We educate, entertain and inspire by making contemporary dance accessible to all, through our performances and outreach activities.
For 23 years Bowen McCauley Dance has energized broadly diverse audiences with inventive and vibrant choreography – a fusion of contemporary and classical techniques set to a sweeping range of musical styles. Showcasing the founding Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley’s choreography, our award-winning company is renowned for its spirited dancers, use of live music, the professionalism of its dance performances and its extraordinary outreach programs for socio-economically diverse communities. Ranging from free family-friendly programs to ticketed concerts, BMD performs regularly throughout Northern Virginia and the greater DC area.
BMD’s artistic focus is on expanding its reach and impact, introducing people of all ages to the joy of dance. Over the last 20 years, BMD has continued to fulfill its mission, bringing the joy of dance to people from Virginia to New York, and as far away as China, Mexico, and Germany. Lucy has choreographed more than 85 original pieces and has collaborated with the best artists from a variety of fields. Live music not only is a strong element to the performances of BMD but is an integral part of BMD’s guiding philosophy. Through Lucy’s choreography and the musical direction of Larry Alan Smith, the fusion of live music and dance sets Bowen McCauley Dance apart from other dance companies.
Committed to sharing the joy of dance with people of all ages and ability, BMD has instituted outreach programs that, as evidenced by thoughtful feedback, have touched the lives of thousands. Bowen McCauley dance is the only dance company in the Metropolitan-DC area to provide Dance for PD, free weekly dance classes for people with Parkinson Disease and their care-takers. This program has dramatically expanded over the years now offering five classes each week throughout the region at no cost to participants.
BMD offers arts-integrated workshops and customized multi-day residencies for all grades. Over the past few years, BMD’s K-12 program has reached thousands of students through residency programs in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland schools.
BMD’s annual Move Me festival has evolved into one of its signature events during their season. Move Me is a free family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts; and featuring performances and artistic activities by local arts partners.
In 2008, Washingtonian recognized BMD as “one of the area’s best dance troupes” and Lucy as among the “top men and women who have helped transform Washington into one of the nation’s liveliest centers for the performing arts.” The Washington Post called BMD “Metro DC’s premier contemporary dance company.”
Awards and Recognitions
In August 2014, the Catalogue for Philanthropy featured BMD as one of the best small nonprofits in greater Washington, a distinction the company has consistently received since 2005.
In 2013, BMD received the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Board Leadership Award for nonprofits with budgets under $2 million
2013 Dominion Foundation Shining Star Award, which recognizes Virginia arts organizations that “best demonstrate the ability to enhance the community, contribute to the economy and build a better quality of life.”
In 2012, BMD was nominated for an ABBIE, Arlington’s Best Business Awards, in the category of “Best Performing Arts Organization.”
2009 “Nonprofit of the Year” ABBIE Award from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce