Founded in 1996 by dancer, teacher, and choreographer Lucy Bowen McCauley, whose dual training in music and dance is the hallmark of her choreography, Bowen McCauley Dance Company is known for its live music, talented corps of dancers, and rich collaborations with outstanding designers and musicians. Through performances, workshops, and community outreach, BMDC energizes audiences with its signature style and introduces people of all ages to the joy of dance. The Company offers dance residencies, master classes, workshops, and performances to over 12,000 youth, seniors, and people with disabilities – including free weekly dance classes for people with Parkinson's Disease and their care-partners in Virginia and Maryland; a free, year-long dance residency to majority-minority students at Kenmore Middle and other DC schools; and free daytime concerts and instruction to entire Arlington public school populations. Winner of numerous honors and awards, Bowen McCauley’s work has been called “courageous and well-crafted” by the Washington Post, which also describes the group as one of the area’s “premier” dance companies. Your spirited participation is invited!

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Arlington Public Schools: Kenmore Middle School; Glebe Elementary School; Washington-Lee High School; Arlington Traditional Elementary School; Patrick Henry Elementary School; Barrett Elementary School; ; Marshall Road Elementary School ; Churchill Road Elementary School;; Brightwood Education Campus, DC; ; The Bullis School, Potomac, MD

Awards & Recognition

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's 2014 Good Neighbor Grant Award
Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women's 2014 Women of Vision Award
Virginians for the Arts 2013 Art Star Award,
Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s 2013 Board Leadership Award,
2013 Leadership Arlington Nonprofit of the Year Award,
Pola Nirenska Award for Achievement in Dance, 2012
Dance Metro/DC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education, October 2010
Arlington Chamber of Commerce ABBIE Award for Best Nonprofit of the Year, May 2009
Arlington Community Hero Award to Founding Artistic Director, Lucy Bowen McCauley, for exceptional community service, May 2009


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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Bowen McCauley Dance Company is: Less than $500k

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