SEAN DORSEY is a San Francisco-based choreographer and dancer. Celebrated as the nation’s first out transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has won audiences from Los Angeles to New York with his powerful dances that provide a window into transgender and queer experience. Dorsey has been awarded three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Goldie Award for Performance and was named “San Francisco’s Best Dance/Performance Company” by the SF Weekly. Dorsey has been named in Dance Magazine’s top “25 to Watch.” Dorsey is also the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions, the nation’s first transgender arts nonprofit creating, presenting and touring year-round transgender arts programs. Read more…
BRIAN FISHER has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and has appeared in works by Alvin Ailey, Kurt Joos, Choo San Goh, Igal Perry, Sonya Delwaide, Mark Franko, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Amy Siewert, Rebecca Salzer and Robert Moses. He has performed with ODC, Mark Foehringer, San Francisco Opera, Rosalind Newman and Dancers, Anima Mundi, Peninsula Ballet Theater, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Western Ballet and Diablo Ballet. He has been awarded an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Ensemble Performance. This is Brian’s ninth season with Sean Dorsey Dance.
NOL SIMONSE grew up in Washington, D.C., and trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He moved to San Francisco in 1997 and is a founding member of Kunst-Stoff, Janice Garrett and Dancers, Garrett+Moulton Productions, and Sean Dorsey Dance. He is also a long time collaborator/performer of Sue Roginski, Eric Kupers, Christie Funsch, Stephen Pelton, and Kara Davis. He produced his own work with fellow choreographer Todd Eckert at Dance Mission Theater for eight home seasons in the ‘Shared Space’ series, from 2007-2016, and has had residencies at Dance Mission and Studio 210. He has set work on the Lines summer program, ODC’s Dance Jam, Dance Brigade’s Grrrl Brigade, students at USF, and the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble. Nol teaches modern at the Alonzo King’s Lines Dance Center and Shawl-Anderson. He has taught technique, repertory, and choreography workshops for adults and teens. In 2009 he received a ‘Goldie’ (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) in dance, and in 2011 an ‘Izzie’ (Isadora Duncan Bay Area Dance Award) for individual performance. He was the first to win Luna Dance Institute’s Choreofund prize.
ARVEJON JONES was raised in Compton, California. His mother encouraged him to dance, hoping it would help with his weight and health issues as a child. He began taking Tap, Hip Hop, and West African at “Kennedy Universal Dance Designs” in Los Angeles, CA, of which he did for 13 years. He later moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University, where he took his first ballet class. He later decided to double major in Dance and Japanese and graduated May 2013. He has performed throughout the Bay Area and performed works by Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, Kat Roman, Raissa Simpson, Robert Moses, Adrianna Thompson, Ray Tadio, Dexandro Montolvo, Natasha Adorlee Johnson, Breton-Tyner Bryan, among others. He was also an apprentice with ODC in 2012, which he had the opportunity to tour with the company. ArVejon has also performed in Atlanta with PUSH Dance Company. In fall of 2014, ArVejon had the amazing opportunity to be featured in “AM/FM,” a film that premiered at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, choreographed by Robert Mosesin 2014. ArVejon also teaches dance to kids at John Muir Elementary and Zumba at two gyms. He is very excited to be a part of Sean Dorsey Dance, and is extremely grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of dancers! This is ArVejon’s second season with Sean Dorsey Dance.
WILL WOODWARD: Growing up in Hawai’i, Will didn’t have many chances to pursue dance due to the conservative views of his family. Upon moving to Nevada, he was gifted with the opportunity to realize his dream of becoming a professional dance artist. Recently, he has performed with Copious Dance Theatre, Palanza Dance, Tim Rubel’s Human Shakes, Peninsula Ballet Theatre and James Graham Dance Theatre. Will is also active in the local drag community and is a part of San Francisco’s premiere all-male burlesque group: Baloney. Will is excited and humbled to join the Sean Dorsey Dance family.