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OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS: Collaborations have always been an integral part of her choreographic vision. Whether through chance encounters or direct solicitation by other artists, Sinopoli has had the honor to work with artists from a variety of genres including mixed media, spoken word, music composition, sculptors and architectural design. Beyond her role as artistic director and choreographer, Ellen Sinopoli is also noted for her talents as a master teacher and for her efforts to educate young people about dance. As a faculty member of The Sage Colleges, she is Coordinator of Dance Programming at Russell Sage College. She has taught at Siena College, Skidmore College, Union College, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Saratoga City Ballet and Guilderland Ballet, among others.
In 2016 Ellen was one of thirteen women featured in the Time Union’s Women@Work magazine highlighting women in the arts. She has appeared on "Schenectady Today" and WMHT's Local Artist interviews for PBS' Fall Arts Festival and WMHT's "Our Town Troy". She was one of the 100 “Women of Excellence” honored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2000 and was a recipient of the 2000 Arts Awards from the Albany/ Schenectady League of Arts in the Capital Region of NYS. In 2002, she received the “Educator of Excellence” award from WTEN, an affiliate of ABC.
PRESS QUOTE: Sinopoli’s choreography can stand next to the best in the modern dance world. (La Gazette)
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CAREER: As a dancer, Ellen performed with Dance Visions, Boston Dance Company, Dorothy Hershkowitz Dance Company in Boston and New York City. Ellen is on the teaching faculty of Russell Sage College, and has taught at Skidmore College, Union College, Albany Berkshire Ballet, and Saratoga City Ballet. She founded the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company in 1991, after settling in the Capital Region from Boston and NYC. As the Artistic Director of ESDC, the resident company at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany NY, Sinopoli has choreographed over 80 new works and has received choreographic commissions from The Arts Center of the Capital Region The Egg, Olana Partnership, St. Cecilia Orchestra, Saratoga City Ballet, The Arts Center, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, UAlbany and Union College.
Ellen is a residential guest choreographer with The Ajkun Ballet Theatre, also serving the organization on The AjkunBT Board of Advisors since its conception, in 2000. Ellen is also on the teaching faculty for The AjkunBT International Trainee Program, namely “Performing in New York”.
EDUACTION: Ellen Sinopoli is the recipient of a scholarship to study with faculty of The Martha Graham Dance School, and The School of American Ballet. Ellen also studied choreography with Bessie SchÖnberg. Ellen holds a Bachelor Degree in Dance.
Ellen Sinopoli - Resident Guest Choreographer