Lula Washington has been honored with the National Dance Association’s 2011 Heritage Award — the highest recognition given by the organization which represents dance educators nationwide.
Lula was recognized at the associatiion’s national convention in San Diego on March 30, 2011, for developing young dancers at her inner city school in South Los Angeles and for grooming them to enter her international touring dance ensemble. Two apprentice dancers from Lula’s school accompanied the Lula Washington Dance Theatre for its 25-day performance tour to Central China this May.
The Heritage Award was one of three honors received by Lula Washington in March.
She was honored March 26, with the 2011 “Artistic Vision Award” given by the Los Angeles Black Business Association as part of its “Salute to Black Women” awards luncheon. Upon accepting the award, Lula said she is most proud of the work she does in the community via her school and locally based dance studio.
On March 27, Lula received the “Trailblazer Award” from the Los Angeles African-American Political Action Committee (LAAAWPAC) during its 19th Annual Empowerment Banquet. The award recognized Lula for the impact that her dance company and school have on youth and the local community.