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The conclusion of its 25th season in September will mark the end of the line for the Arlington-based Bowen McCauley Dance Company. But there will definitely be a reminder.

Thanks to an anonymous contribution, the founder of the dance troupe, Lucy Bowen McCauley, will be able to continue her partnership with the Maryland Youth Ballet to maintain the collaborative and free initiative “Dance for Parkinson’s Disease” (or “Dance for PD”).

Since 2009, Bowen McCauley Dance has helped over 800 people living with Parkinson’s disease – a central nervous system disease affecting movement – across the region through the program. With the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, the focus has shifted to weekly online courses, a transition that limits opportunities for interaction but offers the benefit of expanded public access.

(Even after the pandemic is over, some classes will continue online. Classes are also available on the dance company’s YouTube channel.)

The Bowen McCauley Effort is a licensed affiliate of the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD initiative in which participants are empowered to explore movement and music and often report a decrease in physical symptoms. and psychological and emotional improvement. well-being.

“The talents, expertise and compassion of Bowen McCauley continue to have an indelible impact on the region and beyond,” said David Leventhal, Dance for PD Initiative Program Director at the Mark Morris Dance Group. The effort, Leventhal said, has become “a lifeline for so many” in the region.

Lucy Bowen McCauley has been a faculty member at Maryland Youth Ballet for more than 20 years, and Alyce Jenkins, the organization’s executive director, said everyone was impatient for a resumption of the program.

“We’re excited to be able to offer dance lessons for PD again when the COVID restrictions are lifted and it’s safe to return to the studio,” Jenkins said.

On the professional performance front, the Bowen McCauley Dance Company will kick off their season with a performance at the Kennedy Center on May 26. It will be the first live performance there since the start of the pandemic, and will also be broadcast live.

The evening will include a pre-show talk with Bowen McCauley and the artists, followed by a new work, “Trois Rêves”, set to Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit” and designed to be performed in a socially remote environment. The troupe will close the season on September 14 with another performance at the Kennedy Center.

Over the years, Bowen McCauley Dance Company has presented their performances across the country and to Mexico, Germany and China. Until the pandemic struck in 2020, no spring for many families was complete without the “Move Me” festival at Kenmore Middle School. The troupe also participated in a number of dance residencies at the school.

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