Saturday, June 30, 2012


Thursday, June 28th I attended Debbie Allen's Dance Academy (DADA) inaugural production of a new Dance Company.  As Ms. Allen stated after intermission, she never intended or wanted to do this.  I'm so glad she did, because we all now get to experience the unique style she brings to dance.


I initially became familiar with her program when I saw the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker at Christmas.  It's the Nutcracker - with soul, and soul makes you feel alive.

Last night did not disappoint.

My favorite piece was Church which is reminiscent of Alvin Ailey's Revelation.  It was beautiful; the last piece was synchronized dancing of a congregation feeling the Spirit - it was mesmerizing to watch and even though it was rehearsed it seemed natural.  When you feel the Spirit, your body is liberated in it's expression and it doesn't matter what anyone else around you thinks because it's an act of worship.  It's exuberance and praise to God.  As Maya Angelou's poem says - "Every time I feel the spirit - I'm immersed in the essence of church.  Church is where I go when I want a certain fulfillment and church is where I don't have to go because it's always with me."

There was also a solo dance performed by a male to "How Bad Do You Want It (Success)?" INSPIRATIONAL, especially when he simulates fighting for his life; watch the video.

If you're in LA, support DADA, it's worth it.  If DADA ever travels to city near you, try to catch a performance.

Dance is a testament to the beauty of the human body and what it can do.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Are you creative? Do you support the arts?


  1. I hate tthat I missed it. I wanted my daughter to do DADA but they were firm in their rule that you have to be 4 to enter the program.

    We support the arts!

  2. thanks for commenting; you missed a great show!


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