3773 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-292-5852 (Phone) | 323-292-5851 (Fax)

Dance School

Ex-Lead Soloist of the Royal Ballet Taught at LWDT this Summer

We just wrapped up our six-week summer programs, including Creative Expressions Dance Camp, Youth and Teen/Adult Intensives.

Creative Expressions is recreational, cultural enrichment. It offers an introduction to dance for beginners and for those with some experience. Students took dance classes for eight hours every day with a culminating showcase at the end. We had many different classes available this summer, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, African, Contemporary, and a class where the students were able to create their own choreography! We also had some special workshops in Caribbean, Latin, and a week-long Cheer Camp Intensive. We did more than dance this summer, we went on field trips to Leimert Park where students participated in the LA Commons, Day of the Ancestors and Festival of Masks with self-made pieces of art and masks. We went to Zuma Beach, and the California African American Museum where students learned about the LA 1992 Up-Rising.

We were very excited to welcome Jerry Douglas to LWDT this summer! Jerry was the first African-American lead soloist in the Royal Ballet and he came to LWDT this summer to teach ballet to students in our Youth and Teen/Adult Intensives. Even some of the LWDT ballet teachers were wishing they could take lessons from him! We look forward to his limited time with us in the fall, so listen up for listings of special classes and workshops!

Other Intensive guests include:

Royce Zachary, coordinator of Dance for Howard University, member of IABD

Saroya Corbitt, PhD Candidate, UCLA, Certified Dunham Instructor, member of IABD

Jan Blunt, Certified Dunham instructor, member of IABD

Jahanna Blunt, West African Dance

Join us for our Annual OPEN HOUSE @ LULA’S Saturday September 9th, 2017! Sample classes for free, register, audition for Ensemble and Class Placement, (to be moved from one level to the next), and see a performance by the professional company! Check out the company before they hit the road!

Fall classes begin on Monday September 10, 2017!

LWDT boasts three performance Ensembles. Each group performs through-out the year and within the greater Los Angeles area in a range of civic, cultural and community events. These students also represent LWDT, beyond Los Angeles at Festivals and conferences in California and nationally.

Lula Washington Children’s Jazz Dance Ensemble students ages 9 – 16 Intermediate-Advanced students who show a passion for dance and who want to perform. Must be an LWDT student for consideration.

Youth Dance Ensemble is made up of LWDT students ages 12 – 18 intermediate to advanced levels.

Professional Development/Studio Ensemble consist of young adults age 16 – 26 who with years of training and a desire to have a professional career in dance. These students Apprentice with our professional touring company. They are invited to perform with the company at in local and some out of town performances.

Kwanzaa Tickets Now On Sale!

Lula Washington's African Dance Ballerinas in Kwanzaa!

Tickets are on sale now for Lula Washington Dance Theatre’s Kwanzaa! 2016 celebration.

For the first time, Brown Paper Tickets will handle the ticket sales for Kwanzaa. Brown Paper Tickets can be reached at the following link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2716472

We are doing four concerts for Kwanzaa, all of them at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre studio, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Wed. – Dec. 28 – 7:00 pm
Thur. – Dec. 29 – 7:00 pm
Fri. – Dec. 30 – 7:00 pm
Sat. – Dec. 31 – 3 pm

Ticket Prices via Brown Paper Tickets:
$35 – General Admission
$25 – Seniors, Students, and children in seats
$15 – Children – on floor mats
$10 – Small children who sit in laps of family

VIP and UMOJA CIRCLE tickets can be purchased at the dance studio, 323-292-5852.

Dance All Day – 2015 @ Taste of Soul

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will offer a full day of free dance performances, classes, spoken word, music, and fun activities for children via the 2015 Dance All Day Festival, which coincides with the Taste of Soul street extravaganza along Crenshaw Boulevard.

Viewers can sit and watch, or they can get up and dance on stage, or, at their seats in front of the stage. The event is designed to be fun for everybody.

All the activities take place on a large outdoor stage in the Lula Washington Dance Theatre parking lot at 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 – at the corner of Crenshaw and Coliseum. All the performances are free. Taste of Soul visitors are encouraged to drop by Lula’s, sit down, rest, watch performances, and then head back out onto Crenshaw Boulevard.

The dance company will have jumpers, a slide and an obstacle course set up for children. They will have people selling drinks, candy, popcorn and other treats for children through the day.

Performance highlights include performances by a dozen or so local dance artists, including performers and choreographers from Lula Washington Dance Theatre; Debbie Allen Dance Academy; Floricanto Dance Company and many others. Le Ballet Domboya and Marame Fe will lead adults in a 90 minute Afro-Beat dance workshop. Students from Crenshaw High School and other local schools will also perform.

From noon to 1 pm, the program will include a Gospel Power Hour where local praise dance teams will perform. People interested in Urban Ballroom dance can participate in an open workshop right after the Gospel Power Hour.

The day kicks off at 9:30 am with a ballet class for children out on the stage. The young people will learn choreography and them participate in a Festival of Tutus — each child showing off their ballet moves. Instructors will teach the children ballet routines to perform.

This activity is for children ages three and up.

For more information call the dance studio office at: 323-292-5852; or emal School.lwdt@gmail.com

Summer Dance Programs for Beginner Thru Advanced Students

Enrollment is open for two distinct Summer Dance programs at Lula Washington Dance Theatre — one for newer dancers just starting out, and another for those who are ready to train seriously, take wings, and fly as performers. Both programs meet from June 22 – Aug. 2 at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre studio, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.

Beginner and intermediate students ages 7 to 13 should enroll in the Creative Expressions Dance Camp. This program meets M-F from 8 am to 5 pm. Extended hours are available for an extra fee. This camp introduces students to a range of dance styles from ballet to African; Hip Hop to tap and Caribbean and Jazz. Students go on culturally and educationally enriching field trips and they dance in a culminating concert. The focus is fun, enrichment, physical fitness, and teaching of information to help improve student health.

Advanced students, whether teens or young adults, will focus on training and growing as dancers. They will take classes to build flexibility, control, strength, stamina, and technique. Intensive students will learn and perform choreography by LWDT’s resident and guest choreographers. Exceptional students will have an opportunity to audition for LWDT’s company and for specific projects.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre encompasses a professional dance company that annually tours around the United States and to international stages with choreography by Lula Washington, Tamica Washington-Miller, and some of the most important names in African-American Dance.

The organization has its own School where it grooms performers from tiny tots up through adult professionals. Within the school, LWDT hosts a number of performance ensembles including a Children’s Dance Ensemble; A Youth Dance Ensemble; a Teen/Adult Professional Development Workshop Ensemble; and apprentice dancers who work with the Company.

To enroll, contact Lula Washington Dance Theatre at 323-292-5852 or email us at Classes.LWDT@gmail.com for more information.

LWDT Offers Winter Intensive Jan 4 – 8, 2015

Lula Washington Dance Theatre is offering a four-day winter intensive for young people seriously interested in developing their skills and technique as modern dancers.

The workshops will be taught by key LWDT dancers and teachers, and by guest instructor Stephanie Powell, a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Dance Theater of Harlem.

Other teachers include Khilea Douglass, also a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Ms. Douglass is currently a member of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre Company and School faculty.

A host of exceptional teachers are on the intensive staff. They include Anthony Jackson, a ballet trained dancer who formerly performed with LWDT; William “PG” Grinton, a faculty member at LWDT and a former member of Philadanco; Queala Clancy, also a faculty member and dancer for LWDT. Ms. Clancy formerly danced with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Several other faculty members are also scheduled to teach.

To sign up, contact the front desk at the LWDT School, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. Email: school.lwdt@gmail.com. Phone: 323-292-5852.

The intensive classes will meet from 10 am to 4 pm and will include Horton technique; ballet; jazz dance; body conditioning and stretching.

Students from all ages can participate. It will have a junior division for 8 to 13 year olds; and divisions for students 14 – 24 and older.

Voice Lessons with Abraham McDonald

Abraham McDonald, who won Oprah Winfrey’s Karaoke Challenge singing contest in 2009, is teaching voice lessons at Lula Washington Dance Theatre on Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 pm.

The class is open to all Lula Washington students, and also to parents and friends.

Students in the class will learn songs which they will sing in local performances, including this year’s Kwanzaa Festival Dec. 28 & 29. The idea is to equip LWDT dance students with skills in singing (and also acting) so that they can perform as dancers, singers, or, actors.

For information on signing up for the class, call the LWDT studio at 323-292-5852.

Abraham is an Island Records/Def Jam recording artist. He teaches private voice lessons for students who have subsequently enjoyed great success in the music field.

Festival of Tutus at Dance All Day

Aspiring ballerinas will perform on stage for the “Festival of Tutu’s” this Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 10 am until noon.

The performance features students ages 3 and up who study ballet at Lula Washington Dance Theatre.

This is the opening activity for Lula Washington Dance Theatre’s 6th Annual Dance All Day Festival. (See schedule under Dance News.)

At LWDT, students are taught to train and practice to make it to the stars. If they fail, they’ll reach the Moon.

Students who are reaching for the stars will show off their ballet moves in the festival. As part of the day’s festivities, each student is encouraged to bring a friend to dance with them.

Come out and support this event and then help a child sign up for dance classes at Lula’s.

Open House Kicks Off Fall Class Session With $5 Dance Day!

Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) kicks off its Fall Dance Session with an Open House on Saturday, Sept. 6, featuring classes taught by many of its most popular dance instructors.

The dance studio will open at 9 am for sign-ups, with classes running hourly from 10 am until 4 pm. For one flat fee of $5 for the entire day, students can take classes in Soca, hip hop, jazz, Caribbean, tap, ballet, modern, and much more. “We are bringing back all of our popular classes and teachers from last year,” said Lula Washington, Founder and Artistic Director of the Dance Company.

“We are also offering new classes this year. One of them is voice lessons with Abraham McDonald,” explained Lula. “Abraham has worked with us before. He won Oprah Winfrey’s National Singing Competition and he got to serenade first Lady Michele Obama when she was in LA recently. He’s going to help our students to add singing to their dancing. We are taking special sign-ups for those classes, which will also start in the Fall.”

As part of a new initiative to promote healthy living among children, LWDT will give away free apples at the Open House for as long as supplies last. The Open House is targeted towards children from ages 7 to 17, but younger and older students are welcome to participate.

The Fall session begins officially on Monday, Sept. 8 and continues through Dec. 31. During the session, students will get to participate in a number of events including the annual DANCE ALL DAY festival during the “Taste of Soul” street festival; and the culminating Kwanzaa Festival which will be the weekend after Christmas.

Youth Recital Moves to Japan America Theatre

Student at Lula Washington Dance Theatre prepares for annual Youth Recital.

It’s Recital time again!

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) School will present its annual Youth Dance Recital on Saturday, June 14, at 1 pm at the Japan American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), 244 S. San Pedro Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Each year all students at the LWDT School are encouraged to participate in the recital to showcase what they have learned.

This year LWDT is really excited about the Youth Recital’s new location in downtown Los Angeles. This will be the first time the recital will be held at the JACCC. For more than a decade LWDT has hosted its’ Youth Recital at the El Camino Marsee Auditorium. This new move to the JACCC is “what we hope to be the beginning of a long and deep relationship,” says Erwin Washington, Executive director and co-founder of the LWDT.

This year’s theme is “Legends”. This theme is in honor and celebration of legends from African decent and the Diaspora; legends of dance, culture, theatre, poetry, and music.

The Recital program will celebrate and recognize several graduating high school seniors as they prepare for their careers in college.

Tickets can be purchased at the LWDT School, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90016 and online below. For more information, call: 323-292-5852.

Ticket Pricing:

General Admission – $25.00

Seniors & Students – $20.00

Children 12 & under – $15.00

Babies under age 3 if they sit in an adult’s lap – Free

Lula Washington Dance Theatre Launches Christmas Performances

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre this year mounted a year-end Christmas dance concert — a departure from its normal practice of only producing its Kwanzaa Festival each year.

The concert was held in the dance studio Theater on Dec. 7. It started with one matinee concert focused on the tiny tot students. It quickly sold out, forcing a second concert to be added the same night.

And, other older students also got into the act, so the tiny tots did not get to have all the fun to themselves. .

It ended up being a fun-filled, joyous holiday concert showing students of various age levels doing dances that ranged from hip hop to gospel, ballet, and Caribbean.

Studio Manager Roshada Baldwin championed and oversaw this event, with Lula and Tamica and the rest of the staff jumping in to help out and fine tune.

In addition to our Christmas show, the students at LWDT danced at several other community holiday events, including a concert at the Baldwin Hills Mall and a toy giveaway show in Gardena produced by State Senator Rod Wright and Assemblyman Steven Bradford on Dec. 15.

LWDT students excited the audiences at all of its shows.

Photos by Lula Washington