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Bethany Puente



Bethany was born and raised in New Jersey. Coming from a Dominican family she has always had a passion for dance since a young girl. Beginning at the age of three, Bethany attended dance classes at local studios in her area training in ballet, hip hop, contemporary, acro, latin, jazz, tap and street jazz. During these years of training Bethany has been awarded scholarships from Monsters of Hip Hop, NRG Dance Project, Titans of Dance, Adrenaline Dance Convention and several other conventions/competitions. After joining a competition team she began training with her lifetime teacher and mentor, Courtney Lynch. Her mentor taught her the value of dance as well as the importance of artistry through dance, which has had a lasting effect on Bethany’s career.

 

On top of her training, Bethany has included her love for helping and inspiring others through dance. She has taken part in non-profit organizations and community events in the New Jersey area that perform at places such as The American Cancer Society, Palisades Diabetes Foundation and Anti-Bullying events. She continued to work hard and train while also teaching the next generation of students. She volunteered to teach a program for YMCA encouraging and informing children about the importance of dance and exercise as well as teaching at The Source Dance Lab. Since teaching, Bethany realized how much she enjoyed the process of making art.

Since then she has choreographed and co-choreographed political and influential pieces for Love is Love Highline Ballroom, World of Dance, NYU Tisch Dance and has taught at The Source Dance Lab Summer Intensives. After graduating high school as an honor student, she decided to attend New York University to obtain her Bachelors of Fine Arts as a Dance major. She moved to New York to continue her education and passion. New York is where Bethany has learned elements of choreography, performance, acting, music and the history of the dance culture. She has been influenced by so many talented artists around her while attending school, training at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance during her free time and meeting many contemporary choreographers in the city. Bethany will be finishing up her last year as a dance major in 2018. During this time she will be dancing in pieces with choreographers; Sonyah Tayeh, Ronald K. Brown and Paul Taylor Dance Company. With the help of her supportive parents and sisters, Bethany remains a humble and positive spirit in and out of the studio, hoping to share her talent with the world. 


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