Beth McKee Elliott, Creator and Director of Small Plates Choreography Festival and Haven Movement Company, is a lifelong dancer and choreographer and holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM). She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), a Somatic Practitioner and an Energy Coach. She has studied, taught, performed, choreographed, and presented dance all over the United States for most of her life.
Beth has developed an extensive repertoire of enduring, iconic works and a process for rapid movement invention she calls Mosaic choreography. She has been recognized for excellence in choreography by Regional Dance America, having been selected twice as a Project Tier choreographer. She also received the the Carl Wolz Award for Choreography while attending UHM.
Beth is eternally dedicated to the art and craft of choreography and to creating opportunities for dancers and dance makers to present their creative work by teaching, mentoring, and producing events that showcase the art of movement expression. She created the Small Plates Choreography Festival in 2012 to serve this mission. She is also the creator and director of Haven Movement Company, an artist collective she formed in 2016 with Michele Painter and Sarah Renny.
Beth is a somatic practitioner in private practice, practicing Laban/Bartinieff Movement Analysis, Core Energetics, Restorative Yoga, and various energy modalities. She is an artist and dance photographer who took many of the photos on this website. Her podcast, THESE LEGS MUST DANCE supports dance makers and the power of dance to heal, inspire, and tell important stories. She is an advocate for women with Lipedema, a fat and connective tissue disorder with which she has been diagnosed.
Instagram: @smallplatesdance @havenmovement @theselegsdance
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