Beth Terwilleger grew up in Santa Cruz, California, and always felt free to allow her imagination to thrive. She spent her early childhood years creating worlds, theatrical performances, and dance extravaganzas. At a young age she was introduced to ballet and immediately fell in love. So driven by this new passion, she forgot her roots were truly planted in creation and not personal performance. After spending ten years with Ballet Austin in Texas and freelancing in San Francisco and London, she has re-found her roots here in Seattle and has spent the past year passionately exploring, generating, and supporting dance works here in this city. She had once thought that this imaginative part of her brain was left in those childhood years but is excited to have found that it does still exist through her choreographic practice.
Beth has been described as having “a creative curiosity only matched by her ambition” (Gedney Barclay, Velocity Dance Center) and since the inception of The Gray a year ago, Beth’s work has been presented all over Seattle. She started at Velocity Dance Center presenting a new work through Velocity’s co-production program. She then continued to receive support from Velocity Dance Center through her participation in their 2019 Winter Bridge Project program. She has also choreographed works for 12 Minutes Max, March edition, and a mixed bill evening Base Independent Production at Base: Experimental Arts + Space in Georgetown, Seattle. Beth has also had the honor of creating work this year for Converge Dance Festival as well as a split bill performance with Artistic Director Stella Kutz at YAW Theater. She then went on to revisit her first Seattle work, The Midsummer, at Seattle International Dance Festival in June where it was announced she has been awarded acceptance to their prestigious James Ray Residency Program for their 2020 Season. To wrap up her first year of creating in Seattle, Beth showed a full evening of work at On the Board’s Behnke Theater.
Beth is now incredibly excited to be participating in Seattle Dance Collective’s innovative new project and to dive into film for the first time. She wants to thank the incredible generosity, intelligence, and bravery of the dancers she is working with, Stephan Bourgond and Lucien Postlewaite, as well as the huge amount of support provided by Seattle Dance Collective. It is a huge honor to be a part of this project.