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Dancing fifth-graders take over Music Center at Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival

April 6, 2011 |  8:45 am

You’d think that 3,000 fifth-graders descending on the Music Center with their dancing shoes on would be a recipe for chaos. But you’d be wrong. It happens annually during the Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, and after 41 years, the Music Center staff and volunteers and the region's fifth-grade teachers have handling this massive investment in exposing L.A. County’s young to the performing arts down to a science.

The festival began Tuesday and continues through Thursday.

By the end, more than 18,000 10- and 11-year-olds likely will have seen an acrobatic performance by the L.A.-based Diavolo dance company inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, then show off on the plaza outside with some related (but far more grounded) moves they've been studying.

Read more about how Tuesday’s opening morning went: "Blue Ribbon Children's Festival keeps kids in step."


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Photo: Fifth-graders dance on the Music Center plaza during Tuesday's Blue Ribbon Children's Festival. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times