The Los Angeles Music and Art School was thrilled to welcome audiences to the Courtyard Stage last weekend for the first in-person dance show since 2019. Art of Dance showcased a dazzling array of choreographed pieces inspired by famous works of art to a sold out house on both Friday and Saturday night. The performance was an impressive display of artistry, technique and discipline, as many students continued their dance studies throughout virtual learning.
The show, conceptualized by the departments three instructors, opened with Miss Amaris Pueyes’ pre ballet class’s interpretation of Lily Greenwood’s Butterflies on Crimson with Blues. Next was Miss Joan Fricke’s Parent and Me Ballet class, who performed to Valse from Ballet Le Corsaire, inspired by Picasso’s “Jeune Fille Endormie” (1935). Mr. Arturo Gonzalez’s Jazz class switched things up and performed a piece inspired by Arrival of the Flower Ship by Vladimir Kush to Carly Rae Jepson’s “Cut to the Feeling.”
Other Ballet performances were inspired by art pieces by Pamela Phatsimo and Suzanne Jackson. The Hip Hop classes personified both “ Behind the Curtain” by Martin Watson, an optical illusion graffiti piece and “Large” by Marta Minujin.
The final piece, choreographed by Gonzalez, was a musical theater medley including songs “Battle of the Stars,””I Want You Back,””ABC,” and “The Love you Give” from Motown The Musical inspired by painting “Brass on Broadway” by Mick Williams.
The LAMusArt dance department has grown in recent years, Expanding its offerings from just classical ballet, jazz and hip hop, to exciting options like Afro Latin and Musical Theater. Nearly fifty students performed in Art of Dance, and with the performance finished, students on the growing waitlist can now join new dance classes starting this month.
We’re so proud of our little dancers!