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.