Lineage Dance is a contemporary dance company dedicated to raising support and awareness for nonprofit organizations, as well as to making the arts accessible to audiences of all demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Lineage is known throughout the community for artistic excellence as well as giving back through dance and strives to build community through the arts – reaching across barriers of age, ethnicity and ability. One of the most important components of Lineage’s mission is to make the art of dance accessible to every age and stage of life and develop audiences that feel fully engaged in dance by offering opportunities to deepen understanding through education and participation.
Since its founding in 1999 by Hilary Thomas, the dance company has presented over 500 concerts and raised more than $100,000 for organizations such as the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Young Survivors Program, the Hope and Light Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Constance G. Zahorik Breast Center at Huntington Hospital, Young & Healthy, Five Acres and many other important health, educational, arts and social service agencies.
Lineage Dance’s repertoire is athletic, energetic and emotional, and many of the pieces tell compelling stories inspired by nonprofit partners and charitable causes. Dance works such as “Healing Blue” tells the story of seven women as they fight breast cancer and has raised funds for breast cancer-related causes nationwide, “Dancing Through the Ages” explores the power of dance at all ages and stages of life and has raised funds to provide free healthcare to uninsured children, and “The Brain in Motion” explores the human brain, and has raised funds for Alzheimer’s disease research. Lineage Dance currently presents Sundays @ 5, a series of lecture demonstration performances introducing new pieces and See the Music Dance, a series of performance events providing live, original music from some of the LA area’s top musicians in collaboration with the contemporary choreography of Hilary Thomas.
Company Website: lineagedance.org/company
Artistic Director: Hilary Thomas