Beautify Earth Dance Los Angeles

Beautify Earth Dance Los Angeles (B.E. Dance LA) creates performance and educational opportunities for all ages. We offer a new perspective and approach exploring the relationship between visual art and dance.

Our goal is to inspire the community to take action in their lives and local communities. By utilizing both art forms, we welcome the cross-pollination of ideas and process.

Project Overview

Why:

To bring the freedom of dance to many. To inspire love in living. To bring together and empower communities. To beautify. To create smiles. To expand the Beautify Earth cause.

The Art:
Each performance of B.E. Dance LA will explore the live creation of visual art while dancing.

Beautify Earth Artists:
Each performance will also be a platform for Beautify Earth artists to create, promote, and sell their artwork. Artists of all genres get to create opportunities to live and thrive off of their talents and dedication, and B.E. Dance LA is committed to creating community and opportunity for such.

Artistic Director:
Heather Rabun, an Austin, Texas native, started B.E. Dance LA in early 2014 to explore the creation of visual art through her first passion: dance. Heather is a co-founder and director of Beautify Earth, with a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from TCU.

She has danced professionally for companies including L.A. Choreographers & Dancers and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, as well as for various productions throughout Dallas and Los Angeles. Heather is passionate about creating opportunities for artists to shine, and loves the inspiration found through collaboration.

The Company:
The company consists of professionally trained and adventurous dancers residing in Los Angeles. Dancing with paint can be unpredictable and requires a degree of courage and improvisational skills, which make it not only interesting to view, but interesting to take part in too!

Our past and present warriors of painting while dancing include Kistina Pressler, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Linnea Snyderman, Kirby Harrell, Michael Quiett, Jennifer Sherry, Jacqueline Hinton, Calypso Jete, Kevin Scott Cannon, and Artur Aleksanyan.

Beautify Earth Dance

Community Activation

Beautify Earth is partnering up with BODYART on l e g a l c a n v a s.

L E G A L C A N V A S is a site specific, movement performance experience created in response to public spaces by Los Angeles based, BODYART and Beautify Earth, arts non-profit dedicated to ending urban blight. The work will feature collaborations between local graffiti & mural artists, with BODYART dancers, video projections, and DJs in an open public performance that looks at street art as an important community identity.

Dance and graffiti art share more similarities than you might think: Both ephemeral and public modes of expression, artists in both genres are passionate, skilled at community engagement, and looking for a platform to be heard.

The work asks for participants to interact with a space they might see every day in a new way; Whether following a dancer or moving to gain a new vantage point.

Rather than casual viewing, this work still asks audiences to spend curated, focused time with the work even (or in spite of) public distractions. Our hope is that the experience will create a lasting impact, connecting communities more intimately to their surroundings.

Past Theatrical Performances

BEloved: A Beautify Earth Dance Production July 18-20, 2014

Story in Santa Monica Daily Press | BEloved Sizzle Video

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our first performance BEloved!  Join our email list to be invited to future BE Dance LA performances and events.

Special thanks to those who have help make our recent BEloved performance possible:

Photography/Videography: ARIS | Pasadena Photography  | Win Within Sangha  |  Jack Collins Photography

Beautify Earth Artists:  Trek Thunder Kelly, Cathy Baron, Nathan Sestack, and Karen Kang

B.E. Dance LA Dancers:  Kistina Pressler, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Michael Quiett, Jennifer Sherry and Jacqueline Hinton

Collaborators:  Zach Puchtel, Lucas Spangler, and Jeff Meldgin

Friends, Family and Beautify Earth team.

Awakenings and Beginnings Festival January 10, 2015

Special thanks to Kirby Harrell, for his choreographic input, Amra Ricketts, who created the music, and Nicolette Spear, who brought the art to BElinked with her lovely body painting.  Much gratitude!

San Pedro Festival of the Arts September 9, 2015

B.E. Dance LA Dancers:  Kistina Pressler, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Tatiana Piche, Heather Rabun

Past Live Events and Entertainment

Beautify Earth presents Summer Concert Series: Story of the Running Wolf July 11, 2014

B.E. Dance LA Dancers:  Kistina Pressler, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Heather Rabun

Beautify Earth presents Summer Concert Series: House of Vibe  August 22, 2014

B.E. Dance LA Dancers:  Kistina Pressler, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Heather Rabun

Create Fixate “I Art You” February 12, 2015

B.E. Dance LA Dancers:  Kistina Pressler, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Kirby Harrell, Heather Rabun

Ascent Expo with WinWithinSangha March 1, 2015

B.E. Dance LA Dancers:  Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Heather Rabun

Beautify Earth presents “A Pathless Land” with Eoin Colgan March, 14, 2015

B.E. Dance LA Dancers:  Kistina Pressler, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Heather Rabun

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