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Britta Joy Peterson is a choreographer, collaborator and educator. Raised in the midwest, creatively pressure-cooked by the southwest, liberated by the pacific northwest, and cracked open by the wild west, BJP is now an east-coast creative based in Washington, DC.  Recent choreographic works have been seen at venues such as Sibu International Dance Festival—Sarawak, Malaysia, University Settlement—New York City, NY, Dance Place—Washington, DC, Triskelion Arts—Brooklyn, NY, Imagination Stage—Bethesda, MD, Sonics Immersive Media Lab—London, UK,  and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts—Washington, DC. BJP’s current research interests includes the prioritization of macro structure in the choreographic act, design integration and curricular design for the dynamic arts environment. Her work has recently been supported by the DC Commission for Humanities and the Arts, the Mellon Fund at American University, Aunt Karen’s Farm—Mt. Vision, NY, The Iron Factory – Philadelphia, PA, Bainbridge Dance Center—Bainbridge Island, WA, and Great River Educational Arts Theatre—Waite Park, MN.

BJP also specializes in dance for the theatrical stage, developing fresh material for classic plays and musicals, and devising choreographies and movement languages for new theatre works. BJP will kick off her two-year Artist in Residence term at Dance Place in DC with the premiere of “And Now, or Hold Me” in September, and will premiere “Frequencies”, commissioned by the Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project in October.


BJP is an active educator, both in university and professional settings. She is the Director of Dance at American University in DC where is was the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Mentorship award, and co-recipient of the 2017 Anne S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award. She holds her BA in Dance and Communications, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College and her MFA in Dance, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University.