Bowen McCauley Dance Company: Imaginative Contemporary Dance

Bowen McCauley Dance Company introduces people of all ages to the joy of dance and makes contemporary dance accessible to all. Each interactive performance features 2-3 dance pieces linked through narration that highlights elements of the music and movement. Audiences compare partnered vs. solo dance, or the sound of a rock band vs. the sound of a solo violin, and consider how dancers move differently to different music – and whether the dance tells an exact story or is open to interpretation.

Bowen McCauley Dance Company (BMDC) of Arlington educates, entertains and inspires people of all ages. BMDC engages in community outreach activities through its popular K-12 school programs that incorporate elements of music, narration, and movement. The company offers interactive performances that feature five professional dancers (three women and two men) and original pieces, along with narration from the stage by Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer, Lucy Bowen McCauley.

Founded in 1996, BMDC is renowned for its corps of professional dancers and the unique and sublime choreography of Lucy Bowen McCauley. The company collaborates with world-class musicians, artists and designers. BMDC performs regionally and nationally and has presented at Festivals in such places as Jacob’s Pillow, New York City, Germany, Mexico, and China. Closer to home, the professional company performs at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, historic Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre, and Harman Theatre, and is in residence at the Maryland Youth Ballet in Silver Spring, MD. The company has collaborated with numerous dance and musical groups, including the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, The Cantate Chamber Singers, The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Ensemble, and the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra.

Artist’s website: Bowen McCauley Dance: Creating Community Through Dance

NEW! (updated) BMDC offers interactive performances featuring two or three dance pieces from its extensive repertoire. Audience participation is facilitated by narration from the stage highlighting elements of the music and movement. Comparisons are drawn between partnered and solo performances, or different musical genres – all linked to how dancers move differently based on a particular musical composition. School programs may include the following options (with other repertoire favorites available upon request):

Dancing Through the Decades (five dancers) explores the music and dance movements that shaped our culture beginning with the 1950’s Twist and culminating to the current decade with a tribute to the award-winning Broadway musical, Hamilton! The piece demonstrates a deeper learning as it relates to students’ lives, and a greater understanding of how different generations can connect through music.

Carnival of the Animals (five dancers), set to music by Saint-Saens, brings humorous poems to life through animated characters and inventive choreography. The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore teaches compassion and acceptance of others through an original composition based on a fable about a man who takes three unique creatures as pets. The piece draws strong connections between dance and language arts and is an example of how dance can be used to tell a story.

A Tribute to Hamilton features five dancers performing two of the songs from the Broadway hit musical based on the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton! The piece engages students and demonstrates the interconnections among diverse and generational populations.

Le Café Carambole (five dancers) features the music of living composer Paul Schoenfield and five precocious dancers in this comical romp through a European Café. The piece demonstrates the athleticism and beautiful classical lines of a male and female professional company.

Single $895/Back-to-Back $1245

Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.

Audience, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Children & Families, Adults

Art Forms, Dance, Music, Storytelling

Program Type, Performance, Workshop, Residency

Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, Character/SEL

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