El Camino College to Present “Three Dynamic Nights of Dance”
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El Camino College to Present “Three Dynamic Nights of Dance”

Dance showcase part of the 30th annual International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) conference and festival

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) will present “Three Dynamic Nights of Dance” in El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium as part of the 30th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance.

Nightly showcase performances at 7:30 p.m. January 25-27 will feature acclaimed youth and professional dance companies from across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Each night is different and presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a range of legendary classic modern dance works performed by today’s leading-edge contemporary artists, choreographers and companies.

This exciting event gathers a wide range of black dance professionals from the U.S. and around the world, including agents, artistic directors, artists, choreographers, company managers, executive directors, historians, presenters, scholars, teachers and many others. LWDT has been an icon of dance in Los Angeles for 38 years – both for its professional company that tours across the United States and abroad, and for its youth dance program.

The lineup for “Three Dynamic Nights of Dance” includes the following:

Thursday, January 25: Youth dance companies from around the nation will present “Honoring Our Legacies,” a celebration of the life of African dance legend Baba Chuck Davis, founding artistic director of DanceAfrica. It will be a night of vibrant modern, jazz, contemporary and traditional dance by youth ensembles from Los Angeles, Cleveland, Baltimore, Detroit and Dallas. Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and LWDT’s own high-energy youth group are among the performers.

Friday, January 26: The work of established IABD member companies will be featured in the second evening, including the GreeneWorks Project of Cleveland, Atlanta Dance Connection, Collage Dance Collective of Memphis, LWDT, and Elisa Monte Dance of New York City. Los Angeles native Matthew Rushing of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be honored.

Saturday, January 27: This evening will showcase the founding companies of IABD: Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!), LWDT, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Special highlights include Donald McKayle’s classic “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,” by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and a performance by New York-based choreographer Kyle Abraham.

Tickets for the performance range from $15-$35 and may be  purchased online at centerforthearts.org using the online ticketing system or by phone at 800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3. Marsee Auditorium is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.

January 5, 2018