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MADISON HICKS (Dancer) received her BFA from The Juilliard School in May 2018 and her MFA in Choreography in 2021 from California Institute of the Arts. Madison was a 2021 Jacob’s Pillow Ann and Weston Hicks Choreographic Fellow. She is the Director and Founder of Moving Forward Dallas, an innovative dance intensive and Non-Profit Organization for young artists. Madison is a freelance creator, performer, and educator based in NYC. She has been commissioned by Ballet Arkansas, Avant Chamber Ballet, New York Dance Project, Mash-Up Contemporary Dance company, Ballet Project OC, Water Street Dance Milwaukee, Lindenwood University, and others to create new work. Madison has also presented work at Palm Desert Choreography Festival, LA Dance Festival, and Boston Dance Festival, along with premiering her recent solo work “Sparkle with a K” at The Navel Theater in Downtown Los Angeles in 2020. She has been a guest choreographer for Booker T. Washington HSPVA Rep II Ensemble, The University of Texas at Austin, Center of Creative Arts, Houston MET Too, San Diego Civic Center, and The Windward School along with rigorously teaching artists of all ages. Madison is currently a faculty member for Steps on Broadway and REVEL Dance Convention. She was a full-time company member with LA Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied for the 2018/2019 season. She was a 2013 YoungArts winner for modern dance, 2014 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee and a guest artist in the 2014 YoungArts Presidential Scholar Gala under the direction of Bill T. Jones. She has performed works by Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Emily Molnar, Kyle Abraham, Ohad Naharin, Peter Chu, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Aszure Barton, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Benjamin Millepied, and Pam Tanowitz. This is Madison’s first season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.

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MIO ISHIKAWA (Dancer, she/her) is a movement artist based in New York City with a deep interest in collaborations across multiple artistic mediums. A native of Tokyo Japan, she began training in classical dance forging a strong interest in the performing arts. She received her BFA in dance at the Juilliard School in New York City in 2019. Mio is currently a performer with Company Stefanie Batten Bland, BODYSONNET and ChristinaNoel and the Creature. Mio has performed the repertories by Iván Pérez, Alejandro Cerrudo, Roy Assaf, Twyla Tharp, Helen Simoneau, Mark Morris among many others. During the pandemic in 2020, Mio was back in Tokyo and assisted Mariko Kakizaki (former dancer of L.E.V) and Ryu Suzuki (associate choreographer of Dance Base Yokohama) in Tokyo. Mio continues to nurture her own multidisciplinary art by collaborating across mediums with artists like, American artist Dan Colen, visual artists Shana and Robert ParkeHarrison, cello player Ken Kubota, jazz pianist Isiah Thompson, High Line Nine Gallery in Chelsea Manhattan among many others. She’s expected to be certified Ilan Lev Practitioner in 2022. This is Mio’s first season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.

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KIMIE PARKER (Dancer) is originally from San Diego, California where she attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. In 2019, she earned her BFA in Dance from Point Park University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. Throughout her education, she has performed works by José Limón, Donald McKayle, Kyle Abraham, Sasha Waltz, Sidra Bell, Alexandra Damiani, Larry Keigwin, Tyce Diorio, Jason McDole, Maree ReMalia, and Garfield Lemonius. In 2017, Kimie was awarded Outstanding Junior Dance Major by Point Park University for academic and artistic achievement. She has received additional training from Springboard Danse Montreal, NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Limón Dance Company, AXIS Connect, and San Diego Dance Theater. Kimie is in her third season with Sidra Bell Dance New York and has taught for the company at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, Marymount Manhattan College, and University of the Arts.

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UMA SHANNON (Dancer, they/them) received their BA in Dance and Choreography from Bennington College, VT, where they studied under the direction of Dana Reitz, Elena Demyanenko, with the enrichment of guest teachers such as Eleanor Bauer, Miguel Gutierrez, Tere O’Connor, among many others. While completing their BA at Bennington College they took a semester abroad to study at Den Danske Scenekunstskole, CPH, DK under the directorship of Rasmus Ölme, Tiziana Fracchiolla, Jennifer Lacey, Quim Bigas, and Malin Astner. They attended the LINES Ballet Training Program, SF 2015-2019 as a scholarship student where they worked with numerous artists in and around the Bay Area including but not exclusively Alonzo King, David Harvey, Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, and the late Kathleen Hermesdorf. Uma has worked as a model and performing artist, appearing in multiple films and music videos over the last 6 years. They most recently shot their first leading role in a short independent film by Director Laura Nasmyth and Choreographer Elio Gervasi in March, 2021, Tenerife, Spain. This is Uma’s third season with Sidra Bell Dance New York, and they are excited to continue to evolve as an artist under contemporary conditions. 

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GILBERT T SMALL II Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Gilbert’s formal training started at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in 2009. While at Purchase, he studied abroad at Codarts in Rotterdam, an opportunity that shifted his perspective, pushing him to investigate and explore the multifaceted nature of the art form. Small was a leading artist with the internationally acclaimed Ballet British Columbia under the leadership of Emily Molnar. During his ten years with the company, he worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Emily Molnar, and Cayetano Soto to name a few. As a senior artist with Ballet BC, he was asked to take on the role of Rehearsal Director for the company’s fall 2017 season. Small is a mentor to many emerging artists here and abroad and serves as guest faculty for institutions internationally, cultivating relationships and connections across many demographics and communities. Currently, Gilbert is Company Director for Gibney Company. Gilbert originated principal roles with SBDNY as a company artist for several years since 2009. He has also been a rehearsal director, dramaturge and choreographic assistant for the company in many capacities nationally.

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CHANNCE WILLIAMS (Dancer, he/him) began his training at the Center of Creative Arts and Central Visual & Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, MO. He attended Point Park University, where he received his BFA in Dance in 2020. Throughout his endeavors, he has performed both new and restaged works by Kyle Abraham, Hannah Garner, Sidra Bell, Martha Nichols, Aszure Barton, Maxine Doyle, and José Limón, among several others. He has also attended training programs at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nutmeg Conservatory, and Springboard Danse Montréal. His work was featured in the Screendance Miami Festival, produced by Miami Light Project. He worked as a dance artist with GroundWorks DanceTheatre for the 2021 season under the direction of David Shimotakahara. While with GroundWorks, he participated in various forms of creative process and performance, including dance on film and the restaging of archival works, as well as performing new repertoire by guest choreographers. Channce is deeply interested in exploring ways of presenting narratives through various mediums of expression, and is excited to continue to investigate different facets of his creative interests as an ever-expanding artist and human. This is Channce’s first season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.

Umi Akiyoshi Photography 2022