Lula Washington Dance Theatre


A Tribute to Donald McKayle

Celebrating his life, his work, and his legacy.

3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angles, CA. 90016

Saturday July 7, 2018 – 1 PM


“The Lula Washington Dance Theatre invites the Dance Community to come and share their memories and stories of Donald McKayle as we honor his life. Attendees are encouraged to bring light and healthy refreshment to share. Contact the studio to RSVP or with any questions.” (323) 293 – 5852

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Donald McKayle – Photo: Rose Eichenbaum

Donald McKayle (July 6, 1930 – April 6, 2018) was an American modern dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and beloved colleague of many dance artists throughout the world. He was well-known for creating socially conscious concert works during the 1950s and ’60s that shone a light on what it was like being black in America. It is said that he was one of the first black men to break racial barriers through his work for the concert stage. McKayle was the first black man to both direct and choreograph major Broadway musicals, including the Tony Award-winners Raisin (1973) and Sophisticated Ladies (1981).

McKayle formed and directed his own dance company, Donald McKayle and Dancers (1951–69), and was the head of the Inner-City Repertory Dance Company from 1970 to 1974. Companies that commissioned works choreographed by McKayle included the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Theatre, and the José Limón Dance Company. He has also choreographed over 70 pieces for dance companies around the world.

For the past few decades Donald McKayle was on the faculty of the Department of Dance at University of California, Irvine.

What: Lula Washington Dance Theatre Presents A Tribute to Donald McKayle

When: July 7, 2018

What Time: 1 PM

Where: 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90016