Rebekah Brown is originally from the small town of Ashland, Ohio. She started dancing at age seven at Opus II Dance Studio. There, she received training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, was a member of Ashland Regional Ballet for five years, and choreographed numerous pieces throughout her time at Opus II. After high school, she attended SUNY Buffalo, graduating summa cum laude in 2010 with her BFA in Dance Performance. She performed and choreographed throughout her time there, and even added interest in lighting design and painting into the mix. During her senior year, Rebekah pioneered a dance study abroad program between SUNY Buffalo and the University of Chichester in England and studied there for six months.
She returned to studying at Mills College in Oakland, CA where she graduated in 2013 with her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. While there, she performed, choreographed, taught, and explored both painting and lighting design more in depth. Rebekah was also a member of the Mills Repertory Dance Company and performed the work of many graduate students at their thesis concerts. Her written thesis, entitled “Defining and Describing Relationships between Painting and Dance,” manifested in her physical thesis solo, where she spread canvas across the stage and used her feet and body as paint brushes, creating a unique and intricate piece of artwork. That artwork then became the backdrop for her group work, making it a multi-functional piece of art. Rebekah’s curiosity for painting continues to be a strong component of her creative work.
Since graduation, Rebekah has worked in performance, teaching, choreographic, and administrative capacities throughout the Bay Area. Her work, now showcased mainly through the dancers of H2O Dance Company, has been performed at Mills College, the LEVYdance Salon, SAFEhouse Arts, Opus II Dance Studio, Performing Arts Workshop, White Box Live Arts, and numerous other classroom venues.
I believe in breath; I believe in passionate execution of the art of dance.
I value the challenge of statements and questions.
I strive to push boundaries, mentally and physically.
I see a need for deep, intimate collaboration between disciplines in order to create powerful works that manifest themselves in viewer’s minds.
I have a vision.