Mission: I facilitate meaningful connection with the body through dance theater performance and intergenerational arts education for the purpose of community building, transformation, and fostering creative dialogue that is rooted in kinesthetic empowerment.
I am committed to crafting evocative, socially relevant dance theater informed by lived experience. Sometimes the dance is autobiographical and sometimes the dance is the modality that unites us around a common journey.
My process focuses on the body as the guardian of memory and captures kinetic response throughout improvisation, sound, writing, and task-based research. We dialogue, move, observe, and collate, in any order.
The design of my work, processed collaboratively, blends movement and non-linear narrative. It’s about capturing a glimpse of the human experience-who we are within the story. It’s influenced by contemporary, post modern, and social dance vocabulary. We move according to how we were taught throughout classical training, celebrations, and in sacred spaces; acknowledging that our culture is reflected in our body’s native language.
For the communities that experience the work, I aim to offer an experience of vigor in which the infectious joy of creating, performing, and witnessing artful vision through dance offers healing and illumination-that our imagination through dance making leads to change within ourselves and the worlds we identify with.
News: Belle is thrilled to embark on the Painted Bride Art Center's BrideNext project as an artist in residence!
Belle Alvarez is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She spent the first half of her childhood in Manila, Philippines before immigrating to the USA. Belle’s projects as a Dance Artist span across performance, education programs, community engagement, and activism throughout the Philadelphia region.
As a project based performer, Belle has been featured in work presented by the Kimmel Center, Sean Thomas Boyt, Jennifer D. Yackel, Jessica Warchal-King/The Embodiment Project, and Evan Hoffman, among others.
Her work has been performed at FringeArts, the Outlet Dance Project, Performance Garage, Inhale Performance Series, and Koresh Artist Showcase. Interdisciplinary collaborations include work with music artists Cory Neale and Julian Hartwell. Belle was a featured artist in Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre’s HATCH Series.
An active arts educator honored with a scholarship from the Bartol Foundation, Belle educates K-12 children as a Teaching Artist with award-winning Pierre Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms, Yes! And… Collaborative Arts, Koresh Dance Company, and Friends Central School. In addition to her work with youth, Belle leads open level modern dance classes for adults as well as professional development workshops for teaching artists and arts administrators.
Belle earned her BFA in Dance from Temple University.