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This is the week that Culver City High School’s Danger Zone Dance Company presents its spring concert, Across the Universe: Without the Frost, We’re Outta Space.

 The four performances will be staged from Thursday to Saturday at the Vets Auditorium—at 7 o’clock all three evenings with a matinee on Saturday at 1..

The Danger Zone Dance Company, which temporarily was displaced from its home this year, reflects on this experience in new dances featuring styles spanning the universe — from Bollywood to ballet to hip-hop.

Tickets for all shows will be $12 for general admission, $8 for high-school students/senior citizens/faculty and $5 for ASB sticker holders/children 12 and under.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before each show, and space is limited.

Across the Universe reflects on Danger Zone’s  perseverance and dedication to dance, in the wake of the closure its longtime home, the Robert Frost Auditorium, for much-needed renovations.

The building, built in 1963 and last renovated 17 years ago, lacked a dance studio, and it had major structural problems.

The renovations sent all departments of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts that it housed scrambling for space.

Danger Zone has had an especially hard time finding dance-friendly temporary housing.

The company has had to hold classes in cafeterias, school gyms, and miscellaneous classrooms, as best summarized by Creative Director Julie Carson:

“We have sought out any room across the high school and Middle School campuses, full or empty, clean or unclean, and continued to dance,” she said.

“This year truly tested our commitment to AVPA dance, and to dance in general, and DZDC prevailed to create Across the Universe.”

The show was choreographed by advanced students, many of whom take the Text and Movement class, and AVPA dance faculty.

The pieces are interspersed with funny and sometimes thought-provoking “transitions” to present a cohesive dance-theater concert, for which AVPA Dance is known.

 

The title Across the Universe is an ode to the Beatles music that the faculty uses in their choreography and the transitional pieces. In addition, the concert will be lit by students from AVPA’s Theater Lighting Class led by professional lighting designer and AVPA alumnus Joey Guffman.

 

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