Dance ambassador Lula Washington heads to Middle Kingdom 2

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A U.S. consulate representative’s positive feedback of a Vladivostok performance by Lula Washington Dance Theatre — they were in Russia in November and December on a 20-city tour — resulted in a six-figure grant in support of a visit to China for the ebullient Los Angeles-based dance troupe.

The Washington-ites will visit Henan and its neighboring central Chinese provinces May 21 to June 13, 2011.

Henan is not Beijing or Shanghai. It’s “real” China.

“The founder of Sias International University in Henan saw Lula perform in Santa Monica at the Broad Stage,” says LWDT Executive Director Erwin Washington.

“He said people in his region would appreciate the unique qualities of our dance company and he vowed to get us there.”

Sias and the Cultural Ministry in Henan Province worked for three years to make the tour happen.

Thank heaven the company happened to be gigging in Vladivostok, or the State Department funding may not have come together.

Lula, you rock — all over the world!

Now let’s consider what bits of African-American culture the funky L.A. dancers can impart to the Chinese. According to this video, they already get down with MJ.



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2 thoughts on “Dance ambassador Lula Washington heads to Middle Kingdom

  1. Dear Matthews May 23,2011 3:18 am

    Hi Lula:

    By the time you read this you’ll be in China,thrilled with joy to be there to entertain a fabulous group who do deserve your beauitful performances. I don’t have the words to say just how happy I am for your bravery and success. You’ve shown me again, that anything is possible with faith, and love. I pray that you and your family enjoy your stay in China and arrive saftely back home to the USA. You are a remarkable woman, and have a remarkable team of dancers and friends. I know you ain’t tired of hearing that (smile.)
    God bless you friend

    Debra Y. Matthews

  2. Silhouettes Jan 10,2011 12:56 pm

    This sounds very interesting and very brave as well. All the best to you!

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