The Brooklyn Dance Festival Company is a great opportunity for dancers who are not in a company, in between jobs or looking for a performance outlet. The dancers audition and learn the entire piece in two days. It is a “boot camp” type of experience! The Brooklyn Dance Festival moves beyond showcasing the amazing talent on our Festival roster to present the BDF Workshop and Company in order to offer a learning and performance experience to the dance community at large. Sharing the stage with some of New York’s most respected choreographers and dancers, the Brooklyn Dance Festival Company brings a unique and diverse energy to our ever growing audience.


Brooklyn Dance Festival 2016 Company
Performances include BAM Fisher Theater
Choreographed by Sidra Bell


Workshop/ Audition:

Friday, March 18, 9am-12pm, Gibney Dance Studios, Studio 1, 890 Broadway, New York NY
Please be prepared to stay until 2pm

Dancers Must Be Available for the following performances:

Saturday March 26th at 2pm & 8pm, BAM Fisher Theater, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, April 2nd at 7pm, LIU Kumble Theater, Brooklyn, NY


Friday March 18th from 12-2pm,Gibney Dance, 890 Broadway, NYC, Studio 6
Saturday, March 19th from 2-4pm, Gibney Dance, 890 Broadway, NYC, Studio 1
Sunday March 20: 4:00-8:00PM Actors Fund Arts Center: 160 Schermerhorn, BK NY 11201
Tuesday March 22: 1:30-3:30pm: Brooklyn Ballet 160 Schermerhorn, BK NY 11201
Thursday March 24th:10am-2pm, Gibney Dance 280 Broadway NYC, Studio D

Seeking: Intermediate through Professional dancers with solid technique, strong performance qualities and a commitment to explore and communicate through movement.

One of Brooklyn Dance Festival’s prominent choreographer’s Sidra Bell, is choreographing and directing Brooklyn Dance Festival 2016 Company. There will be two hour workshop/class and selections made at the end. Dancers should be prepared to stay until the end. Selected dancers will get to rehearse and perform her new work at Brooklyn Dance Festival 2016, both the Emerging Performance at The Kumble Theater and Main Stage Performance at BAM Fisher Theater.

Company will be selected during class: Performance fee $60 (Includes class fee)

Please pay the fee via PayPal. You will redirected to the rsvp form upon completion of payment.

About our choreographer: Sidra Bell

SIDRA BELL DANCE NEW YORK is rapidly gaining an international profile for work that reveals aspects of the human condition through a distinctly female lens. Bell’s creations have been described as, “brainy, exuberant, and audacious.” (San Francisco Chronicle). The work demands both physical power and tender expressiveness from her crack ensemble of “fearless and technically honed dancers” (Vancouver’s Georgia Straight). The Company has performed extensively throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, and South America. It was listed as “#1 in Contemporary Dance” by the Pittsburgh Examiner (2014), as one of ArtsATL’s “Notable Dance Performances” (2012), and in the “Top 10 for Best in Dance” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2010). Bell’s process is intuitive, collaborative, and emphasizes the integration of multiple design elements. Her work combines design, media, and fashion creating a singular vision in contemporary dance. SIDRA BELL (Artistic Director), is a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and was an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University (Indiana) and Barnard College (NYC). She has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College. Ms. Bell has won several awards, including a notable 1st Prize for Choreography at the International Solo-Tanz Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Her critically acclaimed work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and has produced over 100 new works. Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film “TEST” set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis. The movie was nominated for a 2015 Independent Spirit Award. “TEST” was also awarded two grand jury prizes from the Los Angeles Outfest and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The film has had many screenings at LGBT festivals worldwide and is enjoying an international theatrical run. She was recently named one of 50 outstanding artists living or working in Westchester County as part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th Anniversary. SBDNY has an extensive educational and mentorship program and works with institutions for dance and theater internationally with a particular emphasis on young artist development.

Thinking about auditioning? Check out this video from 2015!