LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE
7:30 p.m., Reynolds Hall, UCA, Conway. $23-$35.
For the first time in her illustrious career, England native Lula Washington brings her dance company to Arkansas. A latecomer to dance, Washington began training as an adult. At 22, she applied to UCLA's dance program, but was denied admission because she was deemed “too old.” Washington appealed the decision, was admitted and ultimately went on to earn a master's degree. She began to appear on stages across the country and in films like “Funny Lady” and “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In 1980, she and her husband founded the Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, which has become one of the country's most respected theaters, garnering rave reviews in just about every paper of note. On Thursday and Friday, Washington presents the world premiere of “The Nine,” a dance based on the Central High integration crisis. The repertoire also features “Songs of the Disinherited,” a dance suite that traces the black Diaspora in America. Tickets for UCA students are $10. AETN will film the Friday performance.