350 Los Angeles Schoolchildren
LUCKMAN DANCE RESIDENCY
LUCKMAN DANCE RESIDENCY
LOS ANGELES - The Luckman Dance Residency program "Event of the Year" performance, Dancing to Duke Ellington, will take place Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 7:00 p.m. at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Approximately 350 Los Angeles school children that have participated in our weekly Dance Residency classes will perform in the Luckman Theatre, on the campus of Cal State L.A., along with professional artists and musicians, celebrating the music of Duke Ellington. Admission is free. Donations to the program are appreciated. Schools participating in the program include Robert F. Kennedy Elementary in East Los Angeles, Westminster Ave. Elementary in Venice and Eagle Rock Elementary in Eagle Rock.
The Luckman Dance Residency program is modeled after Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York City. This program introduces dance to public school students, exposing them to the energy, hard work and determination involved in learning dance and working toward a performance. Ultimately the process is not about dance but about life and learning skills. The Dance Residency program in Los Angeles is directed by Carole Valleskey, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. The program recently received a California Arts Council Arts in Education Demonstration Project grant.
Be sure to look for Who's Dancin' Now? on your local PBS (public television) station June 20 from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Check local listings). This film is a follow-up to the 1983 Academy Award(r)-winning documentary He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' about Jacques d'Amboise and NDI, directed by Emile Ardolino (Dirty Dancing, Sister Act, Chances Are). He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' is available through Amazon.com and MoviesUnlimited.com. Who's Dancin' Now? revisits the children from the 1983 film to find out what impact that exposure to the arts had on them, revealing just how far-reaching and enriching a single arts program - and a single artist - can be.
Also, from July 30 through August 10, NDI will hold its first West Coast Teacher Training Institute at the Luckman. Jacques d'Amboise, NDI Artistic Director Ellen Weinstein and NDI teaching staff will lead hands-on sessions with children and teacher participants from the Los Angeles area. Teachers, administrators, dancers, anyone with an interest in learning - all are invited to share in the magic of the arts under the direction of the celebrated Mr. D'Amboise.
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