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! 

Bringing Samba Back!

This Friday is Samba Night at Dance Downtown and it needs no introduction.  The moves are sexy, the music is awesome, and dancing samba is just plain fun!  If you’re coming out to join us, let us know on our Facebook Event page and also keep an eye out for some carnival-style props hitting the photo booth this Friday!

And as always, stop by the info table to enter to win some amazing prizes – A picnic basket from Artisan House LA, tickets to see Caetano Veloso at the Hollywood Bowl, and tickets to an evening with Gilberto Gil at Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

So bust out your best feathered head-dress and well see you on the dance floor!

Samba Night at Dance Downtown

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!



Strummers of Summer

It’s that time of year, where the strummers of summer come out to play…. I’m talking about Ukule-Along!  These are inexpensive sessions for any amateur uke players* who want to learn some new songs, brush up on their skills and just jam with friends at The Music Center!  And honestly, nothing sounds more like summer to us than the sweet sounds of hundreds of ukuleles in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion!  Watch our video for an inside look at the program and head over to our website to reserve your space at any of our three sessions.


* Exclusively for adult (18 years and older) amateur musicians only. Kindly bring your own ukulele and music stand.

June at The Music Center

Well, if you haven’t heard, it’s officially June and it’s officially summer.  And we are officially declaring The Music Center as THE place to be this summer.  Just take a look at our calendar and you’ll agree – There’s lots of amazing things happening this June at The Music Center!  Here’s a handy breakdown of 5 things you simply must check out this month…


Dance Camera West Festival

Dance Camera West Film Fest

In case you missed our previous post, the annual film festival celebrating dance in the motion picture medium kicks off this Friday at The Music Center, with a live performance by the LA local dance company, BODYTRAFFIC within a special commissioned structure created by LA artist  Gustavo Godoy.  Check out their site for a full schedule of all the screenings and performances.


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Dance Downtown – Argentine Tango & Line Dancing

Our Dance Downtown series continues with a bit of T-A-N-G-O on June 13th and good ole’ country line dancing on June 27th.

West Side Story Screening

West Side Story Screening in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

See the brilliant interpretation of this timeless love story at a special screening of West Side Story,  playing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on June 14th as part of LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series.  As a bonus, everyone who buys tickets to West Side Story from now to June 6th will automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets to the opening night performance of National Ballet of Canada’s Romeo and Juliet on July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Ballet Preljocaj at The Music Center

Photo by Jean-Claude Carbonne

Ballet Preljocaj at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

June 20th – 22nd, catch France’s leading contemporary dance company in their sexy new production of Les Nuits.  Plus we’ve got some extra parties, fashions and fun along the way.  Check out our website for more information and tickets for Ballet Preljocaj.

Friday Night Sing Alongs at The Music Center

Friday Night Sing-Alongs | The Detroit Sound

Another tradition of the summer, our Friday Night Sing-Alongs are back beginning June 20th and happening every other Friday in the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre (behind Walt Disney Concert Hall.)  Warm up the vocal chords and get ready to sing!



Photo Booth Fun @ Dance Downtown

For our very first Dance Downtown of the summer last friday (which also happened to be the 100th Dance Downtown ever) we added an element of fun with a make-shift photo booth using our banner and a slew of props and costumes.

Dance Downtown Photo Booth Props

The result?  Shenanigans!  Just see for yourself…

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Be sure to check out our photo booth at future Dance Downtowns, to get a free snap of your own to cherish and share!


Summer Kick Off with our 100th Dance Downtown

Dance Downtown

If you like to dance, if you love Los Angeles, and you’re looking to enjoy your Friday nights out in the warm summer air, then you’ll love our Dance Downtown series.  Every other Friday, from now till September, we’re transforming The Music Center plaza into a full on dance party – each with a different style and theme.  Show your samba skills, rock out to 90’s tunes, or go country with a little line dancing – whatever takes your fancy!  Dance Downtown’s are open to all levels, all ages, and are completely free.  So come down for beginner lessons, a full on dance session, DJ’s, live bands, prizes, photo booths, food and fun.

We’re kicking things off with a blast from the past with 60’s Night and as an added reason to do the twist, this will be the 100th Dance Downtown!  Naturally we had to put together a playlist in honor of this momentous occasion.  Recommended commute music for sure!

Here’s the full schedule of dates and dance styles for your calendaring needs…Hope to see you there!

May 16 – 100th Dance Downtown – 60s Night

May 30 – Cumbia – a special evening in Grand Park

June 13 – Argentine Tango

June 27 – Line Dance & Two-Step

July 11 – Bollywood

July 25 – K-Pop

August 8 – Samba

August 22 – 90s Night

September 5 – Disco

September 19 – Salsa