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Lula Washington leading students through an exercise. Photo Credit: Brandon I. Brooks for Sentinel The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) celebrates National Dance Week (NDW) from April 24th - 26th with dance from around the world and down the street! The company, known all over the United States for its electrifying contemporary dance performances that highlight African- American culture and history, takes pride in celebrating dance of many cultures.
As part of National Dance Week Celebration, LWDT invites you to bring your friends and family of all ages to participate in free Dance Classes and Workshops.
NDW is designed to "Educate". To teach the importance of dance as a cultural art form in the community; and the value the arts bring to the economy and overall social well being as well as exposing the people to different styles of dance, and the beauty and artistry that is within it. We must realize that it takes great effort to bring, keep, and preserve the arts within our community. NDW is also designed to "Inspire." To stimulate the creative imagination within us to achieve the "so called" unthinkable or unsaid of our minds, so we as human beings may reach to even greater heights than the pioneers before us, while still recognizing and respecting their works and achievements. And finally, NDW is designed to "Celebrate" our creativity and achievements within the arts while moving forward within the changing times to come.
NDW kicks starts on Friday, April 24th with dances from around the world!Â There will be a movement workshop with the distinguished Javanese visiting from the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performances, a Bollywood Dance workshop with Anjani's Classical Kathak Dance of India, a Hip-Hop Jam and an "Inside View" Performance with the USC Traditional Chinese Dance Ensemble, Tamica Washington Miller, S. Pearl Sharp, and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.
Saturday's agenda is to educate and celebrate! There will be an open discussion with L.A.'s dance community such as choreographers, educators, dancers, and dance administrators who have been committed to making dance happen in LA for over the last 15 or more years. Panelists include: Renae Williams-Niles (Dance at the Music Center), Michael Jones (Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce), Mike Davis (Assemblyman), Otis Sallid (Producer), Gema Sandoval (Danza Floricanto/USA), Lula Washington (Founder and Artistic Director of LWDT) and Judy Mitoma (UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance) to name a few. There will be dance classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Folclorico along with an "Inside View" performance, followed by an African/ Brazilian Dance Jam.
Sunday will wind up the weekend with Hip Hop workshops for people of all skill levels and a final "Inside View" performance by: the Nicholas Sisters, Shades of Gray, Lula Washington Youth Ensemble and Professional Development Intensive, and LWDT Baby Tat-Ta's. Special Guests include: Kim Toshi Davidson from Flaunt It Talent Agency in Las Vegas, "Rino and Maryss" of the Beat Freaks and "The Strikers All Stars" from America's Best Dance Crew Season 3.
This event is truly a great opportunity for all people of all ages in the community who are interested in dance or would just like to learn more, and of course donations are always welcome. For more information contact the Lula Washington Dance Theatre at 323 292 5852 or visit us 3773 S. Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016. So come out and support LWDT as they celebrate "National Dance Week."