Sidra Bell is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She holds a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. As artistic director of Sidra Bell New York, Bell is an award-winning choreographer and her work has been seen throughout the United States and across the globe. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. Bell is the Creative Director of MODULE a New York City based immersive laboratory for movement and theater artists.
Bell has received many commissions from institutions and companies internationally and created over 100 new works notably for BODYTRAFFIC, Ailey II, The Juilliard School, River North Dance Chicago, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School, LEVYdance, Robert Moses' KIN, METdance, Visceral Dance Chicago, Springboard Danse Montréal to name a few. Bell was a cultural ambassador in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2014 and 2015 (made possible by Movement Research, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Derida Dance Center). She has collaborated with the internationally acclaimed women's chorus Karmina Slovenica in Slovenia and was the commissioned 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).
Sidra Bell was in residence at Harvard Dance Center in the Fall of 2016 and created a dance installation in collaboration with Jill Johnson for The Harvard Dance Project titled WUNDER.
Photo credit: Genna Baroni