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Foundation Awards Arts Grants to Schools

The Festival of Arts Foundation awarded $30,000 in grants to Laguna Beach High School to enhance visual and performing arts education, the district announced this week. The high school’s art program received a $15,000 award and supporters of its instrumental music program...

More than a Dance, Hula Invokes the Art of Communication

There is a lot more to hula dancing than grass skirts and swaying bodies, according to master hula instructor Michael Casupang, of Honolulu’s Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts, visiting Laguna this week with 23 of his advanced students. They will demonstrate just that,...

She’s Pirouetting Around Dance’s Setbacks

By Masha Goncharova, Special to the Independent  Laguna Beach High School’s new dance director, Lisa Jay, aims for a single goal this year: get the dance program back on track, and she’s doing everything she can to achieve it. With a dance show already in rehearsal, Jay is...