Ep. #180 The History of Dance in L.A. with Emily Wanserski

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Words That Move Me with Dana Wilson
Ep. #180 The History of Dance in L.A. with Emily Wanserski

This week on the podcast, the incredible Emily Wanserski (@wanswonders), cultural practitioner, producer, consultant, cultural doula, and so much more, joins me to give a crash course on dance history in Los Angeles. I am so envious and admire the knowledge Emily has accumulated on dance history in her decade of living in L.A. Thank you, Emily, for the work you have cultivated in the L.A. dance ecosystem, and thank you for being a wonderful guest and friend! Please enjoy this conversation with Emily Wanserski.


Show Notes:

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Historical Mentions: 

LA Tribes/Nations:


Gabrieleño Nation

Tongva Nation

Chumash Nation

Kizh Nation


Dancers/Choreographers/Historical Figures

Lestor Horton 

Michio Itō

Doris Humphrey 

Ruth St. Denis

Ted Shawn 

Alvin Ailey 

Belly Lewitzky

Judy Garland 

Thomas Edison & Ruth St. Denis 

Fred Stone 

Busby Berkley

Fred Astaire 

Jack Cole

Ginger Rogers

Gene Kelly

Ester Williams

Julie McDonald 

Liz Lerman

Kevin Williamson



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 

La Ballet 

Joffrey Ballet 


Dancers Alliance 




USC Kaufman 


Historical Places:

7566 Melrose Ave.




Vodoo Ceremonial @ Los Angeles Olympics

Judy Garland & Lestor Horton




Hello Dolly 

Saturday Night Fever


Dirty Dancing 



Save The Last Dance

You Got Served

Step Up

Pitch Perfect


Moulin Rouge 


Emily’s Colleagues:

Ben Johnson

Alex McDowell

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