MARISA CHRISTOGEORGE was born in Vancouver, BC and began her classical training at the Richmond Academy of Dance. Marisa studied at several notable ballet schools including Canada’s National Ballet School and Boston Ballet School. In 2016, Marisa received her post-graduate training from San Francisco Conservatory Of Dance. She worked closely with Artistic director Summer-Lee Rhatigan, and other artists such as Bobbi Jene Smith, Christian Burns, Alex Ketley, Katie Faulkner, and Tristan Ching. Marisa has performed works by Bobbi Jene Smith, David Harvey, Ohad Naharin, Micaela Taylor, and Sharon Eyal among many others. Marisa was a dancer at Springboard Danse Montréal in the summer of 2018 and worked under the direction of Alexandra Wells. This is Marisa's second season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.
AJ LIBERT from Pittsburgh, PA, started his training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) at the age of three. He continued his training at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, and graduated from PBT’s full-time program. After CAPA he then attended Point Park University where he graduated with his BFA in Modern Dance. Upon graduation, AJ moved to Dallas, TX as a company member in Joshua L. Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. Throughout his dance career he has been given the opportunity to work with artists such as MADBOOTS DANCE, Gregory Dolbashian, and Helen Simoneau. AJ would like to thank his two beautiful mothers. Without them he would not be where he is today. This is his first season with Sidra Bell Dance New York
KIMIE PARKER originally from San Diego, California trained at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts under the direction of Cynthia Morales. She holds a BFA in Dance from Point Park University where she had the opportunity to perform works by Kyle Abraham, Alexandra Damiani, José Limón, Jason McDole, and Garfield Lemonius. There, she was recognized for her performance and choreographic work “On/Off” (2017). Kimie has attended numerous intensives, most notably Springboard Danse Montréal and NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH where she worked with choreography by Sasha Waltz and Joseph Hernandez. This is her first season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.
SOPHIA HALIMAH PARKER is from Berkeley, California. She received her early training at Berkeley City Ballet under the direction of Elizabeth Godfrey. From 2014 to 2015, Sophia was a member of ODC's Dance Jam, a youth ensemble under the direction of Dexandro Montalvo and Kimi Okada. She received her BFA in Dance from The Ailey School/Fordham University BFA Program. She has performed works by Adam Barruch, Bobbi Jene Smith, Brenda Way, and KT Nelson among others. Sophia made her performance debut with SBDNY Company at New York Live Arts in the summer of 2018 as an apprentice. This is Sophia's second season with Sidra Bell Dance New York following one year as the company apprentice.
UMA SHANNON from the New England area, started classical ballet training at the age of 14 at East Street Ballet, Hadley MA. In 2014 she continued her ballet education on scholarship as a ballet trainee at The Hartt School, Hartford, CT. She trained under Samantha Dunster and Susannah Isreal-Marchese. In 2017 she graduated from the LINES Ballet Training Program, San Francisco, CA, where she worked had opportunity to work with Kathleen Hermesdorf, David Harvey, Shannon Gillen, Sidra Bell, to name a few. Uma is receiving her BA at Bennington College, VT where she studies performing arts, visual arts, and SCT. For fall 2019, Uma attended the Danish National School of Performing Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, on exchange where she researched and performed advanced work with the graduating class. She was a 2019 winter Research Fellow with Sidra Bell Dance New York. This is her first season with the company.
JONATHAN CAMPBELL is the Rehearsal Master & Dramaturge for Sidra Bell Dance New York and has worked side by side with the company as a collaborator in the creation and re-staging of many works. He spent five seasons as an artist with the company from 2010-2015, touring to perform and teach internationally. Campbell holds a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School where he performed works by Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Aszure Barton and Johannes Wieland. As a freelance artist, he has danced with The Dash Ensemble and GALLIM in New York City. In 2011 Jonathan co-founded MADBOOTS DANCE with Austin Diaz. The company has since toured nationally and internationally. The company was named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2016 and has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including- The Inception to Exhibition Space Grant, DANCENOW’s Joe’s Pub Festival Challenge Winter, Creative Development Residencies at Jacob’s Pillow, and Choreographers On Campus at Lafayette College. In just six years the company’s athletic and poignant choreography has been sought after for teaching and commissions by various companies and schools, including SUNY Purchase, Point Park University, Desales University, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and Whim W’Him.
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