A native of Ohio, Betsy Miller is a dance artist, educator, and facilitator currently based on the north shore of Boston. Her choreography, described as “haunting, spunky and full of imagination,” (New York State Council on the Arts) has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas, and she has received support from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Somerville Arts Council, The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, and The Ohio State University.
Betsy has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance and Fusionworks, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, and Rachel Boggia, and in collaborations with Matthew Cumbie and Shawn Hove.
Betsy was a 2017 Bates Dance Festival Emerging Artist, a 2016 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellow, and recently became an Assistant Professor of Dance at Salem State University. She has been on faculty at Providence College, Connecticut College, Dean College, and AS220, and regularly teaches and performs as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.
ABOUT THE WORK
My dance works are born in the tension between our complex, messy lived experience and the reductive images and archetypes we perpetuate through religion, media, and cultural politics. Our flaws, fragility, empathy, neurosis, and imagination provide an endless reservoir of raw material from which I craft my work- inner emotional landscapes brought to life through delicate gesture and sweaty, full-bodied dancing. I am obsessed with layering, entangling and negotiating the representational and the real.