OUR ROOTS

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Back Movements Dance Theatre is a contemporary modern dance  theater which was founded on the campus of Georgetown University by African American women 35 years ago who had both a 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.

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Who we are:

Meet Our Artistic Director

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Artistic Director

Professor Alfreda Davis

Alfreda serves the Georgetown community as a member of the Dance Faculty in the Department of Performing Arts. During her first year, Alfreda was awarded Outstanding Faculty Advisor. She served as Chair of Georgetown University’s Dance Council. Under her leadership, BMDT has received multiple awards for diversity, artistic development  and arts management. Alfreda launched the first dance intensive and master artist series featuring national and international artists.  She introduced the dance program's In Studio Presentations (ISP) in 2007. She led a collaborative master class with multi Grammy artist Bobby McFerrin while he was in residency and served as one of the choreographers for the McFerrin Arts Gala.   

She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Black Pearl Dance Theater—a professional community based organization. Alfreda’s includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham School, Henry Street Settlement, June Lewis, Fhinis Young and HCTC.  She studied/ dance with legends John Parks, Chuck Davis, Olatunji, Denise Dyer, Carolyn Devore and Kevin Hunt.  She’s a graduate and scholarship recipient of Howard University, College of Fine Arts. She studied under the tutelage of LaVerne Reed, Dr. Sherrill  Berryman Johnson,  Beatrice Davis, Adrian V. James, Kevin “Iega” Jeff and Mike Malone. Her background includes dance, theater and arts management.  Recruited out while in high school, she was a member of Kinetic Energy Dance Theater. She also danced with The Restoration Dance Project, LaVerne Reed Dance Company and DC Gypsies.  Her theatrical credits include Ain’t Misbehavin, Aduke Aremu’s Liberation of Mother Goose /Joseph Papp Theatre, The Wiz and Black Orpheus. Choreography and research includes her Nina Simone project: Suite Simone. Her choreography is often framed around social justice,equality, women and empowerment, She was a featured dancer on Hallmark’s Mahogany Image series. She served as Director and Instructor for Howard University’s Gifted program, Assistant Director for Expansion Arts/DC, NuWave Theatre, DC Department of Recreation, American Youth Theatre (New York) and arts management at LaVerne Reed School of Dance. (Maryland). 

Arts Management includes: Dance Place, Howard University Dance Program, Arts DC, Coalition of 100 Black Women, International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), and Images of Cultural Artistry, Inc. She served on the Arts and Culture  Board for the Coalition of 100 Black Women. She’s a recipient of numerous awards, including Central Brooklyn Creative Artist Award, Chase Fellow, George Gershwin Performing Arts Award, DC Commission on the Arts, and two ARTS DC Grants. She’s a member of The International Association of Blacks in Dance and National Association of Female Executives. She’s grateful to her family, friends, and mentors for supporting her journey. Her mantra is from the book of Habukkuk 2:2 “Write the vision and make it plan.”

BMDT Board 2018-2019

Student Director

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Aliyah Williams

Assistant Co-Director

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Mariah Johnson

Assistant Co-Director

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Anne Marie Huntington

Business Manager

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Abby Kraus

BMDT Programming

MASTER CLASSES

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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 

GUEST ARTISTS

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BMDT has a repertoire with over 25 works from master and emerging guest artists.

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RESIDENCY

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Dance Residencies have included artist from Alvin Ailey, Kankouran, Broadway legends and leading dance educators.

DANCE SEASON

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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.  

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LEADERSHIP

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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. 

COMMUNITY

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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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