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Ballet with Blocks – Lincoln Jones

Ballet with Blocks – Lincoln Jones

Can a 19th century children’s toy inform modern dance? Lincoln Jones, director.choreographer of the American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles (and ), describes how he uses Froebel® blocks to boost his understanding of design.

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Born in Fullerton, California, Lincoln began dancing at the age of twenty, relatively late for that profession. Awarded scholarships to the Joffrey, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles Classical Ballet Schools, Lincoln joined the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina at age 23. He later taught ballet at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and DanceSpace, and danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

In 2011, Jones founded American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles with Theresa Farrell. He conceived a groundbreaking partnership with The Da Camera Society in MUSIC+DANCE: LA, combining Da Camera’s long experience with music and presentation with his own approach to ballet as a musical art form. In ACB’s first season, Los Angeles Magazine called Jones’ ballet Serenade in A “…a multifaceted snapshot of beautiful choreography crisply integrated with music.”

Jones’ acclaimed programming for ACB includes his presentation of Balanchine works (The New York Times recognized ACB for furthering the choreographer’s legacy on the West Coast) and reconstructions of important historical ballets. His original works (including 2016’s Adamiana) have been the subjects of several Los Angeles Times profiles and reviews, which have praised both his choreographic work and the significance of his programming.

Lincoln now hosts The Outsiders podcast (available every other Tuesday on iTunes, Spotify and elsewhere) on a range of culturally relevant topics, including a recent conversation about Froebel with Scott Bultman.

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