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
HÉCTOR JAIME (they/she/he) 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 their high school years. 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 recently graduated from the Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet BFA Program affiliated with Dominican University of California. Post graduation, they had the opportunity to work with Sean Dorsey Dance, Detour Dance Company and Dawson Dance SF in the Bay area. This is Héctor’s 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.
TAJH STALLWORTH (they/them) is a Michigan native who has recently moved to the Bay Area. They studied dance at Western Michigan University and then moved to Chicago to dance with groups such as The Seldoms and Project Bound Dance. They spent the last 3 years dancing and traveling with Norwegian Cruise Lines while working on shows such as “Footloose! The Musical”. Since moving to the Bay Area, they have been working on projects with groups like Mark Travis Dance, Detour Dance, and Axis Dance Company while also teaching at Berkeley Playhouse and guest teaching at high schools throughout Berkeley and Oakland. Tajh is very excited to be joining Sean Dorsey Dance!
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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 most recently with Sean Dorsey Dance. This is Raúl’s second season with Sean Dorsey Dance.
WILL WOODWARD (any 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 fifth season with Sean Dorsey Dance.