The Dance History Project’s goal is to observe and preserve the history of dance making and performing in Southern California. The focus is on those events and artists, past and present, whose work has been important to the field of live professional dance in Southern California. It includes the contributions of dancers, companies, educators, presenters, artistic collaborators, historians, and critics. More...
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TRINA PARKS: The first choreographer I danced with, in 1956, was Olatunji Baba Tunji, in Harlem, NY. The next was Katherine Dunham 1964, to '66, ending in Paris, Fr. Tally Beatty, Geoffrey Holder, Eleo Parmare, Donald [...]
Stella Matsuda: Carol Warner,one of the original dancers from Gloria Newman Dance Theater, a beautiful, incredible, and energy filled dancer died on February 12, 2018, in Maine. RIP
Debbie Kay: is Lily Aguilar still alive? do you have any contact for her? debbie
Debbie Kay: I recently came across a large collection of 16mm color films from the 1950's which features various East LA dancers known as La Paloma Dancers, some of the people in the films include: Lily Aguilar, Odelia, [...]
Stella Matsuda: Don Bondi, my friend and dance partner for over 50 years, passed away on Aug. 8, 2017. It's a personal loss to me but to the dance community. He will be missed.
Judith Aaen: I worked with Lois Ellyn for years. So happy to read her bio and see her beautiful photos
Maria Pilar Chacón-Galtman: I'm 63 and had the honor of taking dance lessons with Corina Valdez and Lily Aguilar. Such fond memories. I also took private lessons with Miss Aguilars daughters, Rosemarie and Blanca.
Barbara: I'm 67 and danced with Lily Aguilar and her daughter from 5 to 15. It all started in the Belvedere Park Gym.