We educate, entertain and inspire by making contemporary dance accessible to all, through our performances and outreach activities.
For 21 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
About Lucy Bowen McCauley
Lucy Bowen McCauley is the artistic director, choreographer and creative energy behind Bowen McCauley Dance. Her enduring love for dance moved her to form the company in 1996. Since founding BMD, she has created over 80 works ranging from lyrical ballets to highly physical contemporary pieces set to rock music. Her repertoire offers an unconventional array of genres; her choreography demonstrates a fluent outpouring of dance blending balletic lines, quirky gestures and modern dance’s earthiness that uniquely explores the interplay between music, dance and drama. Washingtonian Magazine named her among those “who have helped transform Washington into one of the nation’s liveliest centers in performing arts.”
A dancer since childhood, McCauley’s early training at the Jordan School of Music & Dance in Indianapolis, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Traverse City, Michigan, provided her with a profound appreciation for both music and musicians that is so striking in her work. At age 18, she was offered a scholarship to the Joffrey School in New York City where she performed with the Joffrey Concert Group. She also danced with the Maryland Ballet, the Virginia State Ballet, DC Contemporary Dance Theatre and Daniel West Dancers. She was a founding member of Eric Hampton Dance.
Throughout her career, Lucy has received numerous awards and recognition for her excellence in dance. In 2011, Lucy was selected as a national leader by Dance/USA for their inaugural mentorship program. She was also recognized as an innovator by the Genetic Alliance for BMD’s local Dance for PD program, and was also appointed to the Arlington Commission for Economic Development. In October 2010 McCauley received the prestigious lifetime award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education at the 10th Annual Metro DC Dance Awards in Washington, DC. McCauley has received the Alumni Path of Inspiration Award from the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the STAR Award for Artistic Excellence from the Arlington Commission for the Arts. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington from the American Association of University Women. She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Arlington. McCauley received the 2009 James B. Hunter III Arlington Community Hero Award, which recognizes people who make an ongoing difference in the Arlington community. Also in 2009, BMD was awarded the prestigious “Nonprofit of the Year” ABBIE Award from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) selected Lucy Bowen McCauley as the winner of the 2014 Women of Vision Award in the Nonprofit category.
Over the years McCauley has taught at The George Washington University, The Washington Ballet and has been a guest teacher at ABT, the Orlando Ballet, The Kennedy Center, Georgetown University and the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza in Monterrey, Mexico. She is currently on the faculty at the Maryland Youth Ballet and Studio Body Logic. She has pioneered a unique stretch technique, Bowen McCauley Stretch, which has been featured in USA Today, Dance Teacher, and The Washington Post.
In a desire to bring the joy and beauty of dance to new audiences, McCauley has created outreach programs that touch underserved communities throughout the Metropolitan area. She enjoys teaching dance and stretch to people of all ages and she leads weekly dance classes called Dance for PD to people with Parkinson Disease and their care-partners.
McCauley is Artistic Council Chair and a Trustee for Dance/USA. She serves on the board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and on the Arlington Economic Development Commission.
For more information on booking Lucy for special speaking engagements, master classes, residencies, or guest choreography opportunities, please visit our booking page.