The Millennium Dance Complex
The MILLENNIUM DANCE COMPLEX is a professional dance center catering
to the artistic community of the greater Los Angeles area. Many
of the classes offered are geared toward working dancers, previously
trained dancers or those who have the desire to learn to dance
in an accelerated learning environment. Others are structured
to accommodate children and adult beginners.
All classes are taught by working performers and choreographers
with extensive personal experience in the performing arts and
a willingness to bring out the best in the students.
For rehearsal and audition needs, Moro Landis Millennium offers
several fully-equipped rental spaces.
Moro Landis Millennium is conveniently located in the North Hollywood
Arts District, adjacent to all major studios and a short drive
from Hollywood. Feel free to contact us with any questions you
may have at 818.753.5081.
History of the Studio
George Moro and Ruth Landis were a couple of young dancers
in the vaudevillian era. He, a tap dancer and she a showgirl,
met while working together in a show, fell in love and married.
At this time Las Vegas was blossoming into a star-studded hot
spot, but was still not enough to have the facilities to properly
develop its shows.
and Ruth bought a building that had been a beatnik coffee shop
near the corner of Ventura and Vineland in Studio City, California
and began to construct what was to become The Moro Landis Building.
They began a production company that would reign on the Vegas
Strip, producing most of the shows there. The stars came to rehearse
at Moro Landis, the dancers were choreographed, the costumes,
tickets, sets, absolutely everything was created on the premises.
At the same time a fellow dancer friend of George's, the now legendary
"father of jazz dance" Luigi, was looking for a place to teach
regular classes in Los Angeles. George put in a large dance studio
for his friend and hence the inception of "Studio B". The site
quickly became the hub of all that was dance for stage, television
and the big screen. The dancers who were under contract at the
Warner Brothers Studio were even housed in an apartment building
across the street, at 4140 Arch Drive.
Moro's were extremely successful and became millionaires while
they raised three children in and around their dance center. A
longtime friend and ex-MGM contract actress, Dorothy Barrett,
says that each time you would meet George on the street and chat,
he would break out in a tap time step while continuing the conversation.
Former Warner Brothers contract dancer, Douglas Burnham, recalls
that things were a bit crazy there, due to the mix of artists....you
never knew who would walk in the door or what would explode.
There are only fond memories of this beloved man who truly loved
dance and dancers who made his life, family and business the Moro
Landis Studio. When he passed away in the mid-eighties the business
was tied-up and Ruth sold the building. For generations of dancers
and performers, The Moro Landis name represents memories, a piece
of history, family, success and mostly continuity, in a business
that is known for anything but.
What we become is never just the result of our own efforts, but
is built upon the foundation of those who have come before us
or supported us. We honor the memory and tradition inspired by
George Moro and Ruth Landis and feel it is important to carry
on their name into our new MILLENNIUM.