Inside|Outside with Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Lula Washington with men from Lula Washington Dance Theatre.

At the end of this month, we open our doors and invite in an incredible company to share their legacy and their practices with the DC dancing community. Join Lula Washington Dance Theatre for this one-time only class! Also make sure to swing by the John. F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Millenium Stage the night before where they will be performing some of their work at 6 pm. I am delighted to host these talented artists and to see what they bring with them from the West coast. Check below for more specifics about this exciting class, how to register, and to read more about the company and its founder!

Inside|Outside w/ Lula Washington Dance Theatre
February 28, 1 to 2:30 pm

This spring will see the continuation of a collaboration between John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Millenium Stage and Dance Exchange with a class with Lula Washington Dance Theatre! Sharing their work on the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Millenium Stage on Friday, February 27 at 6 pm, artists from Lula Washington Dance Theatre will bring their creative practices to share with the DC dance community through the Inside|Outside series at Dance Exchange. This one-time only class will be on Saturday, February 28, from 1 to 2:30 pm. Class is $15, and for movers 18+. Class cards can not be accepted.

Space is limited, so email to pay for and reserve your spot today! For more information about Lula Washington Dance Theatre, click here. For more information about which artists will be coming to the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Millenium Stage, click here.


Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) is a ten member contemporary modern dance company founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington. Since its beginnings in South Los Angeles, California, LWDT has risen to become one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies in the West – known for powerful and high-energy dancing; unique choreography; and exceptional educational residencies.

The oldest of eight children, Lula Washington grew up in poverty. She was too poor to take dance lessons and worked nights in hamburger stands, a skating rink and a movie theater in order to buy clothes for school. Lula did not experience modern dance until she was a nursing student at Harbor Community College in Los Angeles. There, a teacher took Lula and other classmates to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at UCLA. Lula was so mesmerized by the beauty of Ailey’s dancers that she decided to pursue dance as a career. Later, Lula applied to UCLA’s dance program and was rejected because the school said she was too old to begin a dance career at age 22, Lula appealed the decision and was admitted to UCLA. After graduation, Lula established the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Theatre, later renamed Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Since founding the dance company , Lula has gained national and international respect as a dance leader, teacher, entrepreneur and choreographer. Her choreographic style is a unique and highly theatrical blend of African, modern, ballet, and performance art. She has received numerous awards including an NEA choreography fellowship; the California Dance Educators Award of Excellence; and a Woman of the Year Award from the California State Legislature.

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Associate Artistic Director) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.