Uniting Community Through the Wonder of Art!
Since 1974, Tandy Beal & Company, has created original concerts in dance, theatre, circus, and music. TBC has toured on four continents, with an Eastern European tour funded by the State Dept., and two Asian tours funded by Japan-US Friendship Commission. TBC has toured 120 works from Anchorage to Zurich, Zagreb to Atlanta, Aptos to Zayante!
With collaboration a hallmark, TBC has worked with: Moscow Circus, Frank Zappa, Korean National Treasure AeJu Lee, washi artist Ibe Kyoko, Carl Sagan, Esperanza del Valle, Corazon en Flor, SoVoSó, composers Lou Harrison, John Adams, Hi Kyung Kim and for 30+ years with Bobby McFerrin and 40+ years with Jon Scoville. The Pickle Family Circus was under TBC leadership from '92-'00. TBC is featured in the PBS special, Voice/Dance which won 3 Emmy Awards. Ms. Beal also choreographed all the major characters in Tim Burton's movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.
At the vanguard of non-profit entrepreneurship, TBC has tailor-made corporate shows for Pixar, LucasFilms, Oracle, 49ers, Oracle, Coca-Cola, SGI, LucasFilms. For more info Click Here!
A community leader, TBC has made benefit shows to raise money for other organizations, such as S.F. Symphony, Lobero Theatre, Dominican Hospital, AIDS Project, Hospice, Cesar Chavez Library and Institute for Noetic Sciences. Following our hearts and belief that art should be accessible to all and is essential for developing creativity and empathy for one another, our annual arts education program, ArtSmart (which reaches 90% low-income children) is offered for free, and in 2014-15 will reach 20,000 kids, teachers and families. (ARTSMART LINK)
Building bridges with our community is an organizational pillar for TBC and to that end we developed the Japan CulturalFair, Cafezinho (with Bookshop Santa Cruz), Carnival Santa Cruz (with Kuumbwa Jazz Center) and Discover Dance! the first world dance concert and classes in Santa Cruz in the early 80’s.
Awards to TBC include: Americans for the Arts, Bay Area Dance's Izzy for Innovation, American Film Institute, National Choreography Project, commendations from California Legislature, and other awards for excellence in arts and children's programming. TBC has been recognized by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, James Irvine Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, Fleishhacker Foundation, Utah Humanities, Utah Museums, Community Foundations, 20+ grants in dance, circus and theatre from National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.
Moving Forward: Celebrating 40 Odd Years of "uniting community through the wonder of art", TBC is expanding our successful arts education pilot program, ArtSmart, to bring free professional performances to over 20,000 students, teachers and families, mostly in low-income schools. And for the first time in 10 years, Tandy will be performing a solo concert at the Cabrillo Theatre. TBC is also launching the First Saturday Family Concert Series in downtown Santa Cruz to make professional performances accessible to children and families as well as a new pilot program, In Your Shoes: Empathy Art Actions. Stay tuned for more amazing works and performances coming to a stage, sidewalk or classroom near you!
Excellence, flexibility and accessibility are values that underpin our choices. With artworks and education, we strive to develop and support emerging and established artists, create partnerships with organizations to reach larger mutual goals, and unite community through the wonder of art.