Category Archives: Dance

Bonus Tracks for the Weekend: I Feel Like Dancin’

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“All I want to do is lift you up right now…” SUMif

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Here’s what we think you should be listening to this week. And accidental find while reviewing several artists from our submissions, SUMif is the electro-pop moniker of Steph Wells, who traded in her acoustic guitars for midi controllers in hopes of achieve her life goals of traveling the world, making people dance.

In a previously life she spent her days writing country tunes in Nashville, TN ‘chasing love’. We already do – love her, that is, at Gia On The Move.   @stephwells

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, Headline 2016 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival

AnnouncementThe official lineup for the 46th Annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2 through Sunday Sept. 4 includes  Headliners: Seattle natives and hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and critically acclaimed Norwegian producer KYGO, among others.

More than 140 additional artists will perform throughout the weekend on more than a dozen indoor and outdoor stages spread throughout the 74 acre festival grounds, including both Memorial Stadium and KeyArena.

To celebrate Seattle’s Festival, headliner Macklemore will throw out the first pitch at Safeco Field during “Bumbershoot Night” on April 29. Fans who purchase a ticket to the Bumbershoot section at Safeco Field will receive a Mariners Bumbershoot T-shirt.

TicketsTickets are available at a special discount using promo code “BUMBERSHOOT”

Event Pass Information and Lineup

Passes for Bumbershoot go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. PT

3-Day Passes, starting at $180
Gold Passes, $400
Emerald VIP, $700

Bumbershoot 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Bumbershoot)Arts and Culture Programming Highlights

In addition to a diverse music lineup that includes 90 acts, from international headliners to emerging local artists, Bumbershoot programming includes comedy, film, dance, theatre, words and ideas, youth activities, and more.

Comedy: Ron Funches from NBC’s Undateable as Shelly will bring his comedic talents to Bumbershoot along with Comedians of Comedy alum Morgan Murphy, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and Seattle native Nick Thune.

film-iconFilm: With something for every age and taste, the 1 Reel Film Festival — curated by the Seattle International Film Festival — will serve up a selection of the year’s best short films.

dance_iconDance: Returning in 2015 after a few year hiatus, Bumbershoot’s dance programming offers a strong lineup of talent in 2016 including MaximumVELOCITY, a showcase of top contemporary choreographers and dance groups and the Northwest’s premiere breaking and street dance competition, Reign Supreme, which drew huge crowds in 2015.

Theatre-Set-Theatre-masks-iconTheatre: Curated by Theatre Puget Sound, 2016 theatre performances will include Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter, a musical that juxtaposes classic coming of age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with the music of the Carpenters and an unforgettable performance from Tattprov, which includes one member of the comedy group getting a tattoo based on a suggestion from the audience.

PoetryWords & Ideas: Words & Ideas guests include local poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexi, podcast sensation Chris Allen, Seattle’s premiere political comic (according to Seattle Weekly), Brett Hamil, and the writers of Amazon series Transparent.

YOUNGERSHOOT: Returning for its 6th year the Seattle Children’s Museum presents YOUNGERSHOOT, a place for children ages 10 and younger and their guardians to enjoy the festival together with kid-focused entertainment, hands on activities, and performances.

0002_porkshankFood: Other stand out features this year include B-Eats, a new food program created in partnership with Dan Bugge of Matt’s in The Market and Radiator Whiskey to curate a diverse mix of gourmet style cuisine from local chefs.

Seattle-based nonprofit Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDResearch) is the official non-profit partner of Bumbershoot 2016. As part of the relationship, Bumbershoot will donate a portion of each pass sold and encourage fans to donate as well, helping spread global health awareness.

Full Lineup

Musical Performances

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis // Death Cab for Cutie // KYGO // Tame Impala // G-Eazy // Pretty Lights // Halsey // DJ Snake // Porter Robinson // Zeds Dead // Bryson Tiller // Michael Franti & Spearhead // Run The Jewels // Billy Idol // ZHU // Fetty Wap // Marshmello // Father John Misty // Explosions In The Sky // Third Eye Blind // Logic // Andrew Bird // Tyler, The Creator // Melanie Martinez // Reggie Watts // Margo Price // Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals // Chevy Metal // Flatbush ZOMBiES // Maren Morris // Kamasi Washington // Jai Wolf // JoJo // Cashmere Cat // The Front Bottoms // Black Joe Lewis // The Motet // TOKiMONSTA // The Blind Boys of Alabama // St. Lucia // Hippie Sabotage // TroyBoi // Gryffin // Bob Moses // Zella Day // Atlas Genius // Bishop Briggs // Jagwar Ma // Banners // Jimi Charles Moody // Barns Courtney //The Flavr Blue // Donna Missal // Hinds // Lewis Del Mar // Joywave // Naked Giants // Manatee Commune // Shaprece // White Denim // Escondido // Lemolo // Iska Dhaaf // Radiation City // Coast Modern // Erik Blood // Rabbit Wilde // Ryan Caraveo // Secret Weapons // Grave & The Pink Slips // Chastity Belt // Dude York // Desi Valentine // Fly Moon Royalty // Stag // Low Cut High Tops // So Pitted // Strangers You Know // Treasure Fingers // Maiah Manser // Super Square // Pony Time // Snuff Redux // Lisa Prank // DoNormaal // Tracksuit Wedding // COSMOS // Zach Van Lue


Ron Funches // The Improvised Shakespeare Company // Kate Berlant // Nick Thune // Goddamn Comedy Jam // Morgan Murphy // Dan Soder // Andy Haynes // Billy Wayne Davis // Adam Ray // Tiffany Haddish // Kevin Barnes // Whitmer Thomas // Jena Friedman // Dan St. Germain // Fahim Anwar // Ashley Barnhill // Moses Storm // Rachel Walls // Seattle’s Most Wonderful // Khadija Hassan // Barbara Holm // Wilfred Padua // Queerz: We’re Hilarious // Stand-up for Yourself with Amy Miller // Natalie Holt // Levi Manis // Improv: Carskee, Jesse + Josh=Josh, CSz Seattle Presents ComedySportz, FEELINGS, The Midnight Goats

Words & Ideas

Writers of Transparent // Seattle Review of Books featuring Sherman Alexie, Robert Lashley, and EJ Koh // Seattle Files with Chris Allen // Seattle Process with Brett Hamil // Why Storytelling? Why Professional Wrestling? Why Now? // Why Tech Industry? Why Homelessness? Why Now? // Why Memes? Why Internet Dating? Why Now? With Emmett Montgomery // Hugo House Presents The Oracle // Battle of The Word Poetry Slam


Reign Supreme Breakin’ Competition // MaximumVELOCITY

Theatre (Curated by the Theatre Puget Sound)

SWING // Tattprov // DUMP: A Garbage Burlesque // Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter // Can’t Talk Right Now // Mik Kuhlman “House 30”

Visual Arts

Brent Watanabe // Seattle Experimental Animation Team // Interstitial Theatre // Seattle Center Sculpture Walk // Fine Arts Poster by Ryan Molenkamp

Additional Programming

FILM curated by Seattle International Film Festival // YOUNGERSHOOT curated by Seattle Children’s Museum


B-Eats feat. Local chefs of Matt’s In The Market, Radiator Whiskey, Garcia, New Luck Toy, Bok Bok Korean Fried Chicken, and Pike Place Fish Guys

World’s First-Ever global Performing Arts University Rankings Released

Juilliard School ranked world’s best university for studying Performing Arts


Julliard School. Photo by Paul Masck


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The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today on, features a record-breaking 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever ranking of its kind. Juilliard School has been ranked as the world’s best university for the study of Performing Arts, in what is the first ever global rankings for this subject.

The expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers informed the results, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database. This led to QS considering for inclusion 1,008 institutions offering Performing Arts-related courses, nominally ranking 974, before finally publishing the top 100.

In second place for Performing Arts is University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, from Austria. Completing the top three is the Royal College of Music from the United Kingdom.

This year’s first ever ranking features the world’s top 100 places to study Performing Arts, ranking those institutions that offer courses with a practical focus in at least one of Music, Drama, and Dance. The most-featured country in the ranking is the United States which takes 6 top-20 places, and 26 places overall. It is followed by the United Kingdom, which is home to 24 of the world’s top 100 places to study the subject. The University of Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music are also in the top five.

However, though the United Kingdom and the United States dominate, QS recognise that institutions from nations across the globe are providing a world-class education for aspirant thespians, dancers, and musicians alike. The rankings feature institutions from 27 different nations, with Finland’s Sibelius Academy finishing 7th. Also in the top-20 are representatives from Sweden (Royal College of Music in Stockholm, 11th), France (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, 12th), and Switzerland (Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, 19th).

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) continue to take the lion’s share of top places in the overall rankings, leading in 24 subjects between them. Each takes twelve leading positions.

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Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: “Though the US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings ever show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places. Nations like Austria, South Africa, Finland, Brazil, China, and Sweden can be found in the top ten of our tables. Our new top 100 for Performing Arts acknowledges academic excellence in 27 different countries, with institutions from 8 different countries in the top 20.”


The Aeroplane Is a Hell of a Ride at LOFT Ensemble

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
The Aeroplane


Wildly enthusiast and completely over-written, The Aeroplane, or How Low: An Autobiography (sort of), now playing downtown Los Angeles at LOFT Ensemble, with all of its crammed dialog, occasionally messy stage craft, and actor performances that need emotional reigning, thoroughly captures the inner machinations of a millennial mind on the verge of total implosion.

It’s a crap shoot as to whether Vince (played by Kristian Maxwell-McGeever) is going to emerge unscathed in his journey of witnessing key character-shaping events of his life, while in a self-induced alcohol and downers near-overdose, on a flight home to face his beloved grandfather’s death.  

A lot of ‘stuff’ happens in order to get to the final act, ‘payday’ in this little bit of everything soup.  When it comes, it actually turns out to be extremely moving.  

Each scene is an increasingly sinister rewind of Vince’s destructive childhood and teenaged then college aged past, guided by a psyche fabricated Al (played by Jon Tosetti), who on one hand controls the pace and action but yet, convinces a confused Vince that the entire episode is of his own making — in his head.  

Post Super Bowl Sunday night’s show, writer/director Mitch Rosander explained that there [‘were so many words in my brain, so many ideas’].  That is clear.  It was obviously difficult for Mr. Rosander to choose which parts to leave out.  A little less would be perfectly fine to serve the piece a lot more.  Most of the tamer dance transitions could be shaved entirely for a single presentation of powerfully strategic impact.  The device of the Fog character is not always clear.  And Vince’s many outbursts could be held back for a more intense arc.  Mr. Maxwell-McGeever’s character, despite all the outwardly bad behavior, is very empathetically written  especially young Vince played evenly by actor Leon Mayne.  And Maxwell-McGeever himself certainly has the range, power and skill to be directed for scopic emotion. 

What The Aeroplane does achieve, undeterred, is phenomenal risk in the writing and presentation.  Impressively so.  

Mr. Rosander has penned quite a story that on one hand, exploring isolation, fear and self-worth, is simplistic, and on the other, exercises imaginative spectacle, which, in fact, in some aspects could indeed go farther into the extreme, including in the lighting and sound design, beautifully crafted by Math Richter and Suze Campagna and Dean Hovey respectively.  

The Aeroplance

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The Aeroplane or How Low: An Autobiography (sort of)

Now Playing Until March 6th

Sundays: 7:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm

Loft Ensemble
929 E 2nd St #105
Los Angeles, CA

For tickets and information call the Box Office: (213) 680-0392 or

The Wallis to Live Stream “Architects of Change Live” Panel on Thurs., Feb. 4, 2016

Debbie Allen, Maria Shriver, Nicole Hockley, Marcus McAllister and
Bernard Parks to Participate in Violence in America Panel Conversation 

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A special live stream of Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame benefit gala performance, followed by an onstage Architects of Change Live panel conversation on violence in America hosted and presented by Maria Shriver and Allen as part of Shriver’s ongoing Architects of Change Live: The Conversation Series, aimed at opening hearts and minds to affect positive impact in the world, to be broadcasted from the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The panel will also include Nicole Hockley, Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, Marcus McAllister, National Trainer for Cure Violence, and former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Bernard Parks.

Promptly beginning on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST.  A special one-night only viewing of the live streamed performance of Freeze Frame begins at 6:30 p.m. PST, immediately followed by an onstageArchitects of Change panel discussion on violence in America. The panel discussion will be archived at and available for future viewings after the Feb. 4 livestream.

To view the live stream, register at

twitter-birdJoin the conversation on Twitter by using hashtags #FreezeFrameLA and #ArchitectsOfChange, and follow The Wallis at @TheWallisBH, Debbie Allen at @MsDebbieAllen, and Maria Shriver at @MariaShriver.

To experience Freeze Frame live at The Wallis:
Tickets for the Feb 5 – 7 public performances are available for purchase as singles starting at $39 or as a package series beginning at $117.
For complete information, visit or call 310.746.4000.

Gala Benefit tickets are available for purchase starting at $500.  All Gala proceeds to benefit the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Arts Education for the young people of the Greater Los Angeles area and America. For more information, please call 310.202.1711.

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The passion and pain of Freeze Frame will burst onto the stage in a fusion of dance, music, film and theater for four performances only on February 5 – 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Written, directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen, Freeze Frame takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride through some of LA’s toughest streets where gangs, poverty, violence, and drugs are an everyday reality. With original music by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Ricky Minor, Arturo Sandoval and Thump, Freeze Frame is a dance-driven narrative that will reframe the conversation about violence in America.



Join the 56th Annual FREE L.A. County Holiday Celebration

Your L.A. Tradition!


The Emmy® Award-winning 56th Annual L.A. County’s Seasonal Music and Dance Spectacular returns on December 24th featuring music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season during this free three-hour holiday show that is perfect for the whole family.


Watch it live on PBS SoCal and on December 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; again from 9 p.m. – midnight; and on December 25 at noon. See it free at The Music Center on December 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Highlights of Holiday Celebration favorites returning to the show include Grammy-nominated, all-female ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with “El Gallo,” a witty original song that breaks gender stereotypes; choral music ensemble Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers; Invertigo Dance Theatre, which will perform a remixed version of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies”; the 50-member choral group Colburn Children’s Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble; and Pacifico Dance Company, performing a folklorico piece from the Chihuahua region of Mexico.


  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra  will be this year’s special guests led by renowned Latin jazz pianist and arranger Oscar Hernández, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is dedicated to sharing the vibrant sounds of New York City Latinos.
  • Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers will return to the program to perform a repertoire of Negro spirituals.
  • Citrus Singers*, a 40-member voice ensemble from Citrus College, will perform Christmas carols featuring handbells.
  • Colburn Children’s Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble, a 50-member voice ensemble of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, will perform a medley of holiday songs.
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will return to the program with traditional holiday repertoire.
  • Invertigo Dance Theatre will perform a holiday piece inspired by a remixed version of the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”
  • Korean American Youth Performing Artists* will perform a celebratory Korean drum dance with 22 performers.
  • Los Angeles Young Adult Choir of GMWA (Gospel Music Workshop of America)*, a 24-member voice ensemble, will perform a gospel medley of holiday songs.
  • Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, a Grammy-nominated all-female ensemble of 12 musicians, will perform “El Gallo,” a witty original song that breaks gender stereotypes.
  • Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers*, a 38-member voice ensemble, will perform a medley of traditional holiday songs.
  • Mountainside Master Chorale will present classic holiday carols.
    MôForró* will perform a medley of holiday selections in the Brazilian forró style.
  • Mostly Kosher* will mark their first appearance in this year’s program with the Hanukkah song Ma’oz Tzur (Rock of Ages), infused with a calypso beat.
  • Pacifico Dance Company will present folklorico dance from the Chihuahua region of Mexico to the polka-infused sounds of norteño music.
  • Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers, a 45-member chorus from the Antelope Valley, will present traditional holiday repertoire.
  • Run River North*, a Korean-American indie folk-rock band, will debut on the show interpreting traditional holiday music in a folk style.
  • Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus, the largest and youngest choir on the program, is known for their “choralography” and light-hearted holiday songs.
  • San Gabriel Valley Children’s Chorus*, a 22-member voice ensemble, will debut on the Holiday Celebration performing music from Taiwan that celebrates the gathering of children during the holidays.
  • Shin Dance Company will perform a celebratory fan dance to Chinese folk music.
  • SK Kakraba Band* will perform traditional Ghanaian songs featuring SK Kakraba on the gyil, the Ghanaian xylophone.
  • * indicates groups new to the Holiday Celebration this year

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New to the show are Korean-American indie folk-rock band Run River North;MôForró, which will perform a medley of holiday songs in the style of Brazilian forró; Mostly Kosher, marking their first appearance on the program with the Hanukkah songMa’oz Tzur (Rock of Ages); and more.


Thursday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
• Entertainment on The Music Center plaza for those waiting in line begins at 12:30 p.m.
• Patrons may come and go throughout the three-hour performance.
• A live broadcast of the show airs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on PBS SoCal.
• Live streaming at
• The PBS SoCal broadcast repeats from 9 p.m. – midnight and again on December 25 at noon; and on PBS SoCal Plus on December 25 at 3 a.m., 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. and December 26 at 11 a.m.

 Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
A presentation of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission produced in association with CDK Productions
Live telecast on PBS SoCal is produced by CDK Productions

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles 90012

Information: (213) 972-3099 or

ADMISSION: FREE; no reservations or tickets to the show; first come, first seated

PARKING: FREE in The Music Center parking garage

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has sponsored this admission free show for the people of the County every December 24 since 1959. The Holiday Celebration has taken place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion since 1964. The program honors the spirit of many cultures and holiday traditions through music, song and dance.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general cultural resources.