Ruth Botchan

Ruth Botchan is the artistic director of The Ruth Botchan Dance Company and director of Berkeley Moving Arts where she has been teaching, performing and choreographing for thirty years. She is a member of the board of directors of Choreographers’ Performance Alliance, and a founding member of Terrain, a Dance and Performance Collective. She often hosts other choreographers at her studio Western Sky in Berkeley California at such events as Dance-a-Rama, a yearly performance event in celebration of National Dance Week.

Her dances have been performed in the San Francisco Bay Area at such venues as ODC in San Francisco, Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley, Sacramento State University Theater, and the East Bay Dance Series at Laney College Theater in Oakland. She has received support from the Zellerbach Community Arts Fund, the Berkeley Civic Arts Fund, and the East Bay Foundation.

In the summer of 2008 The Ruth Botchan Dance Company was invited to perform in Poland, at the White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw, and the International Dance Festival in Ladek Zroj. In January, 2010 the company performed at the Erick Hawkins Centennial Symposium at the 92nd Street Y in New York. In Febrary, 2012, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary with a concert at Western Sky called “Some Things Old & Some Things New”.

The Oakland tribune wrote of her work that it “fused beauty, fate and synchronicity in a simple satisfying shape… Botchan seemed to find movement that unfurled with opalescent lightness.”