K-Pop Prep List

K-Pop at The Music Center's Dance Downtown

This Friday’s Dance Downtown is K-Pop!  That’s right friends, I said K-POP!  The hallyu is heading to The Music Center plaza from 6:30-10pm this Friday and will feature dance moves taught by Aimee Lee Lucas, and sets by DJ Cy with all your favorite k-pop tunes.

Whether you’re big into K-Pop or new to the hallyu (which refers to the wave of Korean culture sweeping the globe) we’ve put together a quick prep-list to get you ready for the fun….

1.  Start with the music

Obviously, K-Pop wouldn’t be K-Pop without some really catchy, poppy tunes, and trust us, there are plenty to go around.  Listen to our K-Pop Playlist below to acquaint yourself with a few of the most popular songs of the moment!

2. Dress the part

One of the other things we can’t help but love with the hallyu craze is all the great fashion that comes with it!  Bright colors, snazzy sneakers, cool tees, and fun accessories are all must haves for the full K-Pop effect.  Here’s a fashion mood board to get your style wheels spinning…

K-Pop Style

 

3. Keep it fun

It’s hard not to smile when listening to K-Pop, but here’s just a reminder – Like all good pop music, this genre and dance style is all about having fun.  So when you’re taking the dance floor on Friday with your friends, don’t be afraid to drop your guard and free-style!  Pretty much anything goes, but we will have our instructor there to lead you through some of the most popular moves.  The only pre-requisite is a smile on your face!

See you at K-Pop Night!

Throwback Thursday – We ❤ 1964

Today’s Throwback Thursday is especially close to our hearts because we’re throwing it all the way back to 1964 – The year The Music Center first opened!  We’re celebrating the music of that momentous year (and it’s kind of incredible how many hits came out) this Friday at our Friday Night Sing-Along with Songs of 64 as the theme.  It’s free, it’s a lot of fun, and we will be giving out some incredible prizes too.  The fun starts at 6:30 in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater behind Walt Disney Concert Hall.

But in the meantime, we thought we’d share a short list of six things we love about 1964…

1.  The Beatles made their Ed Sullivan Show debut.

the-beatles-ed-sullivan

 

2.  Mary Poppins opened in theaters.

mary poppins movie poster

 

3.  The 1964 Cadillac Prestige… So Pretty!

1964 Cadillac Prestige-17-18

 

4.  Dorothy Chandler was on the cover of Time Magazine in December.

Dorothy Chandler on cover of timemagazine

 

5.  Hello Dolly opened on Broadway.

Hello Dolly - Carol Channing

6.  Dresses like these were in fashion!

1964-fashion-pic

Still yearning for more 64?  Well, here’s a playlist of some of our favorite songs to tide you over till our sing-along tomorrow!  Enjoy and stay groovy!

 

LA Designers and Les Nuits

We were so excited to hear that the costumes for Ballet Preljocaj’s Les Nuits were designed by Azzedine Alaïa, (a favorite of Michelle Obama, Victoria Beckham and Cher Horowitz)  that we decided to open up a fashion challenge to two up and coming local designers – Bri Seeley and Michelle Hébert.  Their mission?  Create 3 looks inspired by the A Thousand and One Nights tales on which the Les Nuits vignettes are based upon.  The looks will be on display in the lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion before each of the three performances, with the two designers on site to talk about their work and the role fashion continues to play in the dance world, whether creating looks for the stage, or for the people in the seats.

Here’s a sneak peek at the sketches each designer is working to bring to life on June 20th for opening night….

Michelle Hebert Sketches for  Ballet Preljocaj Bri Seeley Sketches for Ballet Preljocaj

Experience the looks first hand, then experience the perfect combination of contemporary movement, story-telling and fashion at Ballet Preljocaj’s performances at the Music Center June 20th-22nd.

More information and tickets on our website.

Ballet Preljocaj at The Music Center

If you missed Ballet Preljocaj the last time they were here, and their stunning production of Snow White, you won’t want to miss their return engagement at The Music Center this June.  They’re coming back with a steamy, sultry and sensual retelling of the classic Arabian tales  A Thousand and One Nights.   Here’s a little preview of what’s to come…

 

With music by Natacha AtlasSamy Bishai and 79D and costumes by couture designer Azzedine Alaïa, Les Nuits promises to be an artistic feast for the senses!

Find out more and get your tickets to Ballet Preljocaj Les Nuits (The Nights) now!

Ballet Preljocaj

THIS PROGRAM CONTAINS PARTIAL NUDITY AND THEMES OF A SEXUAL NATURE; RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES.