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LA Dance History

Before the pandemic, I had the honor of working on a history of LA dance project with Ben Johnson, which was never fully realized but planted so many seeds in my mind. I've always been a history nerd and one day I look forward to becoming a LA dance scholar. There are many already in our ecosystem including but not limited to Bonnie Oda Homsey, Sasha Anawalt, Genie Guerard, and Robbie Brosterman. In the meantime, I call myself a aggregator of dance history, starting with this page for you!


There are SO many ways to look at history, but as an entry point, I offer these lenses… via style or genre of dance, via choreographer lineage, via live performance venue(s), via neighborhood/geographic region, via movie director, via television shows, or chronologically. 

The following is not all inclusive, but rather a snapshot or starting point for you to find your first step into this world. Recognizing that there’s always more, please email me if you have anything to add or discuss!

Via Choreographer

The Roots of American Modern Dance:

Hollywood, Film, and Television: 

Via Performing Arts Venue or Studio

1931 — The Ford Theatre opens

1945 — Studio Theatre at St. Denis Building opens

1964 — The Music Center opens

1979 — Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio opens

1982 — Studio A Dance opens

1984 — Madilyn Clark Studios opens

1989 — Highways Performance Space opens

1992 – The Edge + Millennium Dance Complex open

2000 — Debbie Allen Dance Academy opens

2008 — The Broad Stage opens

2013 — The Wallis opens

...even more resources! 

Virtual Archives + Resources:

Virtual Dance History Archives, not specific to LA:

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