Present and Past
Lucy Bowen McCauley (choreographer)
Lucy Bowen McCauley is the Artistic Director, choreographer, and creative energy behind Bowen McCauley Dance Co (BMDC). Since founding the Company in 1996, she has created over 100 works ranging from lyrical ballets to highly physical contemporary pieces set to rock music. Her choreography explores the interplay between music, dance, and drama. In addition, her collaborations with other world-class artists and musicians have been instrumental to her creative process. BMDC celebrated its 25th and final performance at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre Sept 14th, 2021. BMDC and The Kennedy Center had a 20 year relationship and Lucy continues to teach Dance for Parkinson’s Disease there on a weekly basis.
Teaching Dance for PD since 2008, Lucy is a certified teacher in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s researched-backed Dance for PD Program. She offers many classes in the Metro DC area and also trains new teachers with David Leventhal, the Founder of Dance for PD, to help meet the needs of the ever-growing PD population.
Lucy's early training began at the Jordan School of Music & Dance in Indianapolis, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. During her career she danced with the Joffrey Concert Group, Maryland Ballet, Virginia State Ballet, DC Contemporary Dance Theatre, Daniel West Dancers and a founding member of Eric Hampton Dance. She pioneered a unique stretch technique 40 years ago, Bowen McCauley Stretch, which has been featured in USA Today, Dance Teacher, and The Washington Post. Today, she continues to teach Stretch Classes at the Maryland Youth Ballet in Silver Spring, MD and Studio Body Logic in Arlington, VA.
Lucy currently serves on the National Chamber Ensemble board, The Arlington Commission for the Arts and the Dance/USA National Leadership Council for Dance as Inaugural Chair. Past board service includes the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Economic Development Commission. She was recently honored with the 2021Arlington Community Foundation’s Spirit of Community Award. Other recognitions include the Woman of Vision Award and the prestigious Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, a Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award in Dance Education from Dance Metro DC, the Alumni Path of Inspiration Award from Interlochen, the STAR Award for Artistic Excellence from the Arlington Commission for the Arts, the Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts, and the James B. Hunter, III Arlington Community Hero Award.