Dia De Los Muertos on the Plaza

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We can hardly believe that it’s officially November!  That means we’re just about a month away from our big 50th Anniversary Celebrations, and we’re less than a week from opening night of BalletBoyz on November 7th!  It also means that today registrations opens today for our annual Holiday Ukulele Orchestra – That’s right, sign up and get ready to play all your holiday favorites on your uke!

But perhaps the main attraction of the moment is the holiday of the day – Dia De Los Muertos!  Our friends from Lore Productions have installed a series of glorious alters and pavement art on our plaza for a stunning display, perfect for the occasion.  Head over to take a look and then stroll into Grand Park for all kinds of Dia De Los Muertos festivities including face-painting, food, great bands, live dance performances and more community-made alters!

The fun starts at 3pm.  See ya there!  Oh, and Happy November LA!

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The Dream of the 90’s is alive at The Music Center

90's Night at Dance Downtown

If you were a child of the nineties, you may get sentimental when you hear the sweet sounds of TLC, or the iconic chords of Nirvana and Pearl Jam.  You may recall how you wore out your Doc Martins, never made a move without your flannel shirt, sported a mini backpack, denim vests and proudly wore overalls well after the age of 10.  (All of these fashion trends seem to have currently come back in style BTW.)  You had a walkman, rollerblades and even a secret Pog collection.

You remember when Friday’s meant TGIF night on ABC.  You often found yourself saying “Whatever” and “As If” a la Clueless.  The only reality TV you watched was Mtv’s The Real World, and you remember staying up late to watch ‘the 10 spot.’  You mastered all the moves of the decade – the running man, the roger rabbit, the dip, the carlton, the tootsie-roll, and the cabbage-patch.  Those were some good times, huh?

Well whether you lived through it or not, we’re throwing it back to the nineties this Friday night at Dance Downtown.  Starting at 6:30 and going till 10pm, join us on the plaza for free dance lessons in the best moves of the decade, amazing tunes from the time, food, drinks, prizes and fun!  #WeLoveThe90s

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!