Founded in 1996, BMDC has energized audiences with inventive and vibrant choreography and extraordinary outreach programs – making contemporary dance accessible for communities that are diverse both economically and socially. Ranging from free family-friendly programs to ticketed concerts, BMDC’s professional company performs regularly throughout the region, showcasing its signature spirited dancers and live music. Each year, school dance programs – including after-school lessons, workshops, summer dance camps, and school shows – reach thousands of kids at more than 25 elementary and middle schools, all at no cost to students. And BMDC is the only dance company in the region to provide Dance for PD: free weekly dance classes for seniors with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. This award-winning performing arts company lifts up communities through the power of dance. You can step up too.

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


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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