Two Veterans of the Mills Dance Department Perform Together Again

Oakland, CA—December 1, 2017

Homeward, the 10th anniversary holiday show put on by the Sarah Bush Dance Project, will spotlight dancers Sue Li-Jue and Joan Lazarus, who first met decades ago when Li-Jue was getting her master’s in dance at Mills College and Lazarus was her thesis advisor, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The pair will be part of a multigenerational cast in a piece that focuses on family relationships and the definition of home.

The Chronicle notes that “for both dancers, Homeward is a joyful reunion of old friends. They’ve never lost contact since Mills.” The Mills Dance Department has been known for its culture of innovation since its founding in 1941, and has produced numerous successful dancers and choreographers. In this case, Li-Jue is the artistic director of Facing East Dance & Music, the modern dance company she founded in 1999, as well as a dance instructor and director of Physical Education at UC Berkeley, and Lazarus teaches at the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and was the director of the West Wave Dance Festival.

Homeward will be performed Saturday-Sunday, December 9-10, and December 16-17, at the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley.