Benita Bike is the Director of Benita Bike's DanceArt Company, a chamber modern dance company, based in Los Angeles. Benita moved to Los Angeles 22 years ago, after fifteen years of choreographing and teaching in Boston and New York. Her work has been performed in Massachusetts, New York, California, Kentucky, Arizona, Canada, France, and Poland. Benita was an Artist-in-Residence at Massachusetts College of Arts and a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Choreographic Fellowship recipient, and a two-time recipient of an ARC grant (Durfee Foundation and the Center for Cultural Innovation). She was Chair of the Boston Dance Alliance, and she sat on the Board of the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles. Benita has taught at her own studio in Boston, Boston Center for Adult Education, Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro and at Whittier College. Benita was Co-producer of the Fountain Theatre's annual "Festival of Solos and Duets" and the Coordinator for the Glendale Brand Library and Art Center's annual dance series.
Benita Bike's DanceArt Company is entering its 32nd season of dance in Fall of 2012. The company's work is known for its elegant performance, dramatic use of space and gesture to make sensitive observations on life. Benita Bike's choreography stands at the crossroads of past and present, blending the music and sensibilities of the past with evocative contemporary movement. For 31 years this company has been bringing both concert dance and unique interactive outreach performances to audiences large and small. States the Los Angeles Times "If Georgia O'Keeffe's pastel landscapes were dances, they'd be the plains elegies of ...choreographer Benita Bike and her company, DanceArt. Sweeping and full of muscular femininity, her works take charge of the space and evoke the metaphysical power of ritual...."
Benita's work has received support in the form of fellowships and grants from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Los Angeles County Cultural Commission, the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Culver City, City of Boston Arts Council, the City of Lexington Massachusetts, the Friends of the Madrid Theatre (Canoga Park, CA), and others.