Robert Bettmann is a professional communicator. He is also husband to Fani, and father to Liora, and a resident of Ward 4 in the District of Columbia. For additional detail, see here.
Connect with me on LinkedIn / contact me via email: RobBettmann@gmail.com
Disorganized Bio in Need of Update and Revision:
Robert is the Manager of Digital Communications for Taxpayers for Common Sense. Taxpayers for Common Sense is a nonpartisan federal budget watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. in the United States. Prior to serving with Taxpayers, Robert was a freelance website designer who built platforms, and designed brands. As a freelancer, Robert was appreciated not only for his technical delivery, but his ability to identify and establish productive content strategy hierarchies, and train staff. He has been a presenter and teacher on digital media to businesses, community groups, and artist groups including Knowledge Commons DC, Rockville Art League, Hamiltonian Artists, and others.
He currently blogs for the Huffington Post, and Clyde Fitch Report.
Robert Bettmann is the founder and Executive Director of Day Eight. He attended Oberlin College and received his BA in Environmental Studies in 1997. As a sophomore he received an A. W. Mellon Foundation grant to complete research in ecological design, and between his sophomore and junior year he spent a year working in Washington, D.C. – first as an intern for the Inter-American Dialogue, and subsequently as a research assistant for the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environment and Security Program. After graduation Mr. Bettmann was honored to spend a year on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City before joining W.W. Norton as an Editorial Assistant for Science books. In 1998 and 1999 he danced for Sudden Enlightment Theater, a fusion contemporary/traditional Korean dance company for which he performed traditional bara dances.
Mr. Bettmann was granted a Fellowship to pursue his Masters in Dance at American University in 2002. He received Young Emerging Artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2002 and 2004 for his choreographic work. As the Artistic Director of the dance company Bettmann Dances (founded 2009), The Examiner described the company’s premiere evening length work as, “an example of artistic craftsmanship.” In addition to his own projects, Mr. Bettmann has danced for: Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Alexandria Ballet, Jane Franklin and others. As a choreographer his work has been presented at the Dance Complex (Boston), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Gallapagos Artspace (Brooklyn), SUNYPurchase (Doug Varone Intensive), Washington Ballet Studios (D.C.), Jack Guidone Theater (D.C.), and The Ark at the American Dance Festival (North Carolina.)
He is the author of the book Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body (2009, Verlag), and is a leading thinker connecting dance and environmentalism. In 2005 he founded the arts magazine Bourgeon, and continues as Managing Editor. His writing has been featured in: Somatics, Contact Quarterly, Bilerico, Ovationtv.com, Dance Enthusiast, the Mid-Atlantic Almanac, and Bourgeon. As a scholar he has published on the Romantic Ballet and the ballerina Marie Taglioni, and you can read an article about Mlle. Taglioni by Mr. Bettmann here.
Mr. Bettmann is the founding Board Chair of the DC Advocates for the Arts, and serves the District of Columbia as State Captain at the Americans for the Arts national arts advocacy day, and in the State Arts Action Network. You can read an example of Mr. Bettmann’s arts advocacy writing here.
To learn more about the dance company Bettmann Dances, click through to the company’s website, or become a fan on facebook. Here’s an excerpt from the review of the company’s first evening length show, which premiered in July, 2009:
“Somewhere over Washington, D.C. this week Dylan Thomas is smiling. Robert Bettmann took Thomas’s film script, The Doctor and the Devils, and churned it with his creative sensibility until the cream rose to the top. Skimming off the lyricism he created a new work, “All Good Men”… It is truly a jewel and a tribute to the commonalities between poetry, literature and dance…. Bettmann has created a work of art that establishes his ability to mine gold out of our literary vaults and craft his discoveries into complex and beautiful pieces… Its a work that serves as an example of artistic craftsmanship and one that should inspire writers and poets to think of their work in terms of dance.”
The company is currently creating a year long project about Security, and you can visit the dedicated project website here.