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Each spring, Deborah Brockus rides herd on roughly 20 of L.A.'s best dance companies as producer of the Los Angeles Dance Festival. L.A. has a number of dance fests, but since its debut in 2012 as a joint endeavor with Brockus' neighbor Diavolo — Architecture in Motion, LADF has emerged as the insider's choice to sample a concentrated and carefully curated array of locally based troupes, especially contemporary ensembles. Inspired by the revered Jacobs' Pillow Dance Festival, the four-day LADF offers four varied programs in seven performances inside Diavolo Performance Space while Brockus' studios next door brim with classes and workshops led by the participating companies and choreographers drawn from all over metro L.A. In May, the 2017 LADF will offer the next delicious chance to taste dance that otherwise requires many miles of driving.