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Lula’s New Work in Progress Gets Early Press Praise.

Lula’s New Work in Progress Gets Early Press Praise.

Lula Washington has not yet finished her newest work, Open Your Eyes, but it is already getting good reviews. Lula showcased excerpts from the work at a recent Los Angeles Dance Festival concert at the Madrid Theatre in the West San Fernando Valley. Former Merce Cummingham dancer Jeff Slayton is now a critic for See [...]


Showcase@Lula’s — A Look At New Works In Progress

Showcase@Lula’s — A Look At New Works In Progress

Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) invites dance lovers to a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process as Lula Washington and her dance company members showcase new choreographic works in a studio showing Saturday, Nov. 19, starting with a 6:30 pm happy hour style reception, and a 7:30 pm performance. The event is entitled Showcase @ [...]


Dance All Day – 2015 @ Taste of Soul

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 [...]


Recital Saturday, June 13, 3pm @ Japan America Theatre

Recital Saturday, June 13, 3pm @ Japan America Theatre

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will hold its 2015 Youth Dance Recital on Saturday, June 13 @ 3 pm at the Aratani Japan America Theatre located at 244 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre studio, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016; [...]


Summer Dance Programs for Beginner Thru Advanced Students

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 [...]


Kwanzaa Dance Concerts Dec. 27 & 28

Kwanzaa Dance Concerts Dec. 27 & 28

Praised by dance critics as “one of the best dance shows in Los Angeles,” Lula Washington Dance Theatre is presenting its annual Kwanzaa concerts on Saturday Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 28 at its Dance Studio Theater, 3773 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016. To buy tickets click on “Kwanzaa tickets” on the menu above. [...]


Lula Washington Dance Theatre Turning 35

Lula Washington Dance Theatre Turning 35

In 1980, when Lula Washington decided to start her own dance company in Los Angeles — many dance experts doubted she could succeed. After all, many big name choreographers had tried to do the same thing, but failed. In January of 2015, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) turns 35 years old. What started as [...]


LWDT Has Busy Summer Schedule Ahead

LWDT Has Busy Summer Schedule Ahead

The Showcase@Lula’s studio concerts were so well received by an enthusiatic audience that Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) will present another showcase of new works in late July / early August. Stay tuned for exact dates. In the meantime, LWDT will be busy with local performances and activities. *** Wednesday,  May 7 @ 7:30 pm [...]


LWDT Hosts Studio Concert to Showcase New Works April 26 & 27

LWDT Hosts Studio Concert to Showcase New Works April 26 & 27

Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) will host a Studio Concert this month to showcase new works in progress and to cultivate audiences with a love for contemporary dance. LWDT will present choreography by Lula Washington, Stefan Wenta, Tamica Washington-Miller, Rennie Harris, Christopher Huggins, Bernard Brown, Chester Whitmore, and others. The performances are set for Saturday, [...]


Upcoming and Established Talent Abound at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference

Upcoming and Established Talent Abound at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference

Saturday, Jan. 18: Founder’s Showcase Sometimes a dance is so perfect that it overshadows everything else on the program. Other work pales in comparison. Such was the case Saturday night at McFarlin Auditorium with not one but two works by Lula Washington, founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre. The [...]


Lula Washington’s Harambee Suite Wins Three Standing Ovations at its Three-Day Kwanzaa Festival

Lula Washington’s Harambee Suite Wins Three Standing Ovations at its Three-Day Kwanzaa Festival

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) school and company members completed three days of Kwanzaa concerts at its Dance Studio Theater on Crenshaw Boulevard before full house audiences that gave the shows standing ovations each and every night. LWDT’s performers brought each audience to its feet nightly with their rousing Harambee Suite which comprised the [...]


Lula Washington’s “Random Thoughts” Called “Brilliant” in Review of McCallum Theater Concert in Palm Desert

Lula Washington’s “Random Thoughts” Called “Brilliant” in Review of McCallum Theater Concert in Palm Desert

Lula Washington premiered her new “Random Thoughts” at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert this November. The 45-minute work to music by Terrence Blanchard drew a very positive review from music and dance critic Bruce Fessier from the “My Desert.com” online publication. His review on Nov. 18, 2013 said this, in part: “I was enthralled [...]


Lula Washington Dance Theatre Kicks Off 2014 With Performances in Santa Barbara, North Carolina, San Jose

Lula Washington Dance Theatre Kicks Off 2014 With Performances in Santa Barbara, North Carolina, San Jose

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre begins 2014 with performances in Santa Barbara, North Carolina and San Jose. The company presents its Reflections In Black educational concert at the Arlington Theater at Santa Barbara City College Jan. 22. The Company will perform for more than 2,000 school children via the Children’s Creative Project. This will be [...]


LWDT Praised in Review of Mid-Atlantic Tour

LWDT Praised in Review of Mid-Atlantic Tour

Originally Published: 3/3/2013 Review: Lula Washington Dance Theatre in powerful, expressive performance ________________________________________ By Susan L. Pena Reading Eagle Correspondent Lula Washington Dance Theatre took on universal themes of love, war, healing and authenticity in a performance Saturday night in Reading Area Community College’s Miller Center for the Arts as part of the Downtown Performing [...]


Lula Washington to Receive UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Her Three Decades of Dance Work

Lula Washington to Receive UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Her Three Decades of Dance Work

More than three decades ago Lula Washington applied for admission to the UCLA Dance Department and had to fight her way in. On May 17, 2013, Lula Washington will receive UCLA’s Chancellor’s Award — the highest honor that UCLA awards its alumni. Lula is being honored in the category of Community Service, for her work [...]


Elizabeth Eckford of Little Rock Nine Attends Lula Washington Dance Theatre Concert at Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas Jan. 31, 2013

Elizabeth Eckford of Little Rock Nine Attends Lula Washington Dance Theatre Concert at Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas Jan. 31, 2013

Elizabeth Eckford, one of the original Little Rock Nine, was on hand January 31 at Stuttgart, Arkansas’ Grand Prairie Center when Lula Washington Dance Theatre performed its dance suite about the nine high school students who integrated Central High School in 1957. Afterwards, Ms. Eckford came up on stage and hugged Khilea Douglass, the dancer [...]


Lula Washington students dance at Space Shuttle Endeavor

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 [...]


Choreographer George Faison Teaches at LWDT

Choreographer George Faison Teaches at LWDT

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre frequently hosts master dance classes with legendary figures in dance. A good example of that is the visit in August 2012 by famed choreographer George Faison. George choreographed “The Wiz” on Broadway and the musical “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.” He created the highly popular work “Suite Otis” which [...]


Ailey alum teaches free dance classes at Lula’s

Ailey alum teaches free dance classes at Lula’s

Andre Tyson, a former leading dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, is teaching free weekly dance classes at Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT). Tyson is on the dance faculty at the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) where he is also an Assistant Dean. Cal Arts is offering the free classes at [...]


Youth LIfted Up in June Recital

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 [...]


Lula tours in California with Irvine Foundation funds

Lula tours in California with Irvine Foundation funds

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) will tour 10 cities throughout California with a three-year grant from the James Irvine Foundation. The funding subsidizes LWDT’s concert fees for selected engagements. LWDT is ready to add more dates to its schedule. The Irvine Foundation engagements include: July 21 – Allensworth Universal Family Fair, Allensworth, CA Jul [...]


LWDT gets 9-city Mid-Atlantic Tour

LWDT gets 9-city Mid-Atlantic Tour

Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) will tour to a host of east coast communities in Spring 2013 thanks to funding from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Each Mid-Atlantic tour engagement will include public concerts, educational performances and community outreach. The Company also has other tour dates in the Spring, including the remainder of our James Irvine [...]


Lula participates in LA Dance Festival

Lula participates in LA Dance Festival

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre performed in the 2012 LA Dance Festival at the Diavolo space in downtown Los Angeles. The company performed Lula’s “For Those Who Live and Die For Us.” It celebrates the soldiers – men and women – who risk their lives for their country. The festival was produced by Diavolo Dance [...]


Youth Dancers In Action

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 [...]