BWW Review: LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE is an Entity All its Own at The Ford Theatre

Broadway World Los Angeles Review
By Valerie-Jean Miller
June 14, 2018

Lula Washington, an L. A. native from Watts, along with her husband Erwin Washington and daughter Tamica Washington Miller, have been the incumbent founders, creators, directors and choreographers of the LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE since 1980.

They began with the goal to motivate, educate, inspire, challenge and enrich the lives of young people so they could become successful, productive and competitive citizens. Thirty years later, and now a major dance company all over the world, their appearance here in Los Angeles at The Ford Theatre was an incredible ensemble of dance works choreographed by a variety of talented artists, including Lula and Tamica, and performed by one of the most powerful, strong and exciting company of dancers on the planet.....

With MLK-themed dance, Lula Washington delivers leaps that are well-timed in so many ways

Krystal Hicks performs "Temporary Spaces" during the Lula Washington Dance Theatre program at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. (Kevin Parry / The Wallis)

Krystal Hicks performs "Temporary Spaces" during the Lula Washington Dance Theatre program at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. (Kevin Parry / The Wallis)

Los Angeles Times
Written by Laura Bleiberg

January 12, 2018

"On the same day the president of the United States allegedly spat out profanity against African and other countries, Lula Washington Dance Theatre began a three-night run here that celebrates in dance and music African peoples and their American descendants. What timing!

Lula Washington founded her multiethnic company in urban Los Angeles, but the troupe’s first concert almost 40 years ago was at Beverly Hills High School, so call the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center shows running through Saturday a homecoming.

A different program for each of the three shows is a luxury for this company — for any group, in fact. That allowed Washington to delve into her extensive repertory devoted to African American culture and history...

...And thanks, too, to Washington, for staying the course and reminding us of the joys and responsibilities we all have to make a better world. An important message to keep in mind on this MLK holiday weekend."