban dance styles. You should be open to broadening your understanding and knowledge of the Latin-based dance forms. Be prepared for a physical and challenging workshop that speaks to fierce moving and being moved to action.

1)      Submit a headshot (if you do not have a professional headshot, a regular photograph that shows you clearly will work), your dance resume, and a one-page personal statement that introduces you and your interest in taking this workshop. We would like to know why you are intrigued about studying with CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. What are the personal connections? What are you excited about? How do you feel about your communities? How does that influence your personal work as a dancer or choreographer?
2)      Upload the materials listed in step one when you complete your Online Registration Form by May 15, 2015.

Professor Gayle Fekete


CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance
The company has several large scale performance works, many shorter pieces, dance residency programs for youth, and master classes for all ages. Their repertory has been and continues to be presented in an around the United States and Latin America. CONTRA-TIEMPO toured to South America as Dance ambassadors, as a part of DanceMotionUSA. This program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), showcases the finest contemporary American dance abroad while facilitating cultural exchange.

Ana Maria Alvarez (Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer)
Ana Maria Alvarez is a Cuban-American choreographer, born and raised in the southern and northeastern United States. She received a BA in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College, moved to Brooklyn where she lived, danced and performed in New York for several years before heading to Los Angeles in 2002. She received her MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. Ana’s thesis work, which explored the abstraction of “Latin Dance,” specifically salsa, as a way to express social resistance with in the United States immigration battle, eventually became the impetus for founding CONTRA-TIEMPO in 2005. In 2013, Ana was invited to choreograph the first of seven plays about hunger with Cornerstone Theater and Homeboy Industries. She is regularly invited to speak about her work in national and international venues. In 2012, Ana was invited by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and America Dance Abroad to represent Los Angeles contemporary dance and CONTRA-TIEMPO at Internationale Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf, Germany. Several months later, she was invited back to Dusseldorf to participate in a new choreographers lab called IPAY Kindling/Fresh Tracks. She is currently an artist in residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.