CHARLES EDMONDSON (1940-2014)
Charles began his professional career as a scholarship student at Eugene Loring’s American School of Dance in Hollywood, CA. From that beginning he went on to perform with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and the San Francisco Civic Light Opera.
A major highlight of his performing career was principal male dancer and founding member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. He also performed in the UCLA Opera Workshop with Elizabeth Ince. And was a member of Ms Ince’s Choreographers Dance Company (currently known as Choreographers Theater Ensemble).
As a teacher, he taught modern dance and ballet, at both the Stanley Holden and Roland Dupree Dance studios. He also was a dance instructor at Loyola Marymount University and The California Institute of the Arts. Charles was the dance chair for 20 years at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and taught at Carla Luna’s Dance Arts Academy.
Charles served as judge for the Music Center Spotlight Awards and received the outstanding teacher award from the California Dance Educators Association.
Adapted and added to by Don Bondi from Charles Edmondson’s memorial program