Belén Rodas, Artistic Director
Professional Credits: Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre
Belén Rodas is a gifted choreographer and teacher, and has been an enormous asset to the Lasley Centre. As an instructor she is both kind and knowledgeable. As a choreographer her work is original, creative, and always a challenge to students in both technique and expression. In 2014, Belén helped to design and launch the Lasley Centre’s Adaptive Dance Program, and is currently the primary instructor for that program.
Belén began studying dance at the Arlington Ballet under Elan Cooper. She then moved to Arlington Center for Dance, now BalletNOVA, where she studied with Keith Lee, Clark Reid, Carmen Perez-Rowe, Karen Blank, Kathryn Fredgren, and Paul Wegner, training extensively in pointe, partnering, and variations, while performing with the Center Dance Company in both classical and contemporary ballets. Her modern dance education was with Kathy Harty Gray, Andrea Watkins, and Connie O’Mara. For years she was a member of the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre, performing several featured and solo roles. In addition, she has taken classes at the Martha Graham School in New York.
Belén holds degrees in psychology from Amherst College, a master’s in Social Work with children and youth from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
In addition, in the summer of 2016 she will complete the required coursework for her program through the 92Y Harkness Dance Center to become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT).