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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

Lula Washington Dance Theatre Youth Recital


The Lula Washington Dance Theatre School will present its annual Youth Dance Recital on Saturday, June 22, at 2 pm in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino Community College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506.

Using the theme of “Believe”, the concert will focus on more positive and uplifting dance works from a range of styles including Ballet, Caribbean, Modern, African, tap, hip hop and jazz dance.

Students in the Active Boys class will show their skils in Hapkido Martial Arts, as well as in African drumming and dance.

Members of the LWDT professional company will perform in selected works on the program.

Tickets are on sale at the LWDT School, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90016. For information about tickets call: 323-292-5852 or email: School.lwdt@gmail.com.

Dance School Prepping for Kwanzaa

Students at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre have been super busy. They performed alongside Lula Washington’s adult dancers and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy for the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavor to Los Angeles. Then, they performed in our Dance All Day event durinig Taste of Soul. Our youth ensemble performed for the Black Women’s Physicians event, and also at a fundraiser at the Airport Hilton Hotel for an orphanage in Ghana.

Now, the students are preparing for Kwanzaa. Rehearsals are getting underway. This year’s Kwanzaa festival will happen at our dance studio, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90016. The dates are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 & 29 at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 30 at 3pm.

Seating will be extremely limited, so we suggest early purchases. For information contact the dance school at 323-292-5852 or by email at School.LWDT@gmail.com.

Lula Washington students dance at Space Shuttle Endeavor

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.

Open House September 8 With $1 Dance Classes

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) will present its 2nd Annual “Open House / $1 Dance Day” on Saturday, Sept. 8 for new and returning dance students.

“We invite parents to take part in an orientation session that begins sharply at 9 am,” said LWDT Studio Manager Roshada Baldwin. “Celebrate a new season of dance with Lula Washington and her staff. Tour the facility, meet Lula Washington herself, and our great teachers. “

The dance studio is located at 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., at the corner of Coliseum and Crenshaw. For information call: 323-292-5852.

During the Open House, students can take sample classes in modern dance, jazz, ballet, African, tap, hip-hop, Caribbean and gymnastics! Classes begin at 9 am and continue on the hour through the day. Each class is $1.

“It’s an opportunity for students to try a little of everything,” said Tamica Washington-Miller, Associate Director of LWDT and its School. “Come and learn about the classes we offer here and the many activities that students can participate in this Fall.”

Students in the LWDT School will have the opportunity to perform in several events, including a performance that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. In addition, students will dance in the Taste of Soul Oct. 20, and in the annual Kwanzaa celebration in December.

Youth LIfted Up in June Recital

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.

Youth Dancers In Action

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) Youth Dance Ensemble has been busy all year with concerts around the greater Los Angeles area. LWDT’s African dance students were invited to dance for the second year in a row at the graduation of African-American students from Cal State Los Angeles. The graduation takes place annually at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Earlier this year, LWDT students performed a hip hop dance number for Lineage Dance Company’s Pasadena Dance Festival. That event also took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The choreographer was 16-year-old Pondesa Munir. Pondesa also was a choreography winner in last year’s Taste of Soul Dance Festival. She is a scholarship student at LWDT.

In May, the LWDT Children’s Ensemble performed at the California African Museum as part of the Museum’s Literacy Day festivities. The youth dancers were extremely impressive with their great dance skills. They have become regular performers at the Museum.

The youth dancers are seen annually in LWDT’s June Recital at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium. No matter where they perform, Lula Washington Dance Theatre’s youth dancers always leave the crowd happy and hungry for more.