Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Betsy Miller

My works have been described as haunting, spunky, full of imagination, and relentlessly quirky. I define my work as highly physical dance theatre which offers intellectual challenge, emotional volubility, and technical virtuosity in equal measure. I make bizarre, beautiful dances to wrestle with reality, and to make people laugh and cry at the same time. I am obsessed with layering, entangling, and negotiating the representational and the real through collaborations with the dancers who inspire this kind of work.  Each creation process is an act of weaving hundreds of scenarios, stories, and “what if’s” together, with sweaty, full-bodied, juicy, powerful, big dancing. From that chaos emerges a logic specific to the world we are making on stage: a world in which all possibilities exist together.

A native of Ohio, Betsy Miller is a dance artist, educator, and facilitator currently based in Salem, Massachusetts. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Iowa, and Texas, and she has received support from New England Foundation for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Next Steps for Dance (Boston Foundation and Aliad Fund), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Somerville Arts Council, The City of Salem, Gloucester Cultural Council, The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, and The Ohio State University.
Betsy has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance and Fusionworks, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, and Rachel Boggia, and in collaborations with Matthew Cumbie and Shawn Hove.
Betsy was a 2017 Bates Dance Festival Emerging Artist, a 2016 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellow, and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Salem State University. She has been on faculty at Providence College, Connecticut College, Dean College, and AS220, and regularly teaches and performs as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.



Additional Links: 
collaboration w/ Alexandra James
collaboration w/ Alexandra James
collaboration w/ Laquimah VanDunk

I Have Worked With

  • January 2020

    Perofrmed by inivtation at Triskelion's Never Before Never Again improvisation festival (Brooklyn, NY), curated by the Lovelies. 

  • September 2019

    Choreographed and directed a community movement ensemble, Blessing the Boats on Veterans Memorial Bridge as part of the inaugural CROSSING WATERS Festival.

  • August 2018

    Betsy Miller Dance projects was selected for Salem's inaugeral summer public art performance series.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

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Salem, MA 01970
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Dance - Modern / Contemporary
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Boston Dance Alliance
National Dance Education Organization
MFA in Dance, The Ohio State University, 2011
BA in Dance, Connecticut College, 2005
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

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