La Mesa theatre marks 15th year with new approach

Spencer John Powell and Mickey Mounarath

Visionary Dance Theatre in the heart of La Mesa, an award-winning dance company and school for the performing arts is rebranding itself in celebration of its 15th anniversary and the long-standing partnership of its founders Spencer John Powell and Mickey Mounarath.

As of January, Mounarath Powell Dance will represent the new home of the Mounarath Powell Dance Theatre, Company, and Performance Space, Kidz Danz Kompany, Kidz Act Up, and Arts4Us, announced Powell in a press release. The comprehensive transformation encompasses a new name, logo, and visual identity across online and print media, and is designed to provide a warm welcome to the community to discover all that MP Dance has to offer to students, performers, and audiences alike.

“I believe the new name honors the past and makes way for a vibrant future. Mounarath Powell Dance commemorates my long-standing personal and professional partnership with Mickey Mounarath, our business director, and the lighting and technical director for our performances. I am so thankful to Mickey for helping to create a place and space for everyone in the arts and for connecting our community through the beauty, creativity, and power of dance,” said Powell, the artistic director of MP Dance. “This is our way of sharing the story of how we started with the public. Our name may have changed, but our mission to provide a nurturing platform for a diverse group of emerging, professional, and veteran artists that will allow them to find creative freedom – and to ensure access to the performing arts for talented youth and individuals who would otherwise not have the opportunity, is still going strong.”

Along with the renovated naming, Mounarath Powell Dance launched its 2024 season of classes, auditions, and performances. Classes include ballet, tap, and dance for musical theatre, among others. Auditions for the upcoming musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” start on Feb. 3, the first large performance of the year following on the heels of the end of 2023 sold out performances of “Lion King Jr.” and the “Nutcracker.”

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