Faculty Profile Sidra Bell

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    Sidra Bell


    SIDRA BELL, is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts, was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College, and has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in choreography from Purchase College. She was awarded a 1st Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart. 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) 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. Notably with BODYTRAFFIC, Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, Juilliard, River North Chicago Dance Chicago, Ailey II, LEVYdance, Robert Moses’ KIN, LINES Ballet School, Uppercut Dansteater (DEN), Motto Dans Kolectif (TUR), Peridance Contemporary Dance Co., Tisch, University of Utah, August Wilson Dance Ensemble, Point Park University, University of Michigan, Ailey School, Barnard College, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Tribeca PAC, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Springboard Danse Montréal, The Duo Theater, Purchase College, National Choreographer’s Initiative, Visceral Dance Chicago, University of the Arts, Five College Dance Department, and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. She 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). Screenings have included: Seattle Film Festival, Frameline37 (San Francisco), Outfest (L.A.), and Lincoln Center's NewFest. It was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest. The film will continued to be screened at festivals worldwide throughout 2013- 2014 and have its theatrical release in April 2014. Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative approach was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Studio Life Magazine. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States.
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    Sidra's most recent accomplishment:
    "In March 2011 the 15th Annual Internationales Solo-Tanz- Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany awarded First Prize for Choreography to Sidra Bell, of the United States, for the solo Grief Point. Dancer Moo Kim from Korea was awarded First Prize for Performance in Grief Point. The solo will tour Germany in November 2011 and have its South American debut in Brazil in April."

    Check out the article on Sidra in June's Dance Teacher Magazine!.

    Learn more about Sidra's award and watch the solo below.

    Grief Point. (A Work by Sidra Bell) from Sidra Bell Dance New York on Vimeo.