Black Voices of Dance

Lance and Matt

Boulder Ballet Presents Black Voices Of Dance, an evening of dance highlighting the nation’s most vibrant Black choreographic voices.

Three world premieres celebrate the work of today’s prestigious Black choreographers: Gregory DawsonSidra Bell, and Amy Hall Garner. Original electronic scores and The Boulder Phil’s live string quartet accompany Boulder Ballet’s twelve professional dancers for an evening of dance sure to transcend.

Black Voices of Dance
February 24 – 27

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About the Choreographers

Gregory Dawson

Photocredit: Devi Pride Photography

Gregory Dawson A former dancer with LINES Ballet, Gregory is the Artistic Director of dawsondancesf, the Assistant Chair of Dance for the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), and is on faculty for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA and Professional Training programs. In 2011 he became the Artistic Director of the Dawson Wallace Dance Project in Denver, Colorado where the Denver Post named him the “best choreographer in Denver.”  In addition to creating over 100 new works for LINES’ educational programs, Gregory has choreographed 25 creations for dawsondancesf.  He is regularly commissioned by companies around the country and his work has premiered on such organizations as Boston Conservatory, Menlowe Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin, Webster University, Tacoma Metropolitan Ballet, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company.  In 2010 Gregory’s “which light in the sky is us,” (a commission for Company C Contemporary Ballet) was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award. “Ungesehen” for BalletX, which will premiere in 2021. 

Gregory founded dawsondancesf in 2007 as an outlet for his choreographic vision.  With movement that is raw and deliberate, Gregory uses the classical vernacular to push choreographic boundaries in unpredictable ways.  Balancing grace with highly kinetic motion, he allows his dancers to utilize and showcase every ounce of their animal energy.  The company debuted at the California State Summer School for the Arts in Valencia, CA and has since performed at such Bay Area venues as the Black Choreographer’s Festival, Bayview Opera House, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Grey Area SF, Dance Mission Theater, Z Space, Pixar Studios, and the BAN7 Festival.  The company has a regular summer residency at CSSSA and has also been presented at Baruch College in New York. 

Gregory frequently works with jazz musician, educator, and prolific producer Richard Howell.  In 2015 “bird’s eye view,” a collaboration with the Richard Howell Quintet, received an Isadora Duncan Award.  Other collaborations with Howell include “In This Moment” (2014) and “MANGAKU” (2018).  In 2015 Gregory presented “Intima,” a collaboration with Al’myra Communications and visual artist Ali Kaf, and in 2016 premiered “Lovechild” in a shared evening with Sidra Bell NY.  In 2017 Gregory’s “Les Vérités” was presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  That same year the company premiered “RITE 17,” Gregory’s reimagining of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. In Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Gestures and Angels-Champions and lovers premièred in SF at dance Mission. Webster University Fall 2020. 

 Spring 2020 Piano in a Field was premièred at Mills College Oakland Ca.  

Fall 2021 Gregory filmed excerpts of his latest work “Ungeshen,” for Ballet X as part of BalletX’s film series. Spring 2021 Spring to Dance Première of DRINK in St Louis Mo, and in Santa Cruz Ca. Dawson will première new work for Boulder Ballet Winter of 2022. 

amy Hall Garner

Photo credit: Luis Alberto Rodriguez

Amy Hall Garner is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Her work has been praised internationally and commissioned by Ailey II, ABT Studio Company, Collage Dance Collective, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Barnard College, The University of the Arts, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Point Park University, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Recently, she has received virtual commissions from BalletX, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process Digital Series, ABT Studio Company, Boulder Ballet, and a virtual collaboration between Miami City Ballet and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. She personally coached Grammy Award winner Beyoncé, providing additional choreography for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Theatrical choreography credits include: The Color Purple (Milwaukee Repertory Theater) and Invisible Thread, associate choreographer (Second Stage Theater, NYC). In 2018, she was selected to participate in Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab supported by the Ford Foundation. Garner was one of the first recipients of the Joffrey Ballet’s Choreography of Color Award (now titled Winning Works). She is an adjunct professor at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts. In 2021, Ms. Garner was a Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts. Her most recent project was creating and reimagining the classical ballet narrative The Nutcracker: A Magical Tale in Mount Vernon atBaltimore School for the Arts. 



Sidra Bell is the founder of Sidra Bell Dance New York and a choreographer and educator who is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor LINES Ballet/Dominican University, and an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana. She has been an artist in residence at the University of Oklahoma (Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair), Harvard University, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgian Court University, Marymount Manhattan College, and Barnard College. Bell received a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She is the founder and creative director of the award-winning MODULE Laboratory, a New York City-based immersive platform for movement and theater artists   

Bell has won several awards, notably a First Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, and a National Dance Project Production Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. In 2017 Mayor Thomas Roach named February 3 “Sidra Bell Day” in White Plains, NY. Her work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Bell has created over 100 works notably for BODYTRAFFIC, Ailey II, The Juilliard School, Whim W’Him, Boston Conservatory at Berklee College, River North Dance Chicago, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Springboard Danse Montréal, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, among many others. She was the first Black female choreographer commissioned to create work for New York City Ballet where she created two works for film and the Lincoln Center stage (Fall Fashion Gala 2021 and Innovators & Icons Program).

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Beginning Monday January 10, 2022, all performances in the Gordon Gamm, Grace Gamm, and Carsen Theaters and ticketed events in the MacMillan Family Lobby & Dairy Galleries require proof of full vaccination to enter. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after a person’s second dose in an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine two-dose series and two weeks after a single-dose series. At this time, we will not accept negative COVID-19 tests in lieu of vaccination.