Belle Alvarez is an artist and educator working with dance and social engagement at the intersections of art, activism, and interfaith organizing.
Using interdisciplinary collaboration to inform her choreography, facilitation, and community engagement practice, Belle aims to offer a joyful, healing, nourishing experience that catalyzes reflection, unity, and collective transformation. Belle creates evocative, story driven performance and designs projects for youth and intergenerational communities throughout PA, NJ, and DE.
Belle has been awarded residencies through Leah Stein Dance Company (2018), the Painted Bride Art Center (2017), and Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre (2016). In recent years, she trained with Contra-Tiempo, LA-based Urban Latin Dance Theater company, and Maria Bauman, NYC-based alumna of Urban Bush Women.
An artist-activist, Belle has an ongoing relationship with Sanctuary Advocate Coalition, the Aquinas Center, and Arch Street United Methodist Church, where she employs creative tools to assist in direct actions and cultivate resilience among local migrants, allies, and organizers of color.
As a project based performer, Belle has been in featured in work by Sean Thomas Boyt, New Street Dance Group, Jennifer D. Yackel, Jessica Warchal-King, and Evan Hoffman, among others. Past ensemble work includes projects with Carnival De Resistance (2016-2018), Just Act (2015-2017), and the Kimmel Center’s Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA, 2016 and 2018).
Belle earned her BFA in Dance from Temple University where she performed in works by Jillian Harris, Colleen Hooper Performance Projects, Dance Exchange, Charles O. Anderson/Dance Theatre X, Larry Keigwin, and Beau Hancock, and trained additionally with Laura Katz Rizzo and Kun-Yang Lin.
An active arts educator honored with a scholarship from the Bartol Foundation in 2016 and selected for a Trauma Informed Practice for Teaching Artists training in 2018, Belle educates children K-12 as a Teaching Artist with award-winning Pierre Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms and Friends Central School. Past arts in education residencies include programs with Koresh Dance Company, Yes! And... Collaborative Arts, Art-Reach, and Live Connections.
Belle is an Associate of Performance instructing Modern II at Swarthmore College.