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VIDEO: Sidra Bell

Intellect and Physicality

Season 3: Episode 3 | 6:35

For Sidra Bell, all roads led to dance. But the path was anything but direct.

From a journey that began at the age of eight at the Dance Theater of Harlem and included an unlikely, yet critical diversion at Yale University, emerged an important influence who is proving every day that academia and artistry can not only happily co-exist, but come together to create choreography that is at once logical and human.

As a kid, Bell was lucky enough to have to dash from her day at The Spence School on the Upper East Side to dance class at The Ailey School. Turns out, Bell’s broad-based education was lucky for the dance world, too.

Here, Bell shares how her study of history and cultures at Yale and a Masters in Fine Arts from Purchase College inform her work at Sidra Bell Dance New York.

Post by Drew Jacoby

Drew Jacoby, contemporary ballerina, has worked with Alonzo King, Complexions, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, Sylvie Guillem, Desmond Richardson, Lightfoot Leon, Mia Michaels, Dutch National Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, and Christopher Wheeldon. She is the founder of DancePulp. She joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in August 2012.

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