Author Archives | Beth Megill

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 […]

New Work from Jessica Kondrath and Guest Artists in Sharing Spaces

This Saturday Jessica Kondrath | The Movement presented an evening of dance at MiMoDa Studio. Shared Spaces was an apt name for the performance as it featured Kondrath’s Company along side guests RE|Dance Group and Reneé Murray. The studio setting provided an intimate evening of dance with an audience on two sides of the performance […]

Home Grown @ Bootleg, the 2015 Horton Awards, and new changes in the DRC

This weekend featured the second pilot run of Home Grown at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Pentacle and the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles, this weekend showcased a number of local dance groups including No)one. Art House, OdDancity, szalt, The Assembly, The Sunland Dancers and Danza Flricanto/USA. The event culminated on […]

NEDT Celebrates Character and Fantasy with Rennaissance Zombies and Apartment Living

For those who may mistake all LA contemporary dance as the same, I suggest you try out an NEDT performance! Nancy Evans Dance Theatre continues to pursue a unique blend of narrative based movement theater and modern dance aesthetics in a way that sets them apart from the rest. Last night’s performance at the Portico’s […]

Clairobscur Dance Company Presents Broad Choreographic Interests

by guest writer Jessica Kondrath Laurie Sefton’s Clairobscur Dance Company presented Memory Lapse, a performance consisting of three pieces; Werk Work, Obviam Somes, and Memory Lapse, at Diavolo Performance Space April 24th and 25th, 2015. With pieces created between the years of 2011 to present, one you can observe the development and broad interests of […]