Featured Profile: Moving Arts Dance
As a child, Ray was denied access to dance classes due to her family’s limited financial resources. In high school, she was able to take modern dance and immediately began winning acclaim and being given awards and scholarships. Ms. Ray has a BA in Dance Education from ASU, two Master of Arts degrees from UCLA (a double major in Choreography and Kinesiology and a second degree in Dance/Movement Therapy).
She has guest lectured and served on the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the nation. She has served as adjudicator for selection committees for the American College Dance Festival, for grants committees, and for many years toured a lecture circuit to festivals and universities across the nation.
The Moving Arts Dance company also hosts their annual MAD BAD Festival, which brings together artists from the California area, in various dance fields.
After three decades of a career and life in dance, Ray is a multiple award winning choreographer who has been inducted into the Contra Costa Women’s Hall of Fame, received a citation from the United States Senate for her services in dance, and has been heralded as a Visionary of the East Bay Area by Diablo Magazine.
Here is what Anandha had to say about the work:
"Presence of Absence is a piece about loss, and ultimately about the circle of life. Loss of a loved one is such a difficult thing to go through, I can think of nothing more difficult. Yet, it is predetermined that we each experience this. I find that by choreographing dances that explore such topics, I accomplish two goals: one is for me to better understand this part of life, and the other is for the dance to help audience members who have experienced something similar to know that they are not alone…that there is someone who understands them.
This is a beautiful, deep and very strong company that is not to be missed.
The Golden West College Professional Invitational will take place on February 18 & 19 2011, at 8 pm. It is being held at the Robert B. Moore Theater, which is located on the Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa, California. Tickets are $12 for General and $10 for Students; they are available through the OCC Box Office and online at
For more information on Moving Arts Dance please check out their website: www.movingartsdance.org