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Artistic Director Beth Braun

Meet Beth Braun | Dancer/Choreographer, Dance Educator, Founder/Artistic Director -

We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Braun and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beth, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
My mother was a true Ballet lover and when I was five years old she took me to see my first of many New York City Ballet performances. We took the train into New York City, ate at an outdoor café at Lincoln Center, and then saw the performance. It was love at first sight! I clearly remember the red velvet seats of the theater, the chandelier, the enormous crowd all dressed up in their finest clothing, the live orchestra, and the absolutely beautiful dancers.


On the train ride back to our home on Long Island, my mother asked me if I wanted to learn how to dance and although I never did become a professional ballerina, here I am many years later still dancing, teaching, choreographing and using my art to help to make positive change in my community.

I attended State University of New York at Brockport and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. When my father and I initially visited SUNY Brockport, we met with one of the Dance Professors to discuss careers in dance. My father was especially concerned regarding how I would be able to support myself as a dancer. The Professor talked a great deal about becoming a dance educator, which was not my plan at all. I only wanted to have a performance career, although I started teaching dance my sophomore year in college.

CanvasRebel Magazine Interview

Canvas Rebel Interview: Meet Beth Braun 


"We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Beth Braun a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?

For me the most rewarding aspect of being an artist is the opportunity I have every day to impact the lives of people who experience my art. My experience with art has been that I have the ability to communicate in a deeper way that mere words may not be able. It is incredibly rewarding for me to be able to express myself in a positive way and have the opportunity to inspire others through my art. I have personally seen how challenging and overwhelming life can be. Dance has literally saved my life numerous times and I feel grateful and honored to be able to inspire and share a sense of hope with others who might be experiencing their own challenges through my art. Equally rewarding is having the means to spread passion, beauty and joy through dance."

Arizona Lotus Radio Interview

September 2021 Interview with Artistic Director Beth Braun on Lifestyle Tucson through the Arizona Lotus Corp Radio Station. Thank you for listening!

EDP Interview with Lifestyle TucsonEsperanza Dance Project
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Featured Article

Meet Beth Braun 

VoyagePhoenix Magazine - Inspiring Stories Series

Getting Over the Pain 
EDP's Premiere Performance

Tucson Weekly, 6/16/2011 

Stop Rape: Take Back the Night
EDP performs at Take Back the Night on the University of Arizona Campus, 2012

Tucson Citizen, 4/9/2012

Dance Project Raises Awareness on Abuse
EDP performs at Pima Community College

Arizona Daily Wildcat 11/04/2014

Casa Libre, October 2011

Photograph(s) of the Week: Esperanza Dance Project Debuts

University High School - The Perspective February 2012

Esperanza Dance Project: November 20th Show

University High School - The Perspective December 2011

Esperanza Dance Project “House of Hope”

University High School - The Perspective February 2015

What Does Esperanza Mean to You?

University High School - The Perspective February 2015

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