Bringing World Dance to CSUF

Alvin Rangel-Alvarado's original plan was to become an English teacher. While in college, the assistant professor at Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Theatre and Dance would take dance lessons at night.

“Dance has always been my passion, but I was conflicted about it — it was a love-hate relationship,” admits Rangel-Alvarado, who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

During President Bill Clinton’s second term, he participated in an academic internship to Washington, D.C. thanks to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He then enrolled at the University of Cincinnati to study dance, where a professor suggested he audition at the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Rangel-Alvarado was with the dance company for eight years.

In October, a professor from Taipei National University of the Arts invited him to present a tango project in Taiwan.

“I was surprised that there is a lot of tango dancing in Taiwan now. I offered a theory workshop and a few performances, with a question-and-answer session after each one,” he says.

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