Bowen McCauley Dance

Organizational Member
Member since November 11, 2014



We educate, entertain and inspire by making contemporary dance accessible to all, through our performances and outreach activities.

“I believe that dance is for everyone, regardless of age or ability.” —Lucy Bowen McCauley

For 19 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 19 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.