During the 2012/2013 season, BMD is focused on residencies as a way to get to know the people in the communities where the company performs. We believe that residencies help us achieve our mission to make contemporary dance accessible to all by giving us the opportunity to offer classes as well as greater insight into the artistic process.
Residencies allow us the the opportunity to interact with members of a community by offering master classes, artist talks, workshops, and Dance for PD classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease. These activities are led by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Lucy Bowen McCauley, and various Company members, allowing the participants to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process and have a more memorable and meaningful experience.
Our work with pre-professional dancers at colleges and universities gives us a chance to interact with the next generation of dance artists and administrators. Lucy is committed to mentorship to make sure the future of dance is strong, and works with Dance/USA through their Institute for Leadership Training program.
BMD kicked off its 17th season with a performance and residency at Shenandoah University on October 10 and 11, 2012. The residency included a master class and questions/answer session with Lucy for the students in the dance program and a Dance for PD workshop for the Winchester area Parkinson community. Students from Shenandoah University’s music therapy program were invited to observe and participate in the Dance for PD workshop. Following a master class for dance majors, students had the opporunity to ask questions of Lucy, who spoke about her career as a professional dancer and artistic director. Learn more about our residencies.
BMD is looking forward to our residency and performance at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Ct. on November 3, 2012. Lucy will teach a master class and host a question/answer session for the students at the school with a company performance on Saturday evening. Learn more.