Get Ready to J.A.M. in Willowbrook

Once a month, from now through July, people of all ages are invited to move and groove to tunes from Bahia in Brazil, India, Africa and Cuba at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in Willowbrook courtesy of the Ford Theater Foundation’s Jazzed and Motivated dance sessions.

Back by popular demand, the Ford’s J.A.M. sessions will return to Willowbrook Saturday, May 18 starting at 10:30 a.m. with an all new line up of salsa music, samba beats and music to get the body moving.

“We established a great relationship with the Watts-Willowbrook community and we are so excited to be coming back again this year,” Jennifer Fukutomi, Production Coordinator of the Ford Theatre Foundation.  “Last year we partnered with the MLK Comprehensive Outpatient Center and we held eight J.A.M. sessions on the front lawn.  It was great to see the space transformed from a place where people go to get medicine to a place where people engage in art together.”

The event Saturday will begin with samba classes by Viver Brasil, an Afro-Brazilian dance company, followed by a Bollywood session on June 22 and classes from urban Latin dance theater company, CONTRA-TIEMPO on July 20.

J.A.M. Sessions have been taking place on the Ford Amphitheatre stage in Los Angeles since 2008. Thanks to a generous grant from Metabolic Studio, the program was expanded in 2012, reaching close to 10,000 Los Angles County residents. This year, thanks to the James Irvine Foundation, a private, nonprofit grant making foundation, J.A.M. Sessions will once again be available to communities throughout the county.

For more information about the Jazzed and Motivated Sessions, please visit: or call: (323) 461-3673.


[untitled_box]Jazzed & Motivated- Samba Dance Party

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Time: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m. The day starts with a health walk in Willowbrook leading to the Ted Watkins Park where from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a Resource Fair, Farmer’s Market, healthy cooking demonstrations, gift certificates for fresh produce, work-outs and three half-hour J.A.M. Sessions where participants will learn the Brazilian samba.


Jazzed & Motivated -Bollywood session                              

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Participants will discover the joyous sounds and movements that have made the films fromIndia’s cinema center,Bombay, so popular. Members of Blue13 Dance Company will teach Bollywood and Bhangra styles.


Jazzed and Motivated -Stepping & Afro-Cuban salsa session                          

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Part of the Parks After Dark Concert program.  Arrive before the concert and learn to use your entire body as a percussive instrument as you dance the night away. Using a mixture of footsteps and hand claps, CONTRA-TIEMPO dancers will lead participants through social dances set to irresistible Afro-Cuban rhythms and sounds.

Ted Watkins Memorial Park
1335 E. 103rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002