Theater legend Angela Lansbury is helping to call attention to the California Dance Institute, an in-school and after-school arts education program that serves over 1400 children in public schools throughout Los Angeles (and an affiliate of Jacques D'Amboise's National Dance Institute), as it prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The five-time Tony winner is serving as the honorary chair of a special two-day event that aims to raise funds for the program, which "teaches life and learning skills through dance and music."
On Thursday June 7 (at 7 p.m.) and Friday June 8 (at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.), over 280 students from local elementary schools (Carthay Center, Eagle Rock, Robert F. Kennedy, Middleton, Plymouth, Saturn Street, and Third Street), middle schools (John Burroughs, Emerson, and Monterey Hilland), charter schools (Excel and New L.A.), magnet schools (Bravo Medical), and high schools (Eagle Rock) will perform the play 10! at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The youngsters will be joined on stage by over 30 CDI alumni, dating back as far as the class of 2001.
Then, on Friday at 8 p.m., a special benefit reception will be held to help raise funds for the program. (All donations and ticket purchases made before June 8 will be matched dollar for dollar by a CDI board member who wishes to remain anonymous.)
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CaliforniaDanceInstitute.org.