Students at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre school presented four hours of non-stop high energy, entertaining, and uplifting dance in LWDT’s 2012 Youth Dance Recital at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium.
The concert featured 121 students who showed skills in diverse dance forms ranging from classical ballet to African; hip hop; tap; Caribbean; and modern dance.
The Recital was full of exceptional performances.
High school student Rayven Granados danced the Dying Swan solo from Swan Lake on pointe. Tap master Chester Whitmore choreographed a fantastic tap duet for two students Jonice Boykins and Alana Sims.
Students presented a dance / spoken word tribute to Lula Washington created by acting teacher Eric Mesiyah McGinnis. The students recorded a song honoring Lula and then danced individual solos expressing their appreciation to Lula for the joy that she has brought to their lives via her school.
Other favorites included large cast dances by Caribbean teacher Carolina Mendizabol. Roshada’s “Ease On Down The Road” was a crowd favorite along with ballets by William PG Grinton; modern dances by Ken Morris and Queala Clancy; and hip hop dances by Angela Jordan and Pondesa Munir.
For the first time, the Recital included a presentation of self defense moves by the all-boys Hapkido Korean martial arts class at the dance studio. Lula Washington Dance Theatre instituted Hapkido as a way to give greater discipline, focus, and self-control training to young inner city boys.
The dance concert attracted more than 800 people who cheered and applauded as the little ones danced up a storm.