Lucy Bowen McCauley Is “the Creative Gem of Arlington”

Joi-Marie McKenzie

It's hard for any Washingtonian to cross the river into Northern Virginia, but last night a happy hour benefiting the Bowen McCauley Dance Company brought together art enthusiasts, foodies and wine connoisseurs to celebrate "the creative gem of Arlington" Lucy Bowen McCauley.

Classically trained in New York City's Joffrey School, choreographer Bowen McCauley has been the artistic director of the dance company bearing her name since 1996. Performing in local venues like the Signature Theatre and Gunston Theater, she credits the Northern Virginia area for helping make her mark on the art scene.

"We're 14 years old, and [the Bowen McCauley Dance Company] probably would not exist without the support from Arlington County although we perform in the tri-state area," she said last night at the "Taste 2300" event.

Bowen McCauley's dance pieces electrified audiences and her dance classes often boast some familiar faces. Many iconic rock musicians such as Elliott Murphy and Jerry Harrison, guitarist for the Talking Heads, attended her classes.

"Whether it's working with my professional dancers or in the community, it's really the journey of making the art," said Bowen McCauley. "Creating my pieces is the best part. "

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