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Body Traffic and LA Dance Project Share The Stage For One Night Only

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This Sunday offers the unique opportunity to see some world-class dancing as two emerging companies share the stage in a possibly once in a lifetime double bill.

As they secure their places in the worldwide dance scene, hometown artists Body Traffic and LA Dance Project will both perform Sunday, June 16 at the Gindi Auditorium of the American Jewish University. The two companies are strongly committed to the growth of the Los Angeles concert dance scene.

The program includes a post-show moderated discussion with BT directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Berkett, and LADP's Benjamin Millepied, best known outside dance circles as the husband of Natalie Portman who choreographed her Oscar-winning film Black Swan.

The program will highlight global dance makers Guy Weizman & Roni Haver and Richard Siegal in the Body Traffic segment. The LA Dance Project will present a work choreographed by two of their dancers: Julia Eichten and Nathan Makolandra. All of these artists have extensive national and international performing histories and both companies are eager to introduce the local audience to these unique dance voices.

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Body Traffic, a recent recipient of a generous grant from New York City's Joyce Theater, will soon be headed to the east coast to perform at the Fire Island Dance Festival in New York and the venerable Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. Following that, it will run the second year of its summer dance training program in Maine. Their schedule continues to San Francisco and Santa Monica's Broad Stage this fall.

Millepied's LADP just returned from performances in France and will be traveling to Spoleto, Edinburgh and London over the next few months.

Sounds like a good chance to get to know the companies and the people behind them! Check out the troupes below and get tickets here.