Artistic Director, Deborah Brockus

 

Deborah Brockus has been labeled “ the single most important person in Southland Dance”, an “impresario”, “ the mother superior of LA dance” and “indefatigable” by the Los Angeles Times for her involvement in establishing the local dance scene as a producer, choreographer, and teacher.  “Followers of LA’s modern-dance scene know that, when is comes to talent Deborah Brockus is a big name, with a great company (Brockus Project Dance Company) and a keen eye for talent” City Beat.  She is the artistic director of Brockus Project Dance Company founded in 1991.  Her choreographic style blurs the line between modern and jazz techniques, reflecting both European influences and East and West Coast training.


Brockus is the founding director of Los Angeles Dance Festival which is co-produced with Diavolo Dance at BPS. Brockus is also the producer of over 40 Dance In LA showcases, which include Spectrum (local professionals), New Perspectives (high school invitational), Split (mixing an out of town company with three local companies) and  Caught Between (multi-media) and Why We Dance Series ( a dialogue between the artists and audiences).  “Curated by Deborah Brockus, these events are unmatched in assembling some of the best dancers and choreographers from a spectrum of dance styles and an unparalleled way to catch up with the local dance scene” LA Weekly. The Spectrum Dance in LA received a Lester Horton Award for “ Outstanding Production of a Festival or Series’ in 2002 and was nominated again in 2004 for Spectrum and in 2003 for Split.


Brockus also produces a master class series with artists from companies such as  Martha Graham Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dayton Contemporary, River North, Limon, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Lines Contemporary Ballet, KCDC and the touring company of Chorus LIne.  Additionally she created the Jazz Dancer’s Workshop, a two week multi-style summer program at Debbie Reynolds Studios.


Brockus is the Artistic Director of Brockus Project Dance Company now know as Brockus:RED. The Director of BPStudios, and winter and summer intensives at BPStudios. Additionally, she is the director and CEO of Brockus Conservatory of Dance and Musical Theater, a pre-professional boarding arts high school located in Redlands. She is the former Chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Former Director of the Summer Dance Program at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Former Chair of Dance at the California Conservatory of the Arts, and former head of the Dance Division of LAUSD’s Saturday Gifted and Talented Conservatory.  Brockus has worked nationally and internationally on stage, in film, and on television as both a dancer and choreographer.  As a teacher her students have won many awards including: Princess Grace Award, Spotlight Awards, and the National Arts Recognition Award.  Her students work in international and national modern and ballet companies, jazz companies and on Broadway and in the Hollywood industry.  The have been accepted into Julliard, NYU, SUNY Purchase, Cornish, Univ of Arizona, Boston Conservatory, SMU CODARTS, LIPPA, London Contemporary, and many other top programs.


She has been on the judging panel for the Fosse Scholarship Awards in LA, Festival Under the Stars in Palm Springs and the Imagination Celebration of OPAC.  She has received awards for teaching, choreography and producing.   She was the focus of an article in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar section and has been interviewed for both Dance Magazine and Pointe Magazine.  Brockus has served on the board of the Dance Resource Center, and Jazz Dance LA Foundation where she was instrumental in helping produce shows for two seasons.


Brockus has a vision for the future of Los Angeles as the next international center for dance and continues to work tirelessly to

make that vision a reality.