Whether you are a dancer yourself, or not, there’s nothing quite like the thrill and excitement of experiencing a live dance show. The visual and auditory involvement is always interesting, and knowledgeable or not, we can all appreciate the athleticism of the dancers involved. Some of the worlds most accomplished and innovative performers can be found in theatres around Los Angeles. So where do you go to see the best shows in town? You could begin with ballet which is often featured at Royce Hall at UCLA. The theatre showcases all manner of musical entertainment and the Los Angeles Ballet will be showcasing Swan Lake there this season. The Wallis Annenberg Centre for the performing arts is a more recent addition to the dance and theatre scene but is a worthy mention. The theatre has hosted such productions as Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame and Spring Awakening that went on to Broadway.
It is also hosting Jacob Jonas The Company for a more contemporary dance experience. The Hollywood Bowl is an iconic landmark in Los Angeles and perhaps best known for its open air musical concerts featuring some of the world’s greatest musicians. However, it is also home to other theatrical performances and hosts dance productions on occasion, such as the combined talents of Ate 9 Dance Company, Body Traffic and L.A Dance Project. So, keep an eye on the Bowl for any upcoming dance events. The Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theatre can be found at the back of the more well-known Walt Disney concert Hall complex. This space has become synonymous with Avant-garde performances in music, theatre and dance and with a 3000 square-foot gallery featuring wonderful exhibits it is definitely a location worth visiting for a compelling theatrical experience.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is another well-established location that offers a variety of music and theatre. The collaboration between different mediums can be experienced as showcased in a recent production of Orpheus and Eurydice featuring the Joffrey and Hamburg Ballet companies and the LA Opera and Lyric opera of Chicago. This type of hybrid production is a classic example of some of the wonderful dance available on the Los Angeles scene. Also, a familiar landmark is the Hollywood Palladium, an older but thriving establishment featuring all kinds of exciting productions. For a lively, family-friendly event you could check out their production of Just Dance Live. At the opposite end of the spectrum why not check out the interestingly named Bootleg Theatre which is the opposite of traditional and conventional having been converted into a theatre from a 1930s warehouse.
The theatre, probably one of the most noteworthy small venues in town, hosts all manner of performances ranging from indie rock bands and local talent to theatre, film and of course dance. So, if you enjoy visiting the less obvious venues and certainly ones with a visual twist the Bootleg Theatre will fit the bill. Finally, the Fox Performing Arts Centre, built in 1929 is a wonderful, colonial styled venue offering some fabulous performances across the performing arts. Having undergone major renovation, it has become a truly exceptional facility and home to some exciting shows, such as Stomp, a world-renowned show unlike any other, ballet, Broadway musicals and even Dancing with the Stars. Something for everyone here at this venue and all the ones mentioned. These are just a few suggestions, but LA is packed with exciting venues to experience dance, so check it out!