This Los Angeles-based repertory company shares its strong, optimistic vision and innovative approach to dance with communities in Israel and Jordan.
BODYTRAFFIC uniquely reflects the diverse landscape of Los Angeles with its warm energy, athleticism, and eye toward aesthetic innovation. Since it was founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, the company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world and has been instrumental in establishing Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. BODYTRAFFIC’s ever-growing repertory represents many distinctive choreographic voices; it is versatile and accessible but also inspiring and challenging.
The company travels to Israel and Jordan for the fifth season of DanceMotion USASM and brings with it a strong ethos of positivity and determination that will find resonance in the communities of this region. BODYTRAFFIC’s outreach programs are led by the company’s outstanding teachers, who offer guidance in technique, improvisation, composition, site-specific creations, and repertory. Aspiring dancers and participants of all ages, levels, and demographics gain an understanding of how their bodies move and how to communicate through dance.
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LILLIAN BARBEITO has a BFA from Juilliard, where she studied on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America. She has had an extensive performance career that took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett. She has taught dance internationally and is one of the 15 teachers in the world certified to teach Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking method called Countertechnique. Barbeito has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, regional ballet companies, and professional modern dance companies throughout the US and Canada. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
TINA FINKELMAN BERKETT grew up in New York City and trained and learned to love dance under the tutelage of Michele Cuccaro Cain. She is a graduate of Barnard College and performed with Aszure Barton & Artists throughout the US, including at Jacob’s Pillow and Spoleto Festivals. She became Aszure Barton’s assistant and taught alongside Barton both in the US and abroad. Berkett also had the incredible honor of being a founding member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance. In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles and founded BODYTRAFFIC with Lillian Barbeito.