Deborah Brockus, artistic director
.Deborah Brockus has been labeled ‘the single most important person in Southland dance” an “impresario”, ‘ the mother superior of LA dance” and ”tireless” by the Los Angles Times for her involvement in establishing the local dance scene as a producer, choreographer, teacher. “Followers of L.A.’s modern-dance scene know that, when it comes to talent Deborah Brockus is a big name, with a great company (Brockus Project Dance Company) and a keen eye for talent” City Beat.
She is the artistic director of Brockus Project Dance Company founded in 1991.The Company rebranded as BrockusRED in 2013. Her choreographic style blurs the line between modern and jazz techniques, reflecting both European influences and East and West Coast training. The Dances are high energy and emotional reflections of the humanity.
Brockus is the producer of Dance in LA showcases, which include: Los Angeles Dance Festival, Spectrum (local professionals), New Perspectives (High School Invitational), Split (mixing local and out of state companies), Caught Between (multi-media) and Why We Dance Series (dialogue between artists and audiences). “Curated by Deborah Brockus, these events are unmatched in assembling some of the best dancers and choreographers from a spectrum of dance styles and an unparalleled way to catch up with the local dance scene” LA Weekly. The Spectrum Dance in LA series received a Lester Horton award for “Outstanding Production of a Festival or Series” in 2002 and was nominated again in 2004 for Spectrum and 2003 for Split.
Brockus also produces a master classes series with artists from companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North, Limon, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Lines Contemporary Ballet, Dayton Contemporary, Graham Company, Shen Wei, and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Additionally she created the Dancer’s Workshop a two-week multi-style program at Debbie Reynolds Studio.
Brockus is the creater and director of BPStudios, a rehearsal hall for professional concert dance located in downtown LA. This studio is quickly becoming the hub concert dance needs to develop creative work and training. At BPStudios winter and summer intensives have become a staple for the local dancer to receive master training.
Ms Brockus is the founding director of Brockus Conservatory of Dance and Musical Theater. Brockus Conservatory is both a boarding arts high school and an after school program and has numerous summer programs. This school is located in Redlands and is designed to develop high school age students into the next generation of artists with excellent teachers and small classes. The program has been created to train in all styles of dance and well-rounded musical theater. Brockus Conservatory students are exposed to major visiting artists with master classes both at the school and in Los Angeles. Students have been accepted into some of the top college and summer programs in the world. Former students are working around the world in ballet, modern jazz companies and in Hollywood and on Broadway.
Brockus is the former Chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, former chair of dance at the California Conservatory of the Arts, former head of the Dance division of LAUSD’s Saturday’s Gifted and Talented Conservatory. She has been the Director of the Summer Dance program at Idyllwild. Artistic director of Brockus Project Dance Company, Director of BPstudios, intensive workshops at BPStudios, and Director of Brockus Conservatory
As both a dancer and choreographer Brockus has worked nationally and internationally on stage, in film and television. She has received awards for both her teaching and choreography. As a teacher her students have won many awards including: Princes Grace Award, Spotlight Award and the National Arts Recognition Award. Her students work in international and national modern and ballet companies, jazz companies, on Broadway and in the Hollywood industry. And they have been accepted into Julliard, NYU, Sony Purchase and many other top programs both in the USA and Europe.
She has been on the judging panel for the Fosse Scholarship Awards, Festival Under the Stars in Palm Springs, and the Imagination Celebration of OPAC. She has received awards for teaching, choreography and producing. Brockus has served on the board of the Dance Resource Center, and Jazz Dance LA Foundation where she was instrumental in helping produce shows for two seasons.
Brockus has a vision for the future of Los Angeles as the next international center for dance and continues to work tirelessly to make that vision a reality.