January 15, 2012
Compared with income levels of other artists, dancers' salaries rank near the bottom, according to reports published by the National Endowment for the Arts. The median income for full-time dancers between 2005-2009 (the most recent data available) was $27,392, but less than one-third of all dancers and choreographers fall into that category, the NEA reports. On such income, it's hard for dancers to find decent housing in a city like Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, Ashley Hoffman, Chisa Yamaguchi and Michael Butler all have roommates.
January 31, 2010
Lula Washington Dance Theatre Where: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts When: 8 p.m. Saturday Price: $24 to $48 Contact: (562) 467-8818 or www.cerritoscenter.com Also: May 15 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, July 7 with trumpeter Terence Blanchard at the Hollywood Bowl and July 24 at Grand Performances
January 31, 2010 |
"There is no gum chewing allowed anywhere inside Lula Washington Dance Theatre," a sign warns on the dance academy's front door. Dwarfed by the big-box retail stores of Crenshaw Boulevard, the unassuming low-rise shell belies its explosive contents -- dance, music, kids, creativity. Enter the House That Lula Built, headquarters for Washington's school and her touring modern dance troupe and a place where you'd better leave fooling around on the sidewalk. Washington, 59, is Los Angeles' best-known African American choreographer, a community organizer and an advocate for the arts.
February 11, 2008 |
The atmosphere was part revival meeting, part history lesson and all energy when the locally based Lula Washington Dance Theatre rattled the stage of Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Saturday. And although much of Washington's choreography can be repetitive -- frenzied climaxes build to, well, more frenzied climaxes -- her 11 dancers possess assured technique, unbridled determination and soul aplenty.
August 28, 2005 |
WITH the Southern California real estate market hotter than ever, it's no surprise that everybody wants a piece of the action, including arts organizations looking for permanent homes. But having moved into a new $1.3-million headquarters last year, the 25-year-old Lula Washington Dance Theatre has bigger plans.
March 21, 2005 |
A retrospective allows us to see recurring concerns in an artist's life. In the case of Lula Washington, who was celebrating the 25th anniversary of her Lula Washington Dance Theatre over the weekend at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., those themes were myth and ritual.