Lula Washington’s “Whispers.” (Photo courtesy of

On Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 14-15, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, from Los Angeles, Calif., will celebrate its 35th anniversary at Dance Place, located at 3225 8th Street, N.E. Founded in 1980 in inner city Los Angeles, this vibrant troupe is known for its powerful, high-energy dancing and unique choreography by its founder, Lula Washington, who blends contemporary dance with African, ballet, street dance, andKatherine Dunham technique. The Company is composed of young, athletic dancers, many of whom were groomed in Lula Washington’s dance studio. Ticket prices are $30 at the door and $25 in advance. Special discounts will be offered to Dance Place members, seniors, artists and students. For more information, call Edith Billups at 240-731-0159.