Who We Are

BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, known internationally for its Los Angeles-grown, contagious vivacity. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC continues to push boundaries and establish Los Angeles as a city known for dance. The company is deeply committed to producing acclaimed works by distinctive choreographic voices, all while surging to the forefront of the contemporary dance world.

Named “the company of the future”, and called “one of the most talked-about companies - not just in LA, but nationwide” by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for its high caliber work and palpable love of dance. BODYTRAFFIC is home to an exceptionally versatile family of world-renowned dancers who have trained with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Juilliard School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and more.

“Six dancers displayed fierce technique. The company is a welcome addition to the local dance scene.”

- Los Angeles Times, Victoria Looseleaf

BODYTRAFFIC’s diverse repertory includes original works by McArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, Stijn Celis, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Matthew Neenan, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, and many more incredible choreographers. BODYTRAFFIC seamlessly pays homage to traditional styles and techniques, while forging the way for contemporary dance of today.

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In the last 5 years, BODYTRAFFIC has grown exponentially both in its programming and education + outreach endeavors.

  • 180+ Performances in 28 states within US as well as in Algeria, Canada, Holland, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea
  • 30+ Workshops and Master Classes for LA Community
  • 15 Residencies where BODYTRAFFIC’s repertory has been re-staged
  • 14 new works
  • 90,000+ Audience members
  • 20,000+ Students

BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals around the world. In 2016, BODYTRAFFIC made its Hollywood Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2017-2018, the company celebrated its 10th season with an international tour to more than 20 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg for the CONTEXT Diana Vishneva Festival, and The Hague, Netherlands for The Holland Dance Festival. The season culminated with performances at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

BODYTRAFFIC’s extensive outreach and education program touches lives at home in Los Angeles and throughout the world. The company’s artistic directors and dancers provide training opportunities for pre-professional and professional dancers, as well as customized dance experiences for people of all walks of life, with an emphasis on sharing with underserved populations.

“BODYTRAFFIC displays sheer animal magnetism...”

- San Francisco Weekly, Irene Hsiao

“It’s all green lights for BODYTRAFFIC”

- Los Angeles Times, Laura Bleiberg

“…one of the most talked-about young companies, not just in L.A. but nationwide…”

- Los Angeles Times, Laura Bleiberg

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In 2015, BODYTRAFFIC was selected by the Obama Administration to be cultural ambassadors of the United States to Israel and Jordan via DanceMotion USA℠, a dynamic cultural diplomacy program that supports United States foreign policy goals by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, cultural exchange, and performance. Produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), DanceMotion USA℠ is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. BODYTRAFFIC has also served as cultural ambassadors of the United States in South Korea (2016), in Algeria (2017-2018), and in Indonesia (2018).

BODYTRAFFIC has received generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Sydney D. Holland Foundation, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Jewish University, Loyola Marymount University, and The Agency.

“BODYTRAFFIC suggests invention, attitude, and urban edge.”

- The Boston Globe, Karen Campbell