Partners in dance (and life), UC Berkeley Haas Business School associate professor Zsolt Katona, and Timea Potys, former Cal Ballroom team coach and owner of Sizzling Latin Ballroom Company, travel the world to compete in ballroom dance competitions—nearly 30 each year. “I try to maintain my professorship as a hobby,” jokes Prof. Katona. Hear their story and watch them in action:
WATCH: Berkeley Does Ballroom
Black Cultural History at Cal: Sun Ra, James Baldwin, and More
UC Berkeley has historically been a magnet for African American activists, artists, and thinkers but never more so than during the tumultuous ’60s and ’70s. And with a little googling, many of these historical appearances can still be seen, heard, and savored online. In honor of the upcoming 45th annual Black History Month (February 2021), here’s a selection of Black speakers and cultural events that the Cal campus has played host to over the years.
The New Believers
A surprising number of Asian students are drawn to the supportive structure of evangelical congregations. Christian rock music blasts through the open doors of the Student Union as hundreds of Asian-American undergrads clamber up the stairs to a packed Pauley Ballroom. It’s the annual New Student Welcome Night hosted by three campus ministries run by Gracepoint […]
The AileyCamp summer program teaches kids more than dance. For the past ten years, about 80 middle-school kids have descended on Zellerbach Hall for six weeks during the summer. They dance as hard as they can all day, eat at the campus dining halls, and generally take over. They study modern, ballet, jazz, and African dance, along […]