Under the auspices of the Ford Foundation, Cecelia Beam began training in the Bay Area with Tricia Kaye, who trained under Willam Christensen. She later received training at School of American Ballet and graduated from the high school ballet program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Beam went on to earn a master’s degree in ballet at Indiana University and has taught at universities and private schools including Mills College, Indiana University, and her own studio in the Oakland Hills. Most recently, she received instructor training with the Dance for PD program—a dance program developed by Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group.
For more than 10 years, Beam coordinated SF Ballet’s Adult Education and Audience Engagement programs including the Pointes of View lecture series, Meet the Artist interviews, Visiting Scholar Program, and Ballet 101, 201, and 202.