Lula Washington is the founder and director of Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Founded with her husband, Erwin Washington, in 1980, the dance company aims to provide a creative outlet for minority dance artists in the inner city. Admired as a teacher, leader, dancer, and choreographer, Lula Washington fuses African and Afro-Haitian dance while incorporating dance styles of gospel church, classical ballet, modern, street, theatrical, and hip hop. In addition, she draws from various ideas and issues. Her work has been praised by critics for its strong political and social commentary, as well as an avant-garde composition. The company has danced in more than 150 cities in the United States and abroad, including Germany, Spain, Serbia, Mexico, Canada, China and Russia.