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Award Winning Modern Dance Company to Perform in Clovis...

One of the largest and most admired African-American dance companies in the west, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, will perform at Marshall Auditorium at 7pm on October 24 as part of the Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis.

Based in South Central Los Angeles, this ten-member dance company was founded in 1980 with a $25 loan and a dream. Lula Washington, the main choreographer and the artistic voice of the company, compliments her work with choreography by famous artists including Donald Byrd and Donald McKayle.

LWDT is known for exploring theatrical, entertaining, and energetic works that are accessible to all audiences. The evening will feature a lighthearted look at the 1960s with "Ode to the Sixties" featuring the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan and James Brown, the American Masterpiece Winner, "Songs of the Disinherited," a striking dance that explores a journey to freedom, and "We Wore the Mask," a thought-provoking piece which reveals the vivacity, soul, spirit, fire and true beauty that lies within. The company's repertory unveils honesty, integrity and directness of unparalleled power and athleticism.

The dance company is composed of young, athletic dancers, many of whom were groomed in Lula's inner city dance studio where she works with children starting as young as three years old in a program called: "I Do Dance, Not Drugs!" While Lula encourages her dancers to be excellent performers, she also instills in them to be strong teachers that are well-oriented with children and adults of the community.

While in Clovis, the company will also present a special outreach performance for 800 students in the Clovis Municipal Schools.

Tickets for the concert are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, military and students and may be purchased at the CCC Cashiers' Windows, Information Tickets and Tours located near The Drop Zone at Cannon AFB, at the door the evening of the performance (pending availability), or by calling 575-769-4035. Please call 769-4956 for more information.