The first lady of California, Maria Shriver, has invited Lula Washington to perform a special dance number as part of the 2010 Women’s Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on Monday, Oct. 25. Lula choreographed a special dance number featuring 15 female dancers of varying ages and dance backgrounds.
The new dance, called “Celebration of Women,” will feature dynamic sounds from Shine, a group of female African drummers who often play in Leimert Park Village on weekends. It is a combination of Afro-centric and modern movements which create a joyous and uplifting celebration of sisterhood.
On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Lula will be part of the Minerva program at the Women’s Conference, during which Oprah Winfrey is to receive the Minerva Award. The Minerva is given annually to acknowledge extraordinary women who positively impact the lives of families and children in California.
In 2004, Lula Washington received the first Minerva Award. She was honored for the impact her dance school and performing group have had on children in South Los Angeles.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, has brought high quality dance training to thousands of inner-city students.