Best Arts Program

Founder & Artistic Director Jodie Gates

Laguna Dance Festival was awarded “Best Arts Program” by Laguna Beach Arts Alliance

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, during the 10th annual Art Stars Awards ceremony,Laguna Dance Festival was recognized for its continued artistic excellence, and for presenting Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company as a part of their 2015 festival season.  Founder and artistic director Jodie Gates accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Just as the U.S. entered a period of normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba, Orange County audiences were treated to a taste of Cuba’s rich cultural scene with performances by its hottest contemporary dance company, Malpaso. While Malpaso translates to the tongue-in-cheek name ‘misstep,’ there was no such thing in Malpaso’s smooth, athletic and passionate performances of original choreography.