The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance celebrates UCLA’s history of the academic and performative dance discipline at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in Kaufman Hall.

Featuring performances by UCLA Department of Dance alumni, the dance celebration will honor the legacy of the founders of the dance department: Elsi Dunin, Pia Gilbert, Alma Hawkins, Carol Scothorn, Doris Siegal and Allegra Snyder.

Founded in 1962, the dance department played a pioneering role in establishing dance as a field of study in the university setting while developing a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to dance studies. Course curriculum continues to explore modern dance choreography and performance, dance education, ethnology, history, and dance and movement therapy.

The celebration will be emceed by world arts and cultures alumna Kristina Wong, a multidisciplinary performer, educator and filmmaker.

Performances will be followed by refreshment. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.