The Lula Elzy
New Orleans Dance Theatre
Since its founding in 1991, the award-winning Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre has produced first-rate original works that combine many facets of dance and music. These works personalize the Black Cultural Experience and create genuine social awareness in the process. The company strives to present a multi-cultural interpretation of dance and music to create innovative new works and has collaborated with many jazz musicians/composers, playwrights and vocalists. Its goal is to personalize cultural awareness and social development to create new dances and the new dancer - an artist committed to the beauty of the dance - a Messenger of the Music. LEDT members come from a diversity of cultural and dance backgrounds, and have toured the United States and Europe. The theme and form of their work is purposely non-traditional…and experience with music and all styles of dance - classical, modern, jazz, and tap.
"It's All About New Orleans"
Join 30 of our city’s finest musicians and dancers to close out the Tricentennial in high style!
On Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, beginning at 8 PM, the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre is presenting a one-night only music and dance extravaganza called “It’s All About New Orleans.”
This very special concert is an exciting celebration of the music of New Orleans, dedicated to the legacy of New Orleans’ First Lady of Jazz, Ms. Germaine Bazzle, and the Jazz Master, Mr. Ellis Marsalis, together again for the first half of the evening’s program.
The festivities will then conclude the right way – the only way – with a performance of Duke Ellington’s classic “New Orleans Suite,” which pays musical homage to such Crescent City icons as Louis Armstrong, Wellman Braud, Sidney Bechet and Mahalia Jackson. The stage for “It’s All About New Orleans” will be popping with the unmatched piano virtuosity of Ellis Marsalis, the incomparable vocal stylings of Germaine Bazzle, a swinging big band directed by Derek Douget, and the remarkable award-winning dancers of the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre. This party happens only once every 300 years and you do not want to miss it!
Lula Elzy is a distinguished choreographer, director, educator and accomplished modern dancer. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre (LEDT), which celebrated its 25thanniversary in 2016. The LEDT is one of the first African-American-led modern dance companies of New Orleans. It has consistently fostered collaborations with some of the finest and most diverse dancers, choreographers and musicians in New Orleans on the creation of original multidisciplinary works and performances. In 2017 Ms. Elzy was awarded the Big Easy Classical Arts “Lifetime Achievement Award“ in honor of her launching and sustaining one of the first African-American-led modern dance companies in the history of New Orleans.
Presently, Ms. Elzy is an artist-in-residence for The Muse Machine, a program for talented youth in the Dayton, Ohio area. She conducts workshops in school programs and serves as co-director and choreographer for The Muse Machine’s critically-acclaimed summer and fall musical productions. Ms. Elzy also serves as dance consultant for the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, Louisiana. Honors bestowed on Elzy include: 2015 Tony nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award; recipient of the Disney Channel American Teacher Award; a Kennedy Center for the Arts Artist/Teacher, and the Delta Sigma Artist Award. Presently, she is serving as artistic director for Dashiki Project Theatre’s commemoration, "50 Years of Theatre in New Orleans."She toured Europe as choreographer for PORGY AND BESS, WEST SIDE STORY and CABARET. Most recently, Ms. Elzy’s choreography can be seen in the award-winning film Mudbound.