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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
 

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sbellSIDRA BELL (Artistic Director), is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.

Ms. Bell has won several awards, notably a prestigious 1st Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Her critically acclaimed choreography and company has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil and Greece. Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY, Inc.) was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for ReVUE, and in the 2012 Year in Review in ArtsATL’s notable performances for Nudity.

Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and created over 100 new works, with companies of distinction such as BODYTRAFFIC (CA), Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, The Juilliard School (NY), River North Chicago Dance Company, Ailey II (NY), LEVYdance, Robert Moses’ KIN (CA), Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School (CA), Uppercut Dansteater (DEN), Motto Dans Kolectif (TUR), Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (NY), Tisch School of the Arts (NY), University of Utah, August Wilson Dance Ensemble (PA), Point Park University (PA), University of Michigan, The Ailey School (NY), Barnard College (NY), New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (NY), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (PA), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NY), Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NY), Springboard Danse Montréal, The Duo Theater (NY), Purchase College Conservatory of Dance (NY), National Choreographer’s Initiative (Irvine, CA), Visceral Dance Chicago, University of the Arts (PA), Five College Dance Department (MA), and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company.

In 2012, Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film TEST set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985 — written/directed by Chris Mason Johnson (Frankfurt Ballet/White Oak Project). TEST was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest. In 2013-14 the film has had many screenings at festivals worldwide, including The Seattle Film Festival, Frameline37 (San Francisco), Outfest (L.A.), Berlinale, and New York City Lincoln Center's NewFest Festival. The movie is currently enjoying its theatrical release and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. In February 2014, Ms. Bell directed the workshop of a new play, Loving Obama-Fatherless Sons, written by visual artist/author John Ransom Phillips.

Ms. Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative approach & technique was featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Studio Life Magazine. She has taught her unique creative practice, Contemporary Systems — an interior & material approach, at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States.

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