B.A. in Dance and American Studies, University of KansasBeau Hancock is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Beau recently earned his MFA in Dance from Temple University, where he was a University Fellow and recipient of the Rose Vernick Choreographic Achievement Award. While at Temple, he assisted Dr. Luke Kahlich with the Liverpool Project, researchingthe creativeprocess through digital media and in collaboration with Johns Moores University in Liverpool, England. He also received a Temple Provosts Commission on the Arts grant to complete a semester-long study of improvisational performance and collaboration. In 2009, he was the Cleveland Art Prize/Kathryn Karipides Scholarship recipient, a national prize for summer dance study.
M.F.A. in Dance, Temple University
Beau was a founding member of the Bowery Dancers, a Lawrence, Kansas-based movement collective. He began choreographing in Kansas, receiving his first grant from the Lawrence Arts Commission in 2003 to produce an evening-length work with fellow Bowery Dancer Ellie Goudie-Averill. In 2007, Hancock and Goudie-Averill cemented their working relationship with the founding of Stone Depot Dance Lab, a team of performing artists whose mission is to create honest and experiential dances. Stone Depot will premiere a new work Casual Fridays in mid-February 2012 at the Lawrence Arts Center’s Regional Choreography Festival.
Beau’s own choreography has been presented at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Wesbeth Art Gallery, Movement Research at DTW, the Flea Theater, and Chi Movement Arts Center as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Painted Bride Arts Center as a nEW Festival Artist-In-Residence. In 2010, he presented a site-specific performance in Clark Park, West Philadelphia in conjunction with the Bodies of Text series sponsored by the Philadelphia Center for the Book. Beau was a Choreographic Guest Artist at Georgian Court University and with Catalyst Dance Company at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, and has taught master classes and workshops at the University of Kansas, Indiana University, Wayne State University, Juniata College, Girard College, and Café Dance (in Austin, Texas). He is currently adjunct faculty member at both Temple University and Rowan University.
As a performer, Beau has had the pleasure to work with Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Ellen Cornfield/cornfield dance, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Merian Soto/Performance Practice, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Bronwen MacArther/MacArther Dance Project, Olive Prince Dance, and Miro Dance Theatre.