SIDRA BELL has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College (Columbia University).
Recent commissions include River North Chicago Dance Company, The Ailey School, The Duo Theatre, Ballet Divertimento (Montréal), Arts Umbrella Dance Company (Vancouver), Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre (Toronto), Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in conjunction with the St. Luke’s Orchestra, LaGuardia High School, Springboard Danse Montréal, National Choreographers Initiative, The Margie Gillis Foundation, Stella Adler Studio of Acting/NYU, The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, LINES Ballet Training Program, University of Michigan, August Wilson Dance Center, Bessie Schönberg Choreographers Residency at The Yard, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Point Park University, August Wilson Dance Ensemble, New York Live Arts Studio Series, Ballet Austin, Mystic Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Ailey II, Tisch School of the Arts Dance/NYU, The Juilliard School, The Barnard Project with New York Live Arts, and Dance Theater Workshop. Her work has been seen at many premiere venues throughout the United States and internationally in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Canada, Aruba, Spain, France, and Greece.
Bell has been commissioned for many special projects nationally and internationally. A solo work, Conductivity, won a prize for performance at the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009 and was then toured in Greece and in select German cities. She was invited back to Stuttgart for the 2011 Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival with a new solo work Grief Point. She received First Prize for Choreography for the solo and her dancer Moo Kim received First Prize for Performance. Grief Point will tour Germany and Brazil in 2011/2012. Ms. Bell was selected to work as an emerging choreographer at Springboard Danse Montréal for two consecutive years and created works that were presented at Place des Arts, Piscine-théâtre, and Usine C. She has also been awarded several creative residencies at The Duo Theatre, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Inception to Exhibition Space Grant and Dance Theater Workshop.
Presentations of the company include the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Symphony Space, Skirball Performing Arts Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Ballet Builders, The Harlem Stage E-Moves Series, Tangente (Montréal), The Gershwin Hotel, The Riverside Theatre, Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s M.A.D. Series, danceNOW, The Duo Theatre, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Reverb Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Chutzpah! Festival at The Norman Rothstein Theater (Vancouver), Baruch College Performing Arts Center, Joyce SoHo, New York Live Arts Studio Series and Dance Theater Workshop (Residency & Commissioning Program) to name a few. The company was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s 2010 Best in Dance for the full length work REVUE which premiered in October 2010 at the historic Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Critic Jane Vranish wrote- “It was a REVUE unlike any other, a blend of vaudeville, Fellini and Cirque du Soleil. Ms. Bell proved that she had her finger on the future of dance where ballet and hip-hop coexist on the same plane.”
In 2010 Sidra created her first work on Mystic Ballet “Red Line”.