Back Movements Dance Theatre is a contemporary modern dance theater founded on the campus of Georgetown University by African American women, more than 35 years ago. Women who had the passion for dance and the artistic vision to express the African American experience through dance to the Georgetown University community. The company has held steadfast to the vision of its founders. BMDT performs a mixed repertoire of modern, jazz, ballet, African, lyrical, hip hop and spiritual works with over 35 works, including several commissioned works. The organization has had the honor and privilege of working with world renowned guest artists such as Kevin Malone of Philadanco, Barbara Pouncie of Alvin Ailey, Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson (specialist in Dunham technique), Carol Foster, Adrian Vincent James, Kevin Jeff, Mr. Wiggles and Crazy Legs (hip hop originators), Assane Konte of Kankouran Dance Company and Mama Kadiatou Conte of West Africa. In 1992 BMDT was voted Outstanding Student Organization at Georgetown University. A number of its members have received the Directors’ Award from the Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts. Several past members have gone on to pursue a career in dance, music and theater. BMDT has a rich diverse heritage, ever-expanding audience and works which Georgetown and other communities have embraced. BMDT seeks members wholly devoted to displaying creative artistry and outstanding leadership. The company is a group of committed dancers who share the founders’ vision and passion for dance. Through a formal audition process, BMDT openly welcomes new talent and artists who share the BMDT vision for community, artistry and leadership.
Wade in the Water
A Change is Gonna Come
Come Go with Me
Through the Department of Performing Arts - dance program, BMDT provides master classes with legendary dance artists from around the globe. The range of offerings include
BMDT has a repertoire with over 25 works from master and emerging guest artists.
Dance Residencies have included artist from Alvin Ailey, Kankouran, Broadway legends and leading dance educators.
BMDT's fall concert season is a smaller, more intitmate performance, which is a prelude to the spring concert. The spring concert is a main stage performance featuring works by student choreographers, guest artists and their faculty director.
As a self produced company, BMDT leadership is critical to the success of the company, The company is managed by a leadership team including: student directors, a student manage executive board and a faculty director.
BMDT has a well established history of community service and outreach. The company supports several campus based programs as well as projects in the greater Washington community. BMDT has hosted or participated in annual food drives, walkathons, Georgetown University's Martin Luther King Day Celebration and Relay for Life.
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