See-thru Poster 2016

The final Movement Speaks: Conversations about dance of the 2015-16 season! We will go out with a bang with all EIGHT guest artists, lead by BJP, in a lecture/demonstration of how dances are made, how choreographers, performers, composers, and live musicians collaborate to make new dance works.

Thursday April 21, 2016 10AM
Mustang Theatre-Western Wyoming Community College

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SPRING: Desert Dance Theatre in concert boasts a fun and diverse program. This year features the incredible dancing of WWCC’s student dance company, directed by BJP. Featured guest choreography includes new work by Mark Haim, titled Leisure Pond, and a jazz work by Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner titled All Together Now.

The work of three WWCC students will be highlighted, Unheard by freshman students Trinity Stafford and Brooke Whitby, and Tides by Gabriela Cipili.

BJP will have several new works in the concert, the first is a collaboration with composer/sound designer Garrett Johnson titled Visible Sketch v.4. This new works features three multitalented students, and costume design by Gwendolyn Quitberg.

The concert will have a new work  from the Propelling Professional Performance Project. Title Fête, this crazy part of a dance will be created and performed by 6 student dancers alongside guest performers Léla Groom, Kim Lusk, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal and Juan ‘Coel’ Rodriguez. Joining P^4 this year is Austen Mack and Robin Vining, a long time musical collaborator of BJP’s. Both will be performing live while leading a band of student musicians. P^4 also plans to create and perform a Faculty work to be included in SPRING. The P^4 faculty will present their process as part of Movement Speaks: conversations about dance on April 21st, 2016 at 9:30AM–stay tuned for more details!

Lastly, BJP plans to show the next iteration of Tired hearts kick darkness and bleed light in WWCC’s Art Gallery, which will close the show. Tired hearts… features performance by BJP and JCR (Juan ‘Coel’ Rodriguez).


Movement Speaks Fall 2015

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Join the magical cast of WWCC students as Mary Poppins visits the Banks family to teach them about love, kindness, and being a family.

Direction by Chris Will with Choreography by BJP.

November 13-21. Tickets at

[nueBOX] Workshop + Audition



Saturday October 10, 1-3PM $10 @ Phoenix Center For The Arts <—click here to register!


Share a juicy creative space with dance artists Britta Joy Peterson and Juan ‘Coel’ Rodriguez, for a [nueBOX] Workshop + Audition. Guided by BJP and JCR, dancers will push their technical and improvisational skill sets by engaging with phrase work, partnering and creative generators. The workshop will be a container for exploring material from BJP + JCR’s current project, Bring Back Yesterday, and BJP’s work-in-progress Boring Angel. Dancers will also be considered for future positions in BJP’s work, including projects in Phoenix, Wyoming and New York. Dancers considered for these projects will need to be adept technicians, compassionate creators, disciplined professionals and willing souls.

MOVEMENT SPEAKS: conversations about dance

with Guest Artist Mark Haim

Saturday September 26, 8PM WWCC Dance Studio

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Minnesota Moon at the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival


BJP has had the extreme pleasure of working with Tony Matthes to assist in the direction of Minnesota Moon, a play by John Olive. See the two talented actors onstage as part of the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Ticket information here.

One review of MN Moon says “A nostalgic and poignant coming-of-age piece that captures the the late 1960s with grit and humor. The script deftly explores universal themes of life in the heartland and the bitter-sweet fading of Americana. The production is as professional as it gets; all involved are accomplished award winning thespians who draw you in right from the start. Any one who has ever left, ever lost, ever stayed behind or ever yearned for something more has got to see this show!”

Movement Speaks: conversations about dance presents


Thursday March 5, 2015
9:30AM, WWCC Theatre
FREE to the public

See-thru Poster

Currently, BJP is in process with the ‘Propelling Professional Performance Project”, or P^4. BJP dreamt this project up in the fall of 2014, with the purpose of transferring performance skills through the role modeling and direct contact with professional performers. BJP brought in 4 Guest Performing Artists, Lela Groom and Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal from NY, Kim Lusk from WA and Juan ‘Coel’ Rodriguez from AZ for a 3 week residency. During the residency the Guest Performing Artists are working along side the students in BJP’s collaborative process to make ‘Here’, BJP’s new 30 min. contemporary work. The Guest Performers will also perform alongside students in ‘r e f o r m’, the college’s spring dance concert.

As part of P^4, BJP and the Guest Artists will be presenting ‘SEE-THRU’ as part of ‘Movement Speaks:conversations about dance’. At ‘SEE-THRU’ the group will be dancing and talking–showing and explaining how ‘Here’ was made, the role of the choreographer, the role of the performer, and describing what it is like to be a professional performer. Attendee will be able to ask question and learn about what it takes to make it all happen.

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Desert Dance Theatre’s Annual Spring Concert 2015
March 5, 6, 7 at 7:30PM | March 7 at 2PM
$10Adult | $6 Student/Senior
Free to WWCC Students/Faculty Staff

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This is an exciting year for WWCC’s Performing Arts Department and Desert Dance Theatre as they introduce new Dance Faculty/Artistic Director BJP.

‘r e f o r m’  features guest performances by professional dancers from New York, Phoenix and Seattle, guest choreography from Oregon, student work, Peterson’s new jazz work with live music and spoken word, and a special performance by Peterson herself.

BJP presents two new works, a 30 minute contemporary work titled ‘Here’ that opens the concert. This large scale work involving original music composition by Robin Vining, lighting design by Evan Christian Anderson, set design by Nathan Kluthe and costume design by Gwendolyn Quitbeg. ‘Here’ is the product of the ‘Propelling Professional Performance Project”, and is a wandering rise through the wilderness of the West, presenting multi-dimensional perspectives on life in the wind, the warmth, and the wild.

Closing the concert is BJP’s newest jazz work ‘PULSE’ that features original music by Brandon Coprich and spoken word by KID JAM. BJP crafted this work for the cast specifically, where each of the performers also creates the music that their cast mates dance to. ‘PULSE’ is a reflection of the new direction of WWCC’s Performing Arts Department, which values education the whole artist.

BJP brought in Guest Artist Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, who is a dear friend and mentor. Gutierrez-Garner’s new work, ‘Till the End’,  is a metaphorical laying of flowers at the artist’s grandmother’s grave.

Also in the concert are two students works, both collaborations between multiple students. BJP titled the annual dance concert r e f o r m as a reflection of what the dancers do in the studio. Each class and rehearsal the dancers walk into the space and take on new and challenging ideas in order to restructure, or re-form, their approach to dance.  BJP hopes the audience will walk away knowing the culture of dance at Western.

Bellingham Repertory Dance performs Recurring Reverie

Nov 14-16 and Nov 21-23, 2014
Firehouse Performing Arts Center-Bellingham, WA


In July of 2014, BJP spent a whirl wind two and a half days working with Kate and Juliette, company members of Bellingham Repertory Dance. BJP, joined by Rehearsal Assistant Kim Lusk and Design Consultant Lee White, revisited this BJP repertory staple. Recurring Reverie has found new life in these dancers, shifted by the power of two women, a new film element that will be projected unto a non-traditional surface created by Nolan of Cambrian Visions, and performed in the incredible Fire House Performing Arts Center.  

CLICK HERE to read an interview between BJP and Kate, as well as see some footage from company class taught by BJP that weekend.

Singin’ in the Rain

Wester Wyoming Community College

Nov 14-15 and Nov 20-22, 2014
Mustang Theatre, Rock Springs WY

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MOVEMENT SPEAKS: Guest Artist Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner

Movement Speaks Cynthia GarnerWWCC’s first Guest Artist of the 2014-2015 season is one of BJP’s mentor, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner. She will be creating a new work on 9 dancers that will be performed at the Desert Dance Theatre’s Spring Concert: r e f o r mMarch 5-7, 2015. Also, Gutierrez-Garner’s new work will travel to Colorado, where the WWCC students will perform it for adjudication at ACDA.

To culminate the week long residency, Gutierrez-Garner will share her choreographic process, and the new work, in a public showing on September 27th, 2014 at 8:30PM at the WWCC Studio.

‘Vital Permeability’ at Arizona State University

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“Vital Permeability,” a collaboration between BJP and BFA Candidate Allison Edwards examines the necessity to be able to sense more than oneself, allowing information to stream in and out of the body, remaining permeable rather than static.

February 21 – 23, 2014

ASU’s Margaret Gisolo Theatre

Ticket info HERE

Adv/Prof Postmodern Contemporary w/ BJP


Come dance it out in a richly physical technique class where we’ll explore the fullness of our bodies, play with gravity, ride momentum, push the edges f musicality and open new energetic pathways. Designed to offer dancers a range of movement textures that act as a springboard towards new investigations and personal growth.

Tuesdays / 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Founders / $15  DROP – IN / $12 MVP

Velocity Dance Center – 1621 12th Ave., Seattle WA

“Resilient” to premiere at The Southern

BJP has a new work, with the students at the Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. Together, BJP and the cast of dancers are examining resiliency that resides in artists –body, mind and spirit.

 November 22nd + 23rd at the Southern Theatre.

Click here for tickets and more information. 


GREAT Theatre’s “White Christmas” Brings Talented Choreographer Back to Central Minnesota

Saint Cloud, MINN – October 23, 2013 – This November, GREAT Theatre will present the beloved holiday classic, White Christmas. The production, running November 15 through December 1 at the Paramount Theatre, will be directed and choreographed by professional dance artist Britta Joy Peterson.

After completing her Master of Fine Arts degree, Peterson is returning to GREAT Theatre to focus on teaching the cast dance techniques imperative to each of the musical’s dance styles.

“I fell in love with White Christmas because not only does it review Irving  Berlin’s hit songs, but also jazz music, dance, and theatrical culture,” said Peterson. “The show requires the cast to be versatile in jazz, ballet, ballroom, tap, and partnering. The characters are constantly switching in and out of these styles, as well as finding crossover between them. White Christmas also demands seasoned performers to move from loveable television personalities, to sultry blues powerhouses, to floating love-struck couples. This range of music, dance, and characters is what makes White Christmas a blast for the audience. ”

Peterson completed her bachelor’s degree in Dance and Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College and her MFA in Dance at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Peterson choreographed 11 works shown at over 14 venues across the Phoenix metropolitan area. In Minnesota, Peterson’s work has been seen at Patrick’s Cabaret, the Edina Performing Arts Center, the Paramount Theatre, the Southern Theatre and the Ordway. She has choreographed 18 musicals, and White Christmas is her seventh show with GREAT Theatre. Peterson has won multiple awards including Outstanding Choreography from the Hennepin Theatre Trust and was selected by ASU’s Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts as the Outstanding Graduate Student of 2013.

The musical, based on the beloved film of the same name, features seventeen Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “Sisters,” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”

Performance dates, times, and ticket information are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office (913 W St. Germain Street, St. Cloud MN 56301), online at, or by calling 320.259.5463.




Come dance it out in a richly physical technique class where we’ll explore the fullness of our bodies, play with gravity, ride momentum, push the edges of musicality and open new energetic pathways. Class is designed to offer dancers a range of movement textures that act as a springboard towards new investigations and personal growth.




The Movement Lab | 5155 Bloomington Ave Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417
$15 Drop-In
$13 Professional
Class card $120 for 10 classes


The Movement Lab is a blossoming dance space in the beautiful Nakomis neighborhood of Minneapolis. The oasis of a studio is the embodied partner of The Music Lab, and both Labs are dedicated to sharing their time and talents to help others explore and develop their own passion for music and movement.

Check out the Movement Lab at



BJP and amazing performer Naomi Goodson are coming together to bring ‘Sentient’ to life for CONDER/dance’s Breaking GRound 2014.
January 24 + 25
Tempe Center for the Arts

Bootleggers Ball at the Minnesota History Center

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BJP and dancers Marissa Augustin and Sarah Jabar will be teaching 1920’s dances for the opening celebration ‘Bootlegger’s Ball’ at the Minnesota History Center. The ball is marking the opening of the traveling exhibit ‘American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition’.

See the Star Tribune’s photos from the event here.

November 5th, 2013

Sentient Research 

Participant Performance

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation 

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Photo Credit: Josh Jore

BJP will be presenting a durational installation work researching the concepts and objects within Sentient. Working with dancers Jan Trumbauer, Leah Vendl, Kaitlyn Dye, and Krina Turner, the work will take place outside of Velocity Dance Center as part of the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation’s Participant Performance.

Velocity Dance Center

1621 12th Ave., Seattle, WA

Saturday, August 3rd 2013

7 PM

Tickets are FREE!

American Voices

Guest Performance with

Center Dance Ensemble

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BJP and dancers will be joining Center Dance Ensemble on the Kax Stage at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix.

April 3rd 12:10 pm showing “Revel”

April 4th: 12:10 showing “Breath Two”

April 7th: 2 pm and 5 pm shows, inclduing both “Revel” and “Breath Two”

Information about the lunch time shows found here.

Information about the Sunday shows found here.

Graduate Choreographic Presentations


BJP will be premiering her newest work Sentient at the School of

Dance’s Graduate Choreographic Presentations. This new work is a solo created by BJP for dancer Naomi Goodson, with music by Kazyak. Check out their awesome new album SEE THE FOREST, SEE THE TREES

April 4 th at 7:30 pm

Tickets are FREE!

Margaret Gisolo Theatre

Get more information here. 

Expresiones Seis

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BJP will be performing in Melissa S. Rex’s work AB-NORMAL.

April 6th at 8 pm at the Arts Market Lot.

The Dance Annual

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BJP and dancers are excited to present MOVE redux for the School of Dance’s 2013 Dance Annual. MOVE redux is a compilation of excerpts from BJP’s full-length work MOVE, including Hands and Feet, Breath Two and Revel. 

BJP will also be dancing in a new dance installation by Melissa S. Rex titled AB-NORMAL.

April 26th at 6:30 pm

April 27th at 7:30 pm

April 28th at 2 pm

ASU’s Galvin Playhouse

Find more information here. 

Emerge: ASU


Twitter Verses a collaboration between ASU School of Dance Faculty Eileen Standley, School of Theatre and Film Faculty Lance Gharvi and Jake Pinholster. BJP served as a Creative Collaborator for Standley, Production Manager, and performed within the work.

Emerge2013 February 28-March 2

Check out the events here: 


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Click here to see the MOVE poster

Choreography by Britta Joy Peterson
in collaboration with dancers
Original Music Score by Robin Vining
Lighting Design by Melissa Rex
Costume Design by Galina Mihaleva
Dancers: Angel Crissman, Naomi Goodson,Lela Groom,
Felicia Levin, Steven Redondo, Juan ‘Coel’ Rodriguez
November 16-18 at Margaret Gisolo Theatre on ASU Tempe campus
More Information Here:
Rehearsal photos:


BJP Recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Student by ASU’s Graduate College

Click here to read the article!

Summer 2012 Workshops by BJP

July 9 – 20
Summertime Players
2 week musical theatre intensive
Mount Olivet Church
More info here:
July 24/26 and Aug 7/9
Edina Highschool Summer Dance
Master Workshops in jazz, conditioning, and partnering.
Edina High School
More info here:
July 30 – Aug 3:
All Day Teen Musical Theatre Intensive: Hairspray
Master Class Series: Contemporary Musical Theatre for Adults
All with GREAT Theatre.
More info here:


Come see the first presentation of BJP’s thesis work, with the working title MOVE.

The Graduate Project Presentations are free to the public, check here for more info:


Britta Joy Peterson and dancers will be presenting 2 works:

Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance will be presented for adjudications

Recurring Reverie by BJP and Reset choreographed by Juan Rodriguez will be performed at

the informal showings.




Britta Joy Peterson will be premering the dance film Glimpse as a part of Expresiones Cinco presented by Dulce Dance Company. Glimpse is a collaborative effort: directed and choreographed by BJP, edited by Laura Pellegrino, and performed by Inertia Dewitt and Caissdy Liew.

Tickets are $10 + $3.50 box office fee. Call 602-254-2151, or check



URBAN SOL (Formerly Civil Disobedience)

A new jazz work by Britta Joy Peterson titled Visible Roots will be presented as a part of the urban movement festival. Jazz is not only the roots of urban movement, but is a root of Peterson’s artistry. The piece encourages audience members to look at jazz, and movement in general, from new perspective through light and location.

Urban Sol is a free event, and beings at 6 pm. For more info see:



Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance will be a part of this years Dance Annual, presented by ASU’s School of Dance. The show is curated out of all of the dance work presented in 2011, and is a stunning collection of intriguing work. Find more information and purchase tickets at:


In order to raise funds for Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance to  attend ACDFA, BJP and dancers set out on a Kickstarter Adventure. You can check out our kickstarter page here:

We set out to raise $1,500 to help pay for travel and accomodations, and ended up over achieveing and raising $1,575!

The cast, along with myself, are so grateful for the support from out generous backers. We are now able to attend the festival, share our dancing, and participate in this prestigious event.

A shout out to:

Katy Callie, Sunny Kuo, Kay Gross, Whitney Waugh, Daniel, Mary Ford, Darcy Rubel, Sue, Chris Garland, Danie LeFrancis, Kathy Byers, Brian Arogast, Joy and Matthew Peterson, Kate McCormick, Simon Dove, Andy Groom, Carol Cole, Jeanne Tweten, Ann Summers, Lela M Groom, Laurence Hoffman among others who contributed to our project.


  • BREAKING GROUND: January 2012

Britta Joy Peterson and dancers presented two works in the student showcase:

 Recurring Reverie and Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance.

Video will be up soon in the media section for you to see Recurring Reverie in a new site specific location