Performing “A Fragile Strength”
Performance Date: Friday September 21st
Beth McKee Elliott, a lifelong dancer, holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) and will receive her Certificate in Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies in September of 2012. She is a certified teacher of Labanotation, a form of dance notation. She has studied, taught, performed, choreographed, and presented dance all over the United States for over 25 years, including local venues Reston Community Center Center Stage and Jack Guidone Theater in DC. Beth has performed the work of several prominent choreographers, including Washington DC area artists Helen Hayes, Alvin Mayes, and Kathy Harty Gray. She was a soloist in Shapiro and Smith’s Anytown excerpts, and danced with Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine. While at UHM, she was awarded the Carl Wolz Award for Excellence in Choreography, and was twice recognized for excellence in scholarly writing with the Edward Langhans Award. She was the founding director of the Southern Maryland Modern Dance Collective, where she was a prolific choreographer for several years. Beth currently teaches dance at Northern Virginia Community College, teaches and choreographs for Groundworks Dance Ensemble in Reston, Virginia, and directs the Beth Elliott Dance Group.
Beth Elliott Dance Group (BEDG) was founded in 1998 and is in residence at the Artory in Herndon, VA, in affiliation with Groundworks Dance Ensemble. BEDG is a multi-generational collection of dancers and artists working to bring meaningful choreography to the stage in the Northern Virginia area and beyond. BEDG work has been performed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Hawai‘i, and recently at Reston Community Center Center Stage and Jack Guidone Theater, Washington DC.