Lula Washington was inspired to dance at an early age. With her inspiration, she ultimately made the decision to share the gift of dance to young people, particularly those in the lower-income areas of Los Angeles County. The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) was established in 1980 in the Crenshaw district and it will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a series of performances throughout the city. It is an accomplishment that Mrs. Washington takes great pride in. “I would like to be remembered as someone who tried to make a difference in the community,” she says.