Danger Zone at the Frost This Weekend

A CorrespondentA&E, General Art

Senior Justin Pineda rehearses dancers for “4 a.m. Wilderness” performed in the Frost audience for the Danger Zone Dance Company’s “Pushing the Envelope”

When Culver City High School’s Danger Zone Dance Company considers pushing the envelope, you can’t be certain of what they’ll come up with.

But you will this weekend – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Robert Frost Auditorium on campus.

Known for their creative dance theater work, the dance students and faculty of Culver High’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts are back to their old tricks — inventing new, lively, and imaginative dance for the Frost stage.

Now a tradition, the Danger Zone Dance “Pushing The Envelope” concert this weekend will feature dances seamlessly woven together with unique theatrical transitions, creating a singular evening of dance theater.

“Pushing The Envelope” will be performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 o’clock on Sunday at 1, in the Robert Frost Auditorium.

Admission is $12 general and $8 ASB, faculty, seniors, and children under 12. Tickets are available at the door before the concert.

“The students’ choreography is really the highlight of the evening,” explains Julie Carson, Artistic Director of Dance for the AVPA. “We have several seniors who have been working for two, three and four years on their dancemaking. Their work is unique and very exciting.”

In addition to the students, this year’s concert will feature the work of two of the dance department’s bright and shining faculty members, Becca Cousineau and Sadie Yarrington.

Becca’s work with both beginning and advanced students has become one of the highpoints of the AVPA dance concert, and Sadie Yarrington (third year dance faculty) brings new ideas, including partnering technique, that have been eagerly devoured by her students.

“Pushing The Envelope” will include two of the outstanding dances that were presented in the AVPA’s “Big Show,” an evening of art presented last December, throughout the entire Frost complex.

These impressive dances will be performed in the audience-section of the Frost, as well as the lighting booth. An evening jam-packed with original dances that are thought provoking, humorous, and poignant.

This event of energy and excitement, movement and stillness naturally pushes the envelope.

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts offers a comprehensive arts curriculum after regular school hours for students who are committed to excellence in art, film, theatre, dance, and music. Established in 1996, AVPA enjoys community support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other design, recording, and theatre companies in the area. For information about the Academy, see www.avpa.org or contact Tony Spano at 310.842.4200 ext. 6094 or Kristine Hatanaka at 310.842.4200 ext. 6001.