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OUR MISSION:

“To present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education.”

Equity Statement

Laguna Dance Festival values equity , diversity, and inclusion and is committed to furthering these values via each aspect of our mission to present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education. 

-As we move further into the 21st Century, we will continue to embrace a broader vision of cultural inclusion in the dance we present, including centering dance that is not born of the classical ballet of the imperial courts of Europe.

-The exquisite beauty of dance must also be relevant to our community if we are to survive as an art form and an organization. This will require a vision that is more inclusive, that is capable of acknowledging and respecting the diversity of human culture. 

– An initial step is to create equal access and opportunity for all students, and where aspiring young dancers of all colors and races feel welcomed into the art form. Participation at the educational level is critical, and providing access to a broader and economically disadvantaged population is our commitment to the future.

– We are also working to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in our internal operations to foster greater trust in how our organization is run.

Martha Graham said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”  We take this as our inspiration to leverage this amazing art form in pursuit of the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

 

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LAGUNA DANCE FESTIVAL PRESENTS PARSONS DANCE: FLOWING MOVEMENT & MUSICALITY

Los Angeles Times

Laguna Dance Festival to stage its fall performance at the Irvine Barclay

The Laguna Dance Festival is raising the, um, barre on its autumn show by staging it at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Laguna Beach, however, will remain in first position for the rest of the series’ 2019 schedule.

For the fall installment, the festival will dance 20 minutes up the road to a space that is nearly double the size of its main home at the Laguna Playhouse, where the festival has held its fall performances for the past seven years.

“It’s time to think broader about how we can impact our community with the performing art of dance,” said Jodie Gates, the festival’s director.

September’s performances include a weekend of shows and a workshop with the New York-based Parsons Dance Company and the RubberbanDance Group of Montreal. Both troupes have performed at the Barclay. Another group, to be announced later this week, will join the Sept. 27-29 performances..

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