Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Lula Washington Dance Theatre Debuts at The Wallis to Celebrate MLK Jr.!

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*(Beverly Hills, CA) — Internationally recognized for its unique blend of African, Afro-
Caribbean, modern, street dance and jazz techniques, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT)
provides brilliant depictions of African-American experiences, past and present.

Now, the company— founded in 1980 and considered one of the premier African-American arts institutions on the West Coast—makes its Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts debut featuring three different
programs that celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over the course of three evenings in
the Bram Goldsmith Theater on January 11 – 13, 2018.

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years and makes a grand debut at The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, in honor of MLK January 11-13th 2018. Visit for more info.

Lula Washington has been generating art from the inner city of South Los Angeles for more than 38
years,” said Paul Crewes, the organization’s Artistic Director. “Her dynamic aesthetic and social
conscious have been a catalyst for the important work she creates. We are proud to support this
amazing local company. Each performance night at The Wallis will be different and show the range of
her vital work. Art can change lives as Lula has repeatedly proved.”

The three programs were curated to show the range and breadth of the company’s 38 years of
programming and the many voices that have influenced LWDT since its formation. On Thursday,
January 11, Program A: African-American Male Voices features four works by male choreographers,
including Donald Byrd and a world premiere by Anthony Burrell (known for Beyonce’s Super Bowl 50
halftime show and “The Formation World Tour”).

On Friday, January 12, Program B: Dance, Jazz & Social Meaning explores themes around social
justice, humanism and spiritualty. The night is anchored by works influenced by Dr. King, including The
Movement, which recalls the civil rights struggles of Dr. King and Rosa Parks, as well as The Little Rock
Nine, which is a tribute to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School on
September 25, 1957. The complete work The Little Rock Nine by Lula Washington was commissioned
by the University of Central Arkansas at Conway for the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine.
On Saturday, January 13, Program C: Movement For The Soul Of It reflects on the history of the
company and revisits popular works choreographed by Lula Washington and her daughter Tamica
Washington-Miller, including Open Your Eyes (2016), The Message (2017) and an encore performance
of The Little Rock Nine & The Movement (2017) choreographed by Lula Washington, as well as Snowy
Day (2016), inspired by a book by famed writer Ezra Jack Keats and choreographed by Tamica

Single tickets are now available for $45 – $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 310.746.4000, or stop by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the
Performing Arts Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Ticket
prices subject to change.

The Wallis also offers three different options to subscribe to the 2017/18 season: the Premium
Subscription Series; the Design-Your-Own option; and the new 3-show Flex Pass for $99, created
especially for busy young professionals—39 and younger—giving the most flexibility to join The Wallis
family of subscribers. Learn more at

Los Angeles-based company Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by offering Wallis audiences three different programs of dance over the MLK holiday weekend. Not to be missed, all programs are performed with Marcus L. Miller and his Freedom Jazz Movement band. For tickets visit.

About the Programs (subject to change):
PROGRAM A: African-American Male Voices
Temporary Spaces (choreographed by Anthony Burrell)
Love Is … (choreographed by Christopher Huggins)
Communion (choreographed by Donald Byrd)
The Movement (Excerpt) (choreographed by Lula Washington)
Reign (choreographed by Rennie Harris)

PROGRAM B: Dance, Jazz & Social Meaning
Little Rock Nine & The Movement (choreographed by Lula Washington)
There is Always Tomorrow (choreographed by Tamica Washington-Miller)
Global Village (choreographed by Lula Washington)
Search for Humanism (choreographed by Lula Washington)
We Wore the Mask (choreographed by Lula Washington)

PROGRAM C: Movement For The Soul Of It
Little Rock Nine & The Movement (choreographed by Lula Washington)
Snowy Day (choreographed by Tamica Washington-Miller)
Reign (choreographed by Rennie Harris)
The Message (choreographed by Lula Washington)
Open Your Eyes (choreographed by Lula Washington)

About Lula Washington Dance Theatre:
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) is a Los Angeles-based repertoire dance ensemble that
performs innovative and provocative choreography by Lula Washington. The Company tours
internationally and has been received with acclaim and admiration. Lula Washington has steadfastly
focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-
American history and culture.

What: Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Bram Goldsmith Theater
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
When: January 11 – 13, 2018
All performances begin at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Single tickets: $45 – $125 (prices subject to change)
Online –
By Phone – (310)746-4000
Box Office – Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

LWDT was founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington in the inner city area of South Los Angeles,
California. Since then, LWDT has risen to become one of the most admired African-American
contemporary dance companies in the West – known for powerful, high-energy dancing, unique
choreography, and exceptional educational residencies.  The Company is composed of young, athletic dancers, many of whom were groomed in Lula Washington’s inner city dance studio. While Lula Washington encourages her dancers to be excellent performers, she also emphasizes the importance of being leaders in their communities.

LWDT’s repertoire unveils honesty, integrity, and creativity of unparalleled power – with Lula
Washington as the main choreographer and “voice” of LWDT.  Lula Washington augments her choreography with dances by master artists Donald McKayle; Katherine Dunham; Donald Byrd (“The Color Purple”); Louis Johnson (“The Wiz”); Christopher Huggins; and local icon, Rudy Perez. The Company also performs works by talented, emerging choreographers such as Tamica Washington-Miller, Associate Director of LWDT.
LWDT has performed at such venues as Lincoln Center Out of Doors; the Joyce Theatre; the New
Jersey Performing Arts Center; Jacob’s Pillow; the Ordway Theater in Minneapolis; the Pioneer Center
in Reno, Nevada; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and at theaters in Germany, Spain,
Mexico and St. Croix, Virgin Islands. In addition to touring, LWDT dances in scores of schools each
year. Lula Washington choreographed James Cameron’s AVATAR and Disney’s The Little Mermaid

For the complete listing of all Dance @ The Wallis programs visit

About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts:
Since opening its doors in October 2013, The Wallis has produced or presented more than 150 dance,
theatre, opera, classical music and family programs to an ever-expanding audience. Under the
leadership of Artistic Director Paul Crewes and Managing Director Rachel Fine, The Wallis brings
audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the world’s most talented and
sought-after artists. Featuring eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles
and its notability as the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis offers original and revered
works from across the U.S. and around the globe.

The mission of The Wallis is to create, present and celebrate unique performing arts events and
educational programs that reflect the rich cultural diversity of our community. Nominated for 47
Ovation Awards, four L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Awards and the recipient of six architectural awards,
The Wallis is a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot venue that celebrates the classic and the modern and
was designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA of Studio Pali Fekete architects. The building features the
restored, original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves
as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater,
GRoW at The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education (a gift of Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family
and the Annenberg Foundation) and the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith
Theater. Together, these structures embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing
arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike.

The Official Sponsors of The Wallis’ 2017/18 Season include: Delta Air Lines (Official Airline Sponsor),
Montage Beverly Hills (Preferred Hotel) and Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills (Official Automotive

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LaRita Shelby
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as VP of Business Development & Special Projects at Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film. LaRita has an undergrad degree from LMU in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Media & Communications Psychology from Touro University Worldwide.




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