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      October 22, 2020

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      5151 State University Drive
      Los Angeles, California 90032

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      Los Angeles Dance Festival 2020

      Los Angeles Dance Festival
      October 2-25, 2020
      Virtual festival

      Los Angeles Dance Festival #8 October 2020

      Celebrate National Arts and Humanities month with LA Dance Festival!

      Celebrating its 8th year of bringing attention to the best contemporary dance in LA, Los Angeles Dance Festival (LADF) is partnering with the Luckman Fine Arts Complex to give the community over a month long of free programming in both showcases and classes. This year all virtual opening up the Artists of LA to the whole world.

      In 2020, we moved from Live showcases in April to online festival in October. We may be out of the studios and theaters but dance continues.

      LADF is an annual gathering place where the public can view curated programs featuring the wide range of concert dance that is produced here. LADF also offers ways for the public to participate directly with the creators who work in this vibrant art form.

      LADF features top talent in the dance scene who are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. The dancers and choreographers in LADF work in both the concert and commercial Hollywood industry. Their work is featured onstage around the world in theaters and in feature films, television shows, music videos, commercials, and concert tours.

      LADF main stage shows are October 3-25
      Link to see the shows are available through
      We are providing these shows for Free
      Classes are TBA please check the website for updates and our social media

      Partners for LADF Oct 2020
      Luckman Fine Arts Complex, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA)
      Seoul International Dance Festival in TANK, Korean Cultural Center LA, City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs.
      Produced by Brockus Project Dance. Executive Director, Deborah Brockus.

      International Exchange
      We celebrate our partnership with South Korea sharing artists with The Seoul International Dance Festival in TANK. In July 2020, LADf sent 7 works to Korea and they are sending 7 works for our October Festival. We are very pleased to have the marketing support of the Korean Cultural Center of LA working with LADF in 2020
      The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department provides some funding support.

      Link to shows can be found at

      Link to sign up for the classes goes live Oct 1st

      Stay Current
      IG: @losangelesdancefest
      FB: losangelesdancefestival

      Basic information
      LADF (Los Angeles Dance Festival) 2020
      4 weekends of classes - Free streaming each weekend + community classes all online free or low paywall
      4 shows of concert dance
      50 choreographers
      15 classes on Zoom
      Amazing artistry
      The creative talent of LA “on stage” for audiences to enjoy
      Phone for festival: 562-412-7429

      Streaming @ The Luckman
      Luckman Theatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Co-Producer for LADF 2020
      Ticket link for Free shows:
      Phone for Luckman Box Office: 323-343-6600

      Press Contact
      Deborah Brockus
      Photo and Video available upon request

      Works showing each Weekend
      Friday 6:00pm -Sunday midnight - Main Stage -same show runs all weekend
      PETER & CO, PonyBox Dance, Madison Hicks, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, Derion Loman, BrockusRED, LA Contemporary Dance Company, makedancehappen, Francesca Jandasek, Re:borN Dance Interactive, SIDFIT South Korean Artists: Yoon Sumi , Kim Youngmi

      Friday 6:00pm -Sunday midnight - Main Stage - same show runs all weekend
      Versa-Style Dance Company, CyberYOGA, Luminario Ballet, 2DANCECOLLECTIVE, Mixed eMotion Theatrix, Jana Taylor and Dancers, Ironstone Dance, cyan cian, BrockusRED, Danza Floricanto/USA, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Ken Morris Project, Seoul International Dance Festival in TANK: Kim Hyunsun, Kim Ok, Yoo Gawon

      10/16-18– same show runs
      Friday 6:00pm -Sunday midnight -Main Stage - same show runs all weekend
      Charlotte Katherine & Co., Nannette Brodie Dance Theater, Robin Bisio Films, Kybele Dance, Poets In Motion, MarieElena Martingano & Camryn Eakes, John Castagna, Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, The Dance Narrative Project, BrockusRED, SIDFIT South Korean Artists: Lee Jihee, Kim Jubin

      Friday noon -Friday midnight - FRINGE artists
      Fuse Dance Co, PSYCHOPOMP DANCE THEATER, The PGK Project, Authentic Grooves, leah hartley and drew ofthe drew, retrovibecreates, Jamie Burton Dance Collective, Tashara Gavin-Moorehead, Dharma in Motion, Errant Movement, Ruby Karen, Visionary Dance Theatre, Luke Zender, inartwebreathe

      Saturday noon – Saturday midnight - ALL South Korean guests Seoul International Dance Festival in TANK
      Yoon Sumi, Kim Youngmi , Lee Jihee, Kim Jubin, Kim Hyunsun, Kim Ok, Yoo Gawon

      Friday noon -Sunday midnight - Luckman Directors Pick

      How and Why did this festival start?
      LA Dance
      We are. We be. We do.
      We do not talk about it, We do it
      There are no obstacles, only fresh new solutions
      Existing in a dry flooded land on fire
      We Create
      Rubbing shoulders with people from all lands and levels
      We create
      And what we make is different
      Drowning in flavors of different sources
      Sprinkled with understanding that
      Damn it is hard

      Bathed in sunlight and wide, open deserts
      Beaches and soaring mountains
      Rich with world’s humanity
      We create
      Our Art makes a statement

      LA has always been ahead of the curve, or perhaps more accurately defined a new curve -- because we followed nothing. Other cities have emigrants, but possibly because our city has less history here, we seem to blend and share more- both in food, rhythm and movement.

      And try is what Los Angeles dance makers have done for a century. This is where – created mostly by women – modern dance flourished giving the world - Isadora Duncan, Ruth St Dennis, Ted Shawn, Jack Cole, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Lester Horton, Alvin Ailey, Carmen De Lavallade and Bella Lewitzky. We had the first interracial dance company under Lester Horton in the 40’s; and we always mixed concert and commercial, social and theatrical dance. The roots were here long before reality television co-opted the idea.

      The people in history who founded Concert and Commercial dance in LA had all of this behind them and we are their great, grandchildren following in their footsteps.
      Fresh is an important part of our DNA. Lacking the standard funding and rules found on the East Coast and in Europe, LA dance is forced to do things differently. A long time ago, Gene Kelly burst into films – fresh – much because of his athleticism, which is still celebrated seventy years later. Dance made in LA tends to be very athletic, very technical movement; it pulls from various styles seamlessly; emotionally, I find we move more towards light than dark; we cover expansive spaces and our work seems to take up more room, reflective of our natural vistas.

      Choreographers here teach and create for many different gigs. So we always have to stay “alert” and focused. We are nimble and work fast, and are very tough. And the landscape is booming. The dance vocabulary that will be on display at the Festival in our concert dance setting, will range from the commercial to the avant-garde, often with the space of a single performance.

      LADF was founded in partnership with Diavolo; the dance company is LADF’s neighbor and is widely known from its series of appearances on America’s Got Talent. Diavolo was the co-producer with LADF, for the first two years of the festival.

      Deborah Brockus, LADF artistic director, said “We celebrate and draw attention to the voices of SoCal artists in the LA dance community – and are about making dance accessible and affordable to all audiences. In 2012 the Diavolo Company manager Matt and I had a drink during winter break and decided to do a festival in our spaces. I had been seeing a lot of regional US dance and was beginning to understand how different we are here in Los Angeles and how unrecognized in the establishment of American dance we are out here. With the film and television culture so prominent here, we even felt unknown by our own local public. I wanted to see how that could change.”

      “There was an immediate response from the dance community here. Four months later the first LADFD – in co-production of Diavolo Dance Theatre, which is still a participant -- happened with 16 companies performing over the course of two shows. This year – featuring fifty companies over eight evenings in three venues during four weeks -- LADF has its largest, most diverse offering in our history, coming out of the LA dance industry that is constantly growing. The Festival gives its audience and its participants a true snapshot of place and time, and represents the city itself -- people from so many different ways of living, cultures, and counties make art in their voices here. There is such a bounty of dance making here that we have the luxury of rotating companies – which helps us stay fresh.”

      “This year, working again with the Luckman Theatre at Cal State LA, which is under the direction of Wendy Baker, we have arrived to a major stage at the Luckman Theater, which has welcomed dance throughout its entire history.
      Increasingly we are aware that more and more of our audience are people who have travelled here to check out the city’s dance scene taking advantage of one massive gathering under the one umbrella of LA Dance, both to watch shows, also to audition for companies, and engage with choreographers here.”

      About the founding director - Deborah Brockus

      I get crazy creative ideas while stuck on freeways. I think “Big Picture” and long term I love this city and love the dance that happens here.

      Deborah Brockus has been labeled ‘the single most important person in Southland dance,” an “impresario”, ‘ the mother superior of LA dance” and ”tireless” by the Los Angeles Times for her involvement in establishing the local dance scene as a producer, choreographer, teacher.

      Deborah Brockus has made her mark in many ways in the dance field of Southern California. She is a dancer, choreographer, showcase producer, teacher, studio owner and pre-professional school director.

      Followers of L.A.’s modern-dance scene know that, when it comes to talent Deborah Brockus is a big name, with a great company (Brockus Project Dance Company) and a keen eye for talent” City Beat. She is the artistic director of Brockus Project Dance Company founded in 1991. Her choreographic style blurs the line between modern and jazz techniques, reflecting both European influences and East and West Coast training.

      Brockus is the producer of the Los Angeles Dance Festival, and the Dance in LA showcases, which include: Spectrum (local professionals), New Perspectives (High School Invitational), Split (mixing local and out of state companies), Caught Between (multi-media) and Why We Dance Series (dialogue between artists and audiences). “Curated by Deborah Brockus, these events are unmatched in assembling some of the best dancers and choreographers from a spectrum of dance styles and an unparalleled way to catch up with the local dance
      scene” LA Weekly. The Spectrum Dance in LA series received a Lester Horton award for “Outstanding Production of a Festival or Series” in 2002 and was nominated again in 2003 for Split and in 2004 for Spectrum.

      I moved here in the 1970 as a child with my family. I have been dancing my whole life. I was put into ballet to help me walk. I graduated with two degrees from University of California, Irvine’s dance program. I am the only artist in a working class family.

      Brockus is a dance educator working at many levels. She has been choreographing on her company Brockus Project Dance Company (BPDC) since 1989; BPDC has toured the US and in France, and is a 501-c3 non-profit company, receiving funding from the LA County Arts Commission, City of LA Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council, Culver City Arts Council, City of Long Beach Arts Council, The Miller Foundation, the City of West Hollywood, CCI and individual donors.

      LADF is funded in part, by a grant from The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

      Brockus Project Dance Company events are supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council a state agency, The Miller Foundation, The City of Long Beach/Arts Council of Long Beach, The City of Culver City / Sony Pictures.

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