Mary-Kate O’Toole

Mary-Kate O’Toole is a Long Island native and graduated Cum Laude with her B.A. in Dance from Hofstra University. While at Hofstra, O’Toole performed works by Doug Varone, David Parker, Rachel List, Claire Porter, Earl Mosley, Heather Waldon, Karla Wolfangle, and Anita Feldman. O’Toole is a versatile dancer, actively training in modern, tap, ballet, jazz, … More Mary-Kate O’Toole

Sarah Renny

Sarah Renny received her BFA in dance/choreography from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Sarah has danced at the American College Dance Festival at USC, Irvine. Sarah was an American Dance Festival (ADF) scholar in 2008 and a resident company member at ADF with MarkDendyDanceTheatre in 2009. She performed as a principal dancer for Mr. Dendy … More Sarah Renny

Joan Bradford

Joan Bradford, born, raised, and still residing in the Bronx, NY, is a graduate of Long Island University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre​ with awards in excellence in choreography​. Joan has performed with ​KamrDance, ​Mary-Kate O’Toole Choreography, Praevado Dance Collective​, Mise en Danse, and ​Haven … More Joan Bradford

Michele Painter

Michele Painter received an M.F.A. in Dance from The University of Hawaii at Manoa, as well  as a B.F.A. in Dance from Belhaven University. She attended high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida where she grew up. Professionally, Michele has danced with Polarity Dance Theatre and Braided Light Dance Project. … More Michele Painter


Haven Movement Company collaborated with Daniel Villegas, a spoken word artist and poet, to create “Transcendence” at Newburgh Illuminated Festival 2017. Transcendence is inspired by the mural by the same name on the side of the Ritz Theater building, and expresses through movement and language the visible and invisible highlights and undertones of the downtown … More Transcendence

Beth McKee Elliott

  Beth McKee Elliott, a lifelong dancer, holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), a dance photographer, and an energy practitioner. She has studied, taught, performed, choreographed, and presented dance all over the United States for over 25 years. Beth has been … More Beth McKee Elliott

A Fragile Strength

A Fragile Strength was choreographed in 2007 while company director Beth Elliott was a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i. The piece was the result of a composition assignment where students were asked to choreograph a dance inspired by a work of art from the University’s campus art gallery. “Artwork from Binh Danh‘s series … More A Fragile Strength

Beth Elliott featured in “12 Days of Creativity”

BEDG Founder/Director Beth Elliott was recently featured in a holiday project “12 Days of Creativity.” Twelve creative individuals were selected from the DC area and highlighted with a short video segment about their work. Videographer Woody Boss joined BEDG at the final rehearsal for “The Human Zoo,” which was dance choreographed with audience participation at … More Beth Elliott featured in “12 Days of Creativity”

What is Mise en Dance?

Mise en Dance What is it? Well, first of all, it’s not a real word! That’s right, it’s a made-up word. In keeping with the culinary theme of Small Plates Choreography Festival, Mise en Dance pokes fun at the chef’s preparation process, known in the culinary world as mise en place. Mise en Dance just … More What is Mise en Dance?

…more than just dancing

Beth Elliott Dance Group’s motto “more than just dancing” reflects an intention to nurture a holistic experience for all participants in the art of dance. I love and honor the process of creating dance as something as important as the completed work. The rehearsal atmosphere is so rich, since dancers are both vulnerable and generous … More …more than just dancing