Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater
When I walk the streets of East Los Angeles, I see so much culture, so much art. Graffiti art, tagging, murals, bridges, sculptures, all communicating something different to all who see it. I see something beautiful or different and right away my imagination starts to create. Where else can you dance on the streets, on the hills or at the beach all year round. I love Los Angeles!
We produced a piece that is representative of the time we're in. From the words in the song to the images selected, the filter was pandemic—surviving and rising.
I wanted to represent the beautiful art and sounds of our East Los Angeles area. Although in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still dance. However, as artists we become more alive when dancing together and creating incredible magic. In this video, I wanted the audience to feel the isolation the solos create and the energy the duets create. Human touch and human interaction is such an important factor in our lives.
Thank you to The Music Center, Dance Resource Center and the sponsors of this project. Because of you, we have the privilege to share our thoughts, our imagination, our hearts.
About the Company
Dancer, choreographer, and educator, Albertossy Espinoza was born in Ecuador and raised in Chicago. After studying for three semesters in the dance Theatre program at Northern Illinois University, he joined the company of Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater with whom he toured nationally and internationally. His versatility across many dance genres—including modern, jazz, ballet, flamenco, musical theatre, and folklorico—has led to numerous credits in film and television, as well as collaborations with JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, LA Opera, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among others.
In 2004, Espinoza founded Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater (LAFDT), whose mission is to fuse the rich diversity of different cultures through dance. LAFDT serves as a forum for collaboration between its company members, who are trained in a broad range of skills and dance genres. Its repertoire explores a range of social issues and common human struggles around love, loss, and perseverance.
In 2008, Espinoza created the FUSION Performing Dance Academy (FPDA), a non-profit organization that offers dance and dance fitness classes to underserved children and adults in the communities of East Los Angeles and the City of Commerce. With a professional staff and a high-energy atmosphere, FPDA provides comprehensive and personalized dance training to both the recreational dancer as well as the aspiring professional.
Since 2019, Espinoza has served as the board chair for the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles where he advocates for the visibility and viability of the Los Angeles dance community.