Having helmed her own L.A.-based dance troupe for 23 years, Jamie Nichols knows firsthand the Sisyphean obstacles confronting local dance — and the Promethean efforts that produce quality work despite the perennial lack of resources. When she segued from choreography into producing dance events, Nichols found a new niche as an impresaria, garnering top-flight production resources to showcase mostly local dance companies. Last year’s Celebrate Dance won her a Lester Horton Award; several participants have returned for this year’s one-night extravaganza. Look for Jennifer Backhaus’ contemporary BackhausDance; the Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, combining West African and postmodern moves; urban salsa from Ana Maria Alvarez’s Contra-Tiempo; break dancing from Jacob “Kujo” Lyons’ Lux Aeterna; more contemporary work from Bradley Michaud’s Method Dance; aerial displays with yards and yards of red silk from Marie de la Palme’s Motion Tribe; and, out of San Francisco, contemporary ballet from Victor Kabaniaev and Dancers. Sat., March 15, 8 p.m., 2008
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.