Dance Foundation » About the Foundation
The Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation (LWCDF) is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington to provide a creative outlet for minority dance artists in South Los Angeles. The Foundation seeks to build bridges between people of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds through its inter-related parts: the professional Dance Company (Lula Washington Dance Theatre), the Dance School, the Youth Dance Ensemble, and the Dance Studio.
The founding mission is to build a world class contemporary modern dance company that travels worldwide with contemporary modern dance works that reflect African-American history and culture.
Our education mission is to create a school in the inner city where young people can learn the art of dance, launch careers in dance, and where dance is used to motivate, educate, inspire, challenge and enrich the lives of young people so they can become successful, productive and competitive citizens.
History & Governance
The LWCDF was established in January of 1980, and non-profit 501(c)3 charitable status was awarded in May, 1981. Since then, the foundation has been governed by a 10-member Board of Directors which meets quarterly to guide the activities of the organization.The Foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary from January 2010 through the end of May 2011.
Left to right: Founders and Board Members Erwin and Lula Washington; Board Member Dr. Emma Lou Thomas; philanthropist Glorya Kaufman; Board President Todd Reznik. Glorya Kaufman honored Lula Washington with a special award in 2007 for her work in dance teaching kids and maintaining a dance company in Los Angeles. Board members attended the awards ceremony at Glorya Kaufman’s home.