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Mission & Values


The mission of Beacon Dance is to develop people’s understanding and appreciation of the art of movement as a means of communication. We are guided in this endeavor by embracing the ideals of the conceptual art movement, and by the following values.


  • Highlighting the Fundamental Elements of Dance

    two people dancing in the woods

    Beacon Dance is a professional performance organization presenting classes, workshops and performances to the general public. Our work is a series of projects linked to the basic elements of dance: The body, time, space and energy. We design our projects to be interactive experiences with our audiences, to reflect the realities of our time, to occur in unusual spaces, and to be created with passionate attention.

  • Dedication to Social Consciousness

    Beacon Dance is a progressive voice in the Metro Atlanta performance community. We develop our programming through the lens of social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world. We believe in the creative abilities of all people. As a collective of artists representing a diverse range of backgrounds and skills, we seek to interact with those who make up our community so that we may reflect the issues and concerns facing us all. We encourage our community to embrace the arts (dance in particular) and actively make them a part of their daily life. We are creating a new paradigm for a dance organization that is based on inclusion, acceptance, and the development of one’s creative abilities, leaving aside all elements of hierarchy and competition.

  • Community Focused

    Under the direction of D. Patton White, Beacon has become a community-based arts organization focusing on the creative process. Interaction in multiple ways with the community is crucial to the philosophy that drives Beacon. Beacon is proud to call both the City of Decatur and the Oakland City neighborhood of Atlanta home.

  • Ongoing

    The programs of Beacon Dance are offered throughout the year.

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