SEAN DORSEY (he/him) is a San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer, writer, teaching artist and cultural activist. Recognized as the U.S.’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has toured his work to more than 30 cities across the US and abroad – and taught with his explicitly trans-positive pedagogy in more than 35 cities.
Dorsey is a 2020 Doris Duke Artist and an inaugural Dance/USA Artist Fellow. He has been awarded five Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. In 2019, he became the first openly transgender person on the cover of Dance Magazine. A longtime social practice artist, Dorsey creates his works over a period of several years in deep relationship with/in community. Dorsey is also the Founding Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions – now celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season! Fresh Meat Productions invests in the creative expression and cultural leadership of trans and gender-nonconforming communities. www.SeanDorseyDance.com
Brandon Graham (he/they) was born in Rochester NY and trained at School Of The Arts and Odasz Dance Theatre under Jessica Odasz. He since has graduated from Alonzo King Lines BFA program. He has had the opportunity to work with Flock Works, Robert Moses, Kara Davis, Christian Burns and Gregory Dawson. After graduating the BFA program in 2020 he has been doing freelance work with Kristin Damrow, David Herrera Performance Company, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Alyssa Mitchel and more. This is Brandon’s first season with Sean Dorsey Dance.
Héctor was born and raised in Mexicali, Baja California, México. They began their training with Manuel Torres in El Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEART) and attended a couple of summer intensives in the US throughout high school. They were one of the recipients of The Herb Alpert Foundation Scholarship when they attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 2015. Héctor graduated from the Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet BFA Program in San Francisco affiliated with Dominican University of California. Post graduation, they had the opportunity to be a member of Sean Dorsey Dance, Dawson Dance SF, and have an appearance in the dance film titled “Falling Up” directed by Detour Dance Company and Maurya Kerr. Héctor has always been inclined to teaching and is now a ballet instructor at Stapleton School of Arts and a teaching artist with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s HeART with LINES program. Recently, Hector became part of the 2022 LatinXtensions Cohort, a 12-month program advising emerging Latinx dance artists in developing their professional artistic practice. Encouraging them to start their own company “Xochipilli Dance Company” based in the Bay Area.
David Le (he/they) is a San Jose native who grew up doing Vietnamese cultural dance, taiko drumming, and martial arts. A mentor from high school, Gary Masters, guided him to San Jose State University (SJSU) to pursue a career in dance. While in college, David was a member of SJSU’s pre-professional company University Dance Theater from 2014 to 2019. He performed works under the direction of Gary Masters, Raphael Boumaila, and Heather Cooper. He also had the chance to work with resident artists including Kara Davis, Mike Esperanza, Doug Varone, and Kyle Abraham. He earned the Hawes Award for Excellence in Performance for 2016-17 and Outstanding Graduating Dance Senior in 2019. Upon earning a degree in Dance and Kinesiology, David continued his passion for learning about the body by becoming a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist.
David’s movement influence blends the cultural, Hip-Hop, and classical styles of San Jose. Le is an active member of the community, where he guides in opening dance studios, attends dance sessions centered around inclusion, and is currently curating his own practice of dance and bodywork. He is a company member of sjDANCEco, Decypher Dance Company, Quirk Dance, Archive, and Barron&Co. He has also worked with Robert Moses and Push Dance for projects. David is excited for his first season with Sean Dorsey Dance!
NOL SIMONSE (he/him) 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. Nol has strong collaborative friendships with Sue Roginski, Eric Kupers, Stephen Pelton, Kara Davis, and Christy Funsch. Nol teaches at Lines Dance Center and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. This is Nol’s 15th season with Sean Dorsey Dance.
WILL WOODWARD: (all pronouns) Originally from Hawai’i, Will began formal dance training under the direction of Kelly Roth at the College of Southern Nevada. After a five-year hiatus, he began dancing again in Monterey, CA with Deanna Ross, Jackie Adams, and the Monterey Dance Collective. In 2012 he moved to San Francisco, and has since performed with Blue Scorpion Dance Theatre, Palanza Dance, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Tim Rubel Human Shakes, James Graham Dance Theatre, Printz Dance Project, and San Francisco’s premiere burlesque group: Baloney. This is Will’s sixth season collaborating with Sean Dorsey Dance; now based in Los Angeles, he performs with SDD as a Guest Artist.
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NOL SIMONSE (see bio above)
RAÚL TORRES-BONILLA: (he/they) is a Puerto Rican, queer, dancer, multimedia artist, and alchemist who has been based in San Francisco since 2015. His passion for dancing and inquiring about the divine/human experience through creative processes and ritualistic offerings have opened the path to collaborate with multiple renowned SF/Bay Area artists. Raul has collaborated with: Aguas Dance Company, Presidio Dance Company, Tika Morgan Dance, Sarah Bush Project, James Graham Theater, Catherine Turocy, Larry Arrington, Mark Foreigner Dance Project, Sammay Dizon, and Sean Dorsey Dance.
WILL WOODWARD (see bio above)
Past Sean Dorsey Dance Company Members Include:
- Tajh Stallworth
- Raúl Torres-Bonilla
- Brian Fisher-Paulson
- ArVejon Jones
- Juan De La Rosa
- Justin Hunt
- James Graham
- Adam Venk
- Courtney Moreno
- Mair Culbreth