Following Kwanzaa, LWDT launches into 2012 with a series of local concerts and national tours. The big question for 2012 is, how will we top our 2011 Kwanzaa concert and where will we hold it? With our growing audience, we may need a bigger space or more performances so we can serve more people. It’s a good problem to have to start the year.
Highlights for the first half of 2012 include a performance Jan. 28 in Toronto, Canada for the International Association of Blacks In Dance conference. Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform the all male trio from Lula’s work, “The Healers”. LWDT hosted the conference in 2011 in Los Angeles.
LWDT returns to UCLA for the 12th straight year Feb. 17 with Lula’s “Reflections In Black” concert in Royce Hall. The performance is presented free of charge to school children through UCLA’s Design For Sharing program.
LWDT makes its debut Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 pm at Oxnard Community College in Ventura, CA to launch the first formal public concert of the year. A member of Oxnard College’s Administration saw Lula Washington’s “Global Village” at the Ford last year and worked to bring LWDT to the campus.
After Oxnard, LWDT heads south for concerts at Fayettville State College in North Carolina; the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC; the Buckman Theater in Memphis, TN; and the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center in Elizabethtown, KY. This year LWDT returns to the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, and performs in St. Louis for the Spring To Dance Festival; and for Black Dance USA.