Students from the Lula Washington Dance Theatre School will perform in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavor on Saturday, Oct. 13 when the shuttle stops briefly on Crenshaw Boulevard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Lula’s students will be among more than 100 artists who will perform on a large stage being erected at the intersection to welcome the space shuttle as it makes its way to its future home at the Science Center in Exposition Park.
The welcoming event is being directed by Debbie Allen. Ms. Allen called Lula Washington and asked her to create a new work especially for the event. Lula decided to work with a re-mix of music from the film, Avatar, which she choreographed.
Students of varying ages and skill levels are participating. “I wanted the students to have the chance to see how dance can connect them to space and technology,” Lula said. “I want them to see that being in dance can take them all the way to the stars.” Lula added a special “thank you” to Debbie Allen for inviting her to participate. “One day I got a call out of the blue from Debbie Allen inviting me to be part of this historic event. I am greatful that she included us.”
Following the space shuttle event, Lula’s students will perform in the LWDT DANCE ALL DAY event on Oct. 20, 2012 as part of the Taste of Soul Street Festival. The dance company sets up a stage in its parking lot for that event and sponsors a day of dance performances, classes, contests and worksops. After DANCE ALL DAY, the students will prepare for their annual year end Kwanzaa Festival. Enrollment remains open at the school.