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History

1953

Decatur Civic Ballet is founded in Decatur, Georgia, by Hilda Gumm.

1979

Kathleen Banks-Everett assumes the direction of what is now known as Decatur-DeKalb Civic Ballet

1986

Decatur-DeKalb Civic Ballet partners with the City of Decatur to renovate the old Beacon Hill Elementary School in downtown Decatur, GA, and officially adopts a new name in honor of our new home: Beacon Dance Company.

1990

D. Patton White assumes the role of Artistic and Administrative Director of Beacon Dance Company.

1991

Beacon offers the first performance season under White's direction, at Canon Chapel on the Emory University Campus.

1993

Beacon Dance creates first site-specific work at Brannon Towers in East Atlanta.

1994

Beacon Dance begins participation in The Atlanta Dance Initiative, a coalition of Dance organizations organized by Several Dancers Core and funded by the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund.

1995

Beacon Dance drops 'Company' from name.

1996

Beacon Dance is featured at the Arts Festival of Atlanta in the commissioned work From Site To Screen, a multi-media site-specific dance project.

1997

Beacon Dance presents first evening length site-specific work Sense & Sensuality at the March Nightclub in Amsterdam Walk.

1998

Beacon commences on the four-year journey, The Elemental Project, with Water Study, performed in the basement of City Hall East.

1999

Beacon continues The Elemental Project with Earth 1999 at City Gallery East.

2001

Beacon's third installment of The Elemental Project, Into the Inferno, is presented at The Contemporary, with sculpture by Scott Silvey.

2003

Beacon's The Elemental Project draws to a close with To Air is Human, performed at The B Complex.

2004

Beacon embarks on the multi-year project, The Mapping Project, with a 2 week residency at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

2005

Beacon begins the year long trek through DeKalb County with The Mapping Project: DeKalb County Parks and Nature Centers

2006

Beacon wraps up the year-long journey through DeKalb County at the Dunwoody Nature preserve in the June.

2007

Beacon presents the community engagement project culminating performance of 1906/2006/2106, a response to the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot.

2008

Beacon journeys to Immokalee, Florida, over a period of nine months to give birth to a community dance project, Ecotone/Immokalee.

2009

Beacon addresses the inequality of the institution of marriage in contemporary American society with The Marriage Project.

2010

Beacon explores food with A Bountiful Feast, performing in multiple locations, and helping to inaugurate Art on The Atlanta Beltline with our 50 foot serpentine table built by collaborating artist Jeff Mather.

2011

Beacon celebrates the 20th anniversary under the Artistic Direction of D. Patton White with a retrospectively inspired new work, At Once Now and Then.


2012

Beacon returns to The Elemental Project performing in four new locations and all in one year's time: Emory University, The Atlanta Beltline, The Decatur Cemetery and The B Complex.

Beacon partners with visual artist Martha Whittington on the critically acclaimed 'deus ex machina' at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia (MOCA GA).

After 25 years, Beacon Dance bids farewell to the Beacon Hill Arts Center with 'Closing the Space', as the facility is repurposed into a new facility for the Decatur School System.


2013

Beacon continues its long-running partnership with the Decatur Arts Alliance in co-producing the New Dance Festival and adds a new partner, the newly renovated Decatur Recreation Center, which serves as the New Dance Festival venue.

Beacon continues its partnership with Martha Whittington in Resilient Circles (in opposite directions) for the 2013 Art on the Atlanta Beltline exhibition.


2014

Beacon culminates a year-long community residency in Immokalee, Florida, with A Life Well Seasoned, a site-specific performance and dance-for-the-camera in May, at The Roberts Center and The Pioneer Museum at the Roberts Ranch, in Immokalee, Florida.

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