Author Archives | Beth Megill

LACDC’s RIFT juxtaposes fantasy and reality as it delves into the human psyche

Featuring choreography by Nathan Makolandra, Genevieve Carson, and Stephanie Zaletel, RIFT included much of what I adore about LA Contemporary Dance Company. The program was varied and well-balanced while flirting with demanding themes of the human condition as mediated by the characteristic flare of LA concert dance. Overall, RIFT was well-performed, beautifully lighted, and intimately […]

Pearson Takes the Stage . . .

The title should really read: Andrew Pearson Takes The Stage in a Self Defining Coming Out Debut Few events can tempt me out of suburbia and into the city on a Tuesday night while my semester is in full swing, but seeing Andrew Pearson in his one man show, this is a blank page. a […]

Circles, Lines and Brilliant Design in New Dance Works by Kondrath and Ching

The ARC at Pasadena is one of a few performance venues in the LA region that continues to deliver excellence in LA dance. It is a community arts hub that owner John Pennington has much to be proud of as his facility is a cornerstone of local and affordable dance. This past Sunday, November 5/, […]

Powerful Start to the West Hollywood Dance Festival

Under the skillful direction of Chad Michael Hall, MULTIPLEX Dance spearheaded a six day dance festival in West Hollywood that culminated in a Gala performance on Saturday August 20, 2016. The evening of dance featured a number of contemporary modern dance works that highlighted the talented dancers’ physical strength and earthy expression. A particular highlight […]

Ezralow’s OPEN deftly balances dance as art and entertainment

With audiences becoming increasingly familiar with entertaining dance shows on television and less exposed to the esoteric art world of much concert dance, what is a choreographer to do? Daniel Ezralow addresses the delicate balance of making great dance that appeals to a broader audience in his evening length work OPEN, which was performed at […]

Jacob Jonas: Urban, Concert, Personal

Jacob Jonas The Company presented the Side Door Series last weekend at Los Angeles Ballet. This studio showing featured three works that encapsulate Jonas’ passion for making dances that are fresh, contemporary, and socially driven. The company of nine dancers (including Jonas as a performer) offers an array of dance techniques and styles that are […]

Kinection Dance Project Celebrates Community and Connection

One of the wonderful things about starting LA Dance Review is that it has gotten me out to see shows I otherwise would not have known about. The reality is that there are many choices for the LA concert dance-goer and it is easy to stay in one’s own performance circle. Since founding LA Dance […]

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre Shares the ARC Stage with Friends and Family

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre presented their annual Friends/ Family/ Dance/ Festival 2015.5 October 10th and 11th at ARC in Pasadena. The event was intimate, heartfelt, and engaging, offering the Pasadena and LA dance community another glimpse into the variety within. The show opened with a pre-professional dance group, the San Pedro Ballet. Choreographed by director […]

San Pedro Threads Dance into the Community Fabric

Dancing in the sunshine of the San Pedro Ports o’ Call Village offers a dance experience that many can enjoy. This Festival of the Arts is produced for the benefit of the community with free dance, music and art events free to passersby. The dance portion was produced by long standing dance concert producer and […]

Breaking Glass LA 2015

Breaking the glass ceiling one female choreographer at a time!

If you go to your nearest dance studio, you are apt to find the majority of the students are girls. If there are young men in the classes, there is likely just one. However, when you look at the major dance companies around the world, an inequitable portion of these concerns is being lead by […]