Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King.
Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. Alonzo King understands ballet as a science – founded on universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution – and continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.
The mission of Alonzo King LINES Ballet is to nurture artistry and the development of creative expression in dance, through collaboration, performance, and education.
Supporting visionary choreographer Alonzo King in creating works of illuminating beauty and sharing them with audiences around the world.
Cultivating the gifts of developing dancers through our education programs.
Providing 80-100 classes per week for the community at the Dance Center.
Offering engagement activities to a variety of communities, both locally and nationally.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet nurtures dynamic artistry and the development of authentic, creative expression through dance. We are dedicated to exploring the possibilities of movement from a global perspective, and to renewing – and transcending – traditional ballet.
We are unique among American ballet companies, with a celebrated choreographer who actively develops original new works with other artists from diverse disciplines and cultures. Alonzo King understands ballet as a science – founded on universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution – and continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques.
“The term LINES alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world. There is nothing that is made or formed without a line. Straight and Circle encompass all that we see. Whatever can be seen is formed by a line. In mathematics it is a straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth. Lines are in our ngerprints, the shapes of our bodies, constellations, geometry. It implies genealogical connection, progeny and spoken word. It marks the starting point and nish. It addresses direction, communication, and design. A line of thought. A boundary or eternity. A melodic line. The equator. From vibration or dot to dot it is the visible organization of what we see.” Alonzo King
We share our vision of transformative, revelatory dance through performances and outreach activities worldwide. We also cultivate the gifts of developing dancers through the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, Summer Program, the BFA Program in Dance at Dominican University of California, and the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center.