The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival
March 28-30, 2023, at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Sponsored by The Blue Ribbon, a support organization of The Music Center, the free Blue Ribbon Children's Festival began in 1970 and is an important part of The Music Center’s commitment to engage young people in the arts. Designed for fifth-grade students, the Blue Ribbon Children's Festival is one of California’s longest ongoing free arts education programs and a huge favorite among L.A.’s students and teachers.
Each year, students are invited to The Music Center to experience the performing arts by a professional dance company. Afterward, they get the chance to dance along, complemented by a targeted curriculum guide for participating students.
Featuring Dallas Black Dance Theatre
The 2023 Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival will feature Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Founded in 1976, Dallas Black Dance Theatre is a contemporary modern dance company, performing a mixed repertoire of classical, modern, jazz, African and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. DBDT is a diverse troupe of fourteen dancers that thrill, excite and leave its ever-expanding audiences asking for more. The Company’s mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities.
Discover The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival
The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival Book
Thanks to a generous gift from Blue Ribbon member Maxine Dunitz, each participating student receives a copy of My Journey Through The Music Center, a book that introduces the four theatres of The Music Center and the performing arts presented in each venue. The book also includes profiles of performers and behind-the-scenes staff, as well as vocabulary and Fun Facts.
The Blue Ribbon
The Blue Ribbon is The Music Center’s premier women’s support organization and one of its largest donors. The Blue Ribbon has enriched the lives of the greater Los Angeles community through its commitment to arts education, volunteerism and financial support for The Music Center and its resident companies.
When we speak of our vision to deepen the cultural lives of all Angelenos, we turn to the work of TMC Arts. This team champions the diverse voices and communities of Los Angeles, fostering connection, creativity and enrichment. TMC Arts programs connect people, offering us the chance to get creative and to learn as we discover something new or enjoy something familiar. Many programs are free and low-cost; they take place outdoors on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center and in Grand Park, inside The Music Center's theatres and in schools and neighborhoods all across L.A. County.