For several years, Washington and her troupe have ended the year with a festive Kwanzaa program, but this year the company truly is home for the holidays with the performance set in its new studio. Enjoy exuberant dancing plus live drumming, jazz bands and other celebratory contributions. The announced program includes the premiere of a new collaborative piece from Washington and Malik Sow (an alum of the National Ballet of Senegal) along with some repertoire favorites performed by Washington’s high-energy dancers. Lula Washington Dance Theater Studio, 3773 S. Crenshaw Blvd., L.A.; Fri., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 30, 7 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at door, $15 students, $10 children 5 and under; call for ticket info. (323) 292-5852 or

—Ann Haskins

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