BYODM : We asked, and you Brought It!

BYODM June 12 2015

BYODM stands for “bring your own dance moves” and on June 12th that’s precisely what Los Angeles did!  Part of our Summer @ The Music Center Friday night series of free activities, BYODM alternates with our tried & true series of free dance lessons on the plaza, Dance Downtown, and features headlining DJ’s like Peanut Butter Wolf, Egyptian Lover, Adrian Younge, Garth Trinidad,  and Heidi Lawden… just to name a few.

The evening is a simple combination of good tunes, good food, good friends, summer nights and sweet dance moves!  We also have teamed up with SPiN Standard to offer ping-pong tables for any of you who fancy a game or two!   The result is something everyone can enjoy, from the best breakers to the most modest of movers… It’s just about having a good time with your friends in DTLA!   Just have a look at all the amazing photos from the last BYODM night….

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Our next BYODM is this Friday, June 26th, so put it in your calendars and plan to meet us on the plaza from 7-11pm!  Remember to take advantage of our Destination Discount if you’re planning on taking the Metro (highly recommended!)  And to be sure you have enough sustenance for a full evening on getting your boogie on, stop by Grand Central Market on your way over and stock up on a few of our favorite eats like Belcampo Meat Co, Ana Maria, or  DTLA Cheese.

See ya this Friday! 

Mother’s Day at The Music Center!

Make a day at The Music Center the perfect gift for mom! Depending on what she’s into- we’ve got her day covered!


Is classical music her thing? If she can’t get enough of Gustavo Dudamel’s flailing curls as he conducts the LA Phil, then you’re in luck. With Dudamel, Bronfman & Brahms, let her swoon to the sweet tunes of Brahms with the enormous personality of Yefim Bronfman on the piano.


The Colburn School is offering free tickets for mothers (with code “mom”) for their Colburn Dance Academy Year-end Performance at the Ramon C. Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts Concert Hall on Grand Avenue. BONUS: Make it a gift that keeps on giving by getting her tickets to come back next week and see Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza at the Ahmanson.


Got little ones? If nothing make mom happier than seeing her babes smile, REDCAT continues it’s International Children’s Film Festival which is jam packed with delightful visual treats for all ages on Sunday afternoon.


Is mom more a theater person? If the kids are all grown and she can relate all to well to the TV show “Modern Family,” then maybe you should indulge her in Immediate Family playing at the Mark Taper Forum, and directed by Phylicia Rashad (AKA Claire Huxtable, arguably TV’s best mom!). Two showtimes on Sunday!


Does mom have a palate for the finer things? Consider making a brunch reservation with Patina where everyone can enjoy a special Mother’s Day Three-Course Prix-Fixe menu. There’s even a children’s price!MothersDay-Patina

CDA Salon with Jenifer Ringer & James Fayette

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As the founding supporter of our dance series –  Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center – members of Center Dance Arts play a key role in helping The Music Center with our ongoing mission to highlight, support and bring the best in dance to our stages and to Los Angeles.  Lead by board president, Catharine Soros, CDA has raised $6 million to support The Music Center’s dance programming and educational initiatives, and remains one of the leading and dedicated advocates of dance in Los Angeles.

In 2012, CDA served as the lead support for The Music Center’s commission of the world premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, garnering international recognition.  And this past December, they sponsored the commission of a new work choreographed by Justin Peck, which was performed by L.A. Dance Project at our 50th Anniversary Spectacular to music presented in a simulcast performance by the LA Phil.

In short, they’re awesome.

What’s more, CDA members enjoy access to all kinds of behind the scenes special events, rehearsals and salons with dancers, choreographers and artistic leadership, offering an even more enriching and intimate view into the artistic processes, challenges, and inspirations of many the best dance artists on the planet.

Such an event took place just last month as members gathered for a intimate conversation with two of ballet’s brightest luminaries – Jenifer Ringer & James Fayette.  Both former principal dancers with the New York City Ballet, this husband and wife team serve as Director and Associate Director of The Colburn Dance Academy (located just across the street from The Music Center.)

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CDA members got the inside scoop on growing up attending the prestigious School of American Ballet, the perks and pitfalls of being a ballet dancer, Ringer and Fayette’s positive take on dance in LA and the goals of The Colburn Dance Academy.  It was a fascinating discussion!

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Then to round out the evening, Ringer even taught our members (and a few of their kids) the gorgeous opening sequence of George Balanchine’s Serenade (and I think it goes without saying, they nailed it!)

Here’s a short glimpse of the discussion and dancing….

Next month, CDA members will have the opportunity to attend another exclusive event celebrating the career of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer (and total ballet star) Paloma Herrera, before she retires from ABT this June.

Learn more about Center Dance Arts and how you can join by visiting our website.

The Artizen Lab Challenge

There’s always something happening here at The Music Center and lately we’ve been cooking up some pretty cool new projects.  Most recently, we launched a new online challenge called Artizen Lab that’s all about ideas and strengthening our Los Angeles community through the arts.   Because after all, the best solutions always start with a creative idea and we want to bring yours to life!

We teamed up with the County of Los Angeles Public Library to challenge you to Cite Your Source and tell your LA story through art.  Submit your idea for how you would bring about a sense of community to the lab between now and February 20th.  Then a panel of judges will narrow the submissions down to the top ideas.  After that, we’re letting the world vote on which of those top ideas they would want to see realized and the ones with the most votes will be produced at Artizen Day.  Pretty cool huh?

Anyone can be an Artizen and all ideas are welcome.  But to get the ball rolling and the creative juices flowing, we teamed up with our friends at GOOD  and GOODcorps to host an evening of workshops, networking and fun.  We called it an Idea Jam and it was both jammin’ and brimming with creative ideas!  Here’s a little visual recap of how things went down…

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Over the next couple weeks, there will be more Idea Jams at several county library locations to help you continue to brainstorm ideas to submit to the challenge.  Check out our Artizen Lab website for all details, dates, as well as how to register and submit your own brilliant idea!

Music from the Motor City

Motown, The Stooges, KISS and The White Stripes – There’s no denying that there has been some incredible music from the Motor City over the years!  This year we’re going to celebrate it with our 1st Friday Night Sing Along event of the summer – The Detroit Sound.

Friday Night Sing-Along

Gather your favorite, musically-inclined friends and meet us at the W.M. Keck Amphitheater behind Walt Disney Concert Hall, this Friday, June 20th from 6:30-8pm.   Then be ready to sing along to all the Detroit hits like Superstition and Mustang Sally!  The event is free and open to all ages, but space is limited, so get here early if you want a good spot.

And because Friday still feels like a ways away, here’s a playlist of tunes to get you in the mood….Enjoy!



You’re Invited: Ballet Preljocaj Pre-Party at the Ace Hotel

Well, the big week has finally arrived.  The week we welcome cutting-edge contemporary dance company Ballet Preljocaj back to The Music Center.  They made a splash in 2012 with their rendition of Snow White and now they’re back with the North American premiere of Les Nuits (The Nights) – A sensual interpretation of the A Thousand and One Nights stories.

We can hardly wait for the performances, but we’ve partnered with the new Ace Hotel in downtown LA to cook up a little something to tide us over till opening night this Friday.  We’re talking about a pre-performance party (oh yeah) and everyone’s invited!

Grab a drink and take in the beautiful skyline of our glorious city, while you gab it up with cast and crew from the show.  Groove to a set from Dublab’s DJ Frosty as he mixes tunes from Les Nuits and score a sweet deal on tickets if you’re still in need of seats for the show.  It all kicks off this Wednesday from 5-8pm on the roof at the new Ace at 9th and Broadway.

See you there!