Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba teaches modern dance

  • Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba talks with students between exercises.

November 15, 2017

In late October and early November, dance students studied modern dance with Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba.

Ruvalcaba, who arrived on Oct. 23 and remained on campus through Nov. 3, is a repetiteur for the Jose Limon Dance Foundation. Ruvalcaba has visited several times over the last few years, and is one of the students’ favorite guests.

On the final day of his visit, Ruvalcaba taught one final session, incorporating the techniques he had taught over the past two weeks. After a quick warm-up, Ruvalcaba led the students through a series of choreographic exercises.

Ruvalcaba played a variety of musical selections during the class, ranging from classical to Queen to Disney favorites. From time to time, Ruvalcaba chimed in with suggestions on how to execute the moves more cleanly. “Hold on for a second longer, so that when you fall, you fall fast,” he suggested during one movement.

And during another: “It’s like there’s a fence and you want to look over it,” he said, miming the described action. “Long, not crunched.”

Ruvalcaba closed the session with one final exercise, performed to Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” After one last repetition, in which Ruvalcaba joined, the session concluded. The students cheered enthusiastically for Ruvalcaba, clapping their hands and drumming on the floor. As the students lined up to thank Ruvalcaba, it was clear that their affection was mutual.

“I love you guys,” Ruvalcaba said.