Debbie Allen’s Bringing Dance Sundays to You (Photo by Rob Latour)
Debbie Allen has been livestreaming free online dance classes via her Instagram account as well as offering classes by donation on Zoom featuring Debbie Allen Dance Academy teachers. She’s a very positive source of energy in troubled times and, in a week, she’ll be recreating the Dance Sundays vibe online for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts!
Here’s the official announcement:
(Beverly Hills, CA) – Dance Sundays, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ popular series of free dance classes geared for the entire family, goes online when acclaimed dancer/choreographer Debbie Allen leads a free livestreaming salsa class on Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1 pm – 2 pm, and subsequently available on demand.
The joyful and energizing dance class is suitable for people of all ages and all fitness levels. (No dance experience necessary.)
Debbie Allen Teaching at Dance Sundays (Photo by Rob Latour)
“Although Dance Sundays, currently in its fifth season, is traditionally presented on The Wallis’ outdoor Promenade Terrace,” says The Wallis’ Artistic Director Paul Crewes, “Debbie Allen’s streamed salsa class provides a fun and safe alternative opportunity as we all continue sheltering at home. It’s a great way to stay active with your family.”
Allen, a Wallis Board Member who created Dance Sundays, is a three-time Emmy Award-winner who has also been recognized for her vast body of work with a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, Drama Desk, Astaire and Olivier awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She served as Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center for more than 15 years.
In 2001, Allen opened the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, which is an integral part of Dance Sundays, providing its highly regarded instructors to lead the classes and supplying fundamental organizational support.
Dance Sundays at The Wallis (Photo by Rob Latour)
The Dance Sundays livestream and on-demand salsa class is available via Instagram at: instagram.com/therealdebbieallen
About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts:
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a dynamic cultural hub and community resource where local, national and international artists share their artistry with ever-expanding audiences. The campus, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA, is committed to robust and distinctive presentations and education programs curated with both creativity and social impact in mind.
Distinguished by its eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its location in the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis has produced and presented more than 275 dance, theater, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs since its doors opened in October 2013. Hailed as “au courant” (LaLa Magazine), The Wallis was lauded by Culture Vulture, which proclaims, “If you love expecting the unexpected in the performing arts, you have to love The Wallis.”
Another Dance Sundays Event at The Wallis (Photo by Rob Latour)
Its programming has been nominated for 57 Ovation Awards and seven L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Awards. The campus itself, a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot facility, celebrating the classic and the modern, has garnered six architectural awards.
Designed by acclaimed architect Zoltan E. Pali (SPF:architects), the restored building features the original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places), which serves as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and includes the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater; the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater; an inviting open-air plaza for family, community and other performances; and GRoW @ The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education, where learning opportunities for all ages and backgrounds abound.
Together, these elements embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is led by Chairman of the Board Michael Nemeroff, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Rachel Fine and Artistic Director Paul Crewes.
For more information about The Wallis, please visit: TheWallis.org
Press Release Via: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts