Bowen McCauley Dance


Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) is a contemporary dance company founded in 1996 by Lucy Bowen McCauley. Over the years this Arlington, Virginia based company has become known for presenting the finest dancers that the area has to offer in sophisticated and refined dance productions. The company has become known for the quirkiness, offbeat humor, and exuberantly uncodified movement of its founder. The company receives ongoing support from the Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division and the Arlington Arts Commission.

BMD 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 for the past 16 years. Showcasing McCauley’s choreography, this 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 D.C. 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 15 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 Mexico and Germany. The founding Artistic Director, Lucy Bowen McCauley, has choreographed more than 70 original pieces. BMD has collaborated with the best artists from a variety of fields, and has instituted outreach programs that, as evidenced by thoughtful feedback, have touched the lives of thousands. BMD holds open auditions and hires highly trained professional dancers from across the United States.

Lucy Bowen McCauleyÆs choreography has been called a skilled blending of modern danceÆs inventiveness of movement and balletÆs delight in order and style û graceful, often witty, and always thoughtful. It has been performed by, among others, DC Dance Theater, the Washington School of Ballet, Manassas Dance Company and Arlington Dance Theater. Lucy and the company are recipients of numerous grants and awards for artistic excellence. She received her early dance training in Indianapolis at the Jordan School of Music. At eighteen she moved to New York to study on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and dance for the Joffrey Concert Group. Afterward, she toured with the Maryland Ballet and the Virginia State Ballet. During her many years in New York, she studied ballet and modern dance with teachers such as David Howard, Finis Jhung, Igal Perry, Milton Myers, and Nina Wiener. She moved to the DC area in 1987 to dance for DC Contemporary Dance Theater and, later, for modern dance visionary Daniel West.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/11/2012: Bowen McCauley Dance

The company fuses contemporary and classical techniques set to a sweeping range of musical styles, featuring spirited dancers and choreography by Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley.

Video 7/19/2000: Dances for 1, 2, 3 and More

Laura Shandelmeier, Joseph Mills & Mary Buckley, Bowen-McCauley Dance, and Mim Rosen perform Dances for One, Two, Three and More.

Bowen McCauley Dance