SIDRA BELL DANCE NEW YORK
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. She is a freelance choreographer, educator, and performer based in NYC. In 2022, she received the Orsolina28 “Call for Creation” residency for her project, “Corrupt(ed)”. Madison was one of eight choreographers chosen for The Jacobs Pillow Ann and Weston Hicks Choreographic Fellowship in 2021. In the Summer of 2022, she was a guest choreographer at The Juilliard School’s Summer Intensive. In the Fall of 2022, she is thrilled to be commissioned by The Fordham Ailey BFA program, Peabody University, and Vitacca Ballet for new creations. She is the Director and Founder of Moving Forward Dallas, an innovative dance intensive and Non-Profit Organization for young artists. 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 at Steps on Broadway. 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 second season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.
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 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 a founding member and associate director of BODYSONNET since 2019. Mio will be a certified Ilan Lev practitioner in September 2022. Mio has been a teaching artist on behalf of SBDNY at the company's MODULE Laboratory and Tisch Summer Dance Festival (NYU). She is re-staging company repertory at Mercyherst University this fall. This is Mio’s second season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.
KIMIE PARKER (Rehearsal Director/Dancer) is originally from San Diego, California where she attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Kimie earned her BFA in Dance from Point Park University in 2019, 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. Kimie was awarded the 2017 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 has also danced for Kostas Contemporary (2022). In 2019, Kimie joined Sidra Bell Dance New York and has since taught on behalf of the company at numerous universities and conservatories including SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, Marymount Manhattan College, University of the Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Summer Dance Festival), and University of Michigan. She has also been a teaching artist at the company's MODULE Laboratory. This is her 4th season with the company and 1st season as rehearsal director.
AJ LIBERT (Dancer) from Pittsburgh, PA, started his dance training at the age of three. He graduated from PBT’s full time program, and then attended Point Park University where he received a BFA in Modern dance. AJ enjoys the complexities that movement exploration has to offer. Combining his love for the natural world with his love for movement drives AJ to continue to find deeper connections between the two, in hopes to merge both worlds seamlessly. AJ would like to thank his two beautiful mothers, without them he would not be where he is today. AJ was a MODULE Artist with SBDNY in 2019. He returns for his third season as a company artist with Sidra Bell Dance New York
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. Uma was an SBDNY Research Fellow in 2019. The have been a teaching artist on behalf of the company at MODULE Laboratory, Tisch Summer Dane Festival (NYU), and University of the Arts. This is Uma’s fourth season with Sidra Bell Dance New York, and they are excited to continue to evolve as an artist under contemporary conditions.
CHRISTIAN A. WARNER (Dancer, he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist with a career that displays his curiosities in dance, theater, and film. He has danced repertoire from choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Aszure Barton, Kyle Abraham, Alan Lucien Øyen, Guy Shomroni/Yaniv Abraham, Darius Barnes, Sonya Tayeh, Dwight Rhoden, & Yoshito Sakuraba. His company credits include Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Omar Roman de Jesus' Boca Tuya and TU Dance, in which he was a founding member of "Come Through" - an evening length collaboration with the grammy-award winning band Bon Iver. His musical theatre credits include productions such as Disney's The Lion King, Oliver! The Musical, Hairspray, and Little Shop of Horrors. As a creator, Christian's choreography and direction has been commissioned at Owen/Cox Dance Group, McCoy Dance Project, by New York Times Best-Selling Author Michael Levin, HSPVA (Once On This Island, Ragtime, Dance Dept.), James Madison University, TX State University, Jeremy McQueen's Black Iris Project, and the 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival. Christian is a Houston, TX native; a graduate of HSPVA and Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Christian was a MODULE Artist at the company's laboratory in 2017 and 2019. This is Christian’s first season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.
MADY THORNQUEST (Dancer, they/them) is an Idaho born artist with a lifelong love of movement research and performance. A first-generation college graduate, Mady received their BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts in 2022, studying under the direction of deans Dimitri Chamblas and Rosanna Gamson as a Sharon Disney Lund Scholar. Throughout high school, Mady had the pleasure of studying under Marla Hansen, Lauren Edson, Leah Clark, and Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill, and spent their summers training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Recent performance credits include works by Trisha Brown, Danielle Agami, Spenser Theberge, Peter Chu, Yusha-Marie Sorzano, and Merce Cunningham. Mady has had the pleasure of performing in numerous venues including Arts On Site (NYC), MOCA Geffen, REDCAT LA, Los Angeles Dance Project, Hauser & Wirth, and the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. In July of 2020, Mady was Artist in Residence at MING Studios in Boise, Idaho, and is proudly a 2018 and 2021 Alexsa Rose Foundation grantee. This is their first season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.
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 second season with Sidra Bell Dance New York.
Umi Akiyoshi Photography 2022