ELLEN SINOPOLI, Director of Dance Programming
BA Dance Adelphi University;
MLS CUNY City College of New York
ELLEN SINOPOLI founded the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC) in 1991, after settling in the Capital Region from Boston and NYC. ESDC’s 2015-2016 performance season marks the company’s 25th Anniversary. It has been the resident company at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany NY since 1992. ESDC’s concert dance performances can be seen at professional, regional and college theatres in New York City, Massachusetts and throughout upstate NY. As Artistic Director of ESDC, Ellen Sinopoli’s commitment to “create, collaborate, educate and partner” remains in the forefront as her company shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops, educational and community outreach. Over the past quarter century, Ellen Sinopoli has choreographed 75 new works and her many artistic collaborations and projects serve as a conduit to bring together talented artists (both regional and national) from varied genres that include visual artists, sculptors, architects, composers and musicians, poets and storytellers, videographers, photographers and physicists. ESDC’s outreach programming continues to expand as Ellen Sinopoli brings her work to community centers, day care centers, public playgrounds, libraries, art galleries and centers for special populations. Her company 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.
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. 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.
Ellen Sinopoli was one of the 100 “Women of Excellence” honored by the Albany- Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2000. She also was a recipient of the 2000 Arts Awards from the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts in the Capital Region of New York State. In 2002, she received the “Educator of Excellence” award from WTEN, an affiliate of ABC. She has appeared on “Schenectady Today” and WMHT’s Local Artist interviews for PBS’ Fall Arts Festival, WMHT’s “Our Town Troy” and WAMC’s Roundtable.