A History with the Aman Folk Ensemble,
Part III

Michael Alexander recalls the beginnings of the Aman Folk Ensemble, which grew from its beginnings in the early 1960s at UCLA into a major company of international distinction, recognized for its exuberant, authentic recreations of a wide variety of world…

A History with the Aman Folk Ensemble,
Part II

Michael Alexander recalls the beginnings of the Aman Folk Ensemble, which grew from its beginnings in the early 1960s at UCLA into a major company of international distinction, recognized for its exuberant, authentic recreations of a wide variety of world…

A History with the Aman Folk Ensemble, Part I

Michael Alexander recalls the beginnings of the Aman Folk Ensemble, which grew from its beginnings in the early 1960s at UCLA into a major company of international distinction, recognized for its exuberant, authentic recreations of a wide variety of world…

A History of the AMAN Folk Ensemble and the AVAZ International Dance Theatre

Anthony Shay is an Associate Professor of Dance at Pomona College.  He is the founder of AMAN, which became one of the largest and most influential folk dance ensembles in America.  He writes of the early history of the Los Angeles-based group, which…

Joey Harris and Lois Ellyn in the Black Swan pas de deux. Photo by Steve Mason, from the Don Hewitt archive.

Notes on Ballet: History and Teaching in the L.A. Area

This article appears in two parts:  In Part 1, Don Hewitt writes of his life as a ballet artist/teacher in Los Angeles for more than forty years. In Part 2, he provides an extensive overview of Southern California’s many important ballet teachers, their schools…

Dance at the Music Center: A Brief History

Dance at the Music Center: A Brief History

Renae Williams is the Director of Programming  for the series Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County.  In this article, she provides a history of dance events (from 1966 to the present)…

John Martin at UCLA 1965-1970

In the formative years of Modern Dance during the late 1920′s to 1940, John Martin was the most influential dance critic in America, writing for the New York Times from 1927- 1962.  He received his By-Line in 1930 after he…

A History of Mexican Folklorico in Southern California

Choreographer, artistic director, and dance advocate Gema Sandoval writes about Folklorico in the growth of this art form from its origins and how it evolved into the present day as a central expression of Mexican American culture.  One of the…

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Dancing in L.A. 1970-2000

The gravitational pull of light, space, geography and Hollywood has long lured artists to Los Angeles. Sun, air and vista radiate endless possibility in this iconographic land of promise – yet, are also its Siren’s song. Sundays in the studio…