The oldest of eight children, Lula grew up in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects in Watts. She enrolled in Harbor Junior College where she fell in love with modern dance after a teacher took her to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Lula switched her major from nursing to dance and applied to the UCLA dance program. She was denied admission because teachers at UCLA felt it was too late for Lula to START dance training at her point in life. She was 22, married, and a young mother. But Lula appealed her rejection and was admitted to UCLA. She went on to earn a Masters degree in dance from UCLA; and to become one of the most successful graduates of the UCLA Dance Program. Lula now heads one of the most acclaimed dance companies and schools in California. Lula won the inaugural Minerva Award, given by California First Lady Maria Shriver for women who make a significant contribution to families. She has also won the "Educator of the Year Award from the American Association of Dance on Film"; the "Woman of the Year Award" from the California State Legislature; the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Professional Artists In Schools Association" and scores of other accolades. Lula danced in the Academy Awards and the films "Funny Lady" and "Sgt. Pepper". She choreographed the "Little Mermaid Movie" and scores of dance works which have earned her a reputation as an artist with a unique choreographic voice. Her dance company has performed at major theaters around the United States, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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