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  • Date: April 5, 2024 Fri
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Hough Concert Hall
  • Tickets: $10-$40

$40, $25, $15.
Groups of 10+: $37, $22, $12.
Groups of 20+: $35, $20, $10.

Doors open for seating open 1 hr prior to show.

BEACON returns to the Palladium for another evening of movement and expression! BEACON is an annual contemporary dance series whose mission is to provide a professional dance performance experience specifically for St. Petersburg. Co-founded and co-produced by St. Petersburg natives, Helen Hansen French and Lauren Ree Slone, this series grew out of their strong desire to provide more opportunities for professional dancers and multidisciplinary artists to create and share high-quality work with the local community.


Helen Hansen French

Helen Hansen French (BEACON co-founder, co-producer), received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2001 and her MFA from Hollins University in 2019. She was invited to join Buglisi Dance Theatre in 2001 and has been a principal dancer as well as rehearsal director. Tobi Tobias of the NYC Village Voice hailed her as “altogether luminous”, and Nancy Wozny of ArtsHouston says her, “generous and radiant performance stands out.” She has toured nationally and internationally and been instrumental in staging BDT’s works at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pieve International School in Italy, North Carolina Dance Theater, and numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Helen is committed to arts education and contributing to the community in which she lives. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and serves on the board of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

As a choreographer and movement maker Mrs. French focuses on collaborations and exploring the relationship between dance and other art forms. In support of these endeavors she has been awarded a 2015, 2016 and 2017 Individual Artist Grant from the City of St. Petersburg and she was also a 2016 Creative Pinellas Artist Fellow.

Mrs. French is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and has been adjunct faculty at George Mason University, The Juilliard School, The Neighborhood Playhouse, John Hopkins Middle School. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough Community College.


Lauren Ree Slone (BEACON co-founder, co-producer) is a lifelong student of dance and a choreographic systems thinker who creates many different ways of connecting people and ideas. She earned a BA in Religious Studies and minor in Philosophy from West Virginia University, and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. After her appointment as Artistic Director of Morgantown Dance, she held a Ballet Lecturer teaching fellowship at FSU, was the first Maggie Allesee National Center for the Arts Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, and pursued choreographic research in Israel, Spain, and France. She’s received PS122 RAMP and Lillian E. Smith Center residencies, and her work has been presented at the Wassaic Art Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York City, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, and The Palladium Theater.

Currently, Lauren is the MAP Fund Director of Grants & Research. At MAP, Lauren oversees the core grantmaking vision, strategy, and operations. She is deeply focused on aligning MAP’s structural practices with its mission and values in efforts to facilitate a truly iterative, responsive, and anti-oppressive resource distribution process. Her recent writing on MAP’s ongoing evolution can be found in Americans for the Arts’ curated ARTSblog Salon and the GIA Reader. Over the past decade, she has also collaborated with various arts organizations across the United States to build infrastructure and opportunities for artists via the founding and/or design of new education, producing, residency, and presentation programs. She travels globally to support live performance.

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