Betty Skeen ’07 returned to campus with PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER in a Babcock Season event this spring. Skeen caught the attention of artistic directors Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig at the University of Maryland,where they had arrived to teach as she was completing her M.F.A.
“I was just blown away,” Pearson says of Skeen’s work as both a dancer and choreographer. “This is exactly the kind of art I long to see and rarely do.”
According to Pearson, Sweet Briar has acquired a kind of “mythic significance” at UMD because of Skeen. “We think of [it] as an oasis of the next generation of feminist creativity,” she says.
Skeen showed star potential as an undergraduate, too. She earned recognition in a regional dance competition and was singled out in a Washington Post review for a performance with Joy of Motion Dance Center. Today, Skeen lives and works in New York City.
She collaborates on and off with PEARSONWIDRIG and was a guest choreographer at UMD this spring. She once again will return to the College in January as a visiting instructor.