Instructor, Creative and Performing Arts
Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy
Ellen Sinopoli 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 70 new works and has received choreographic commissions from The Arts Center of the Capital Region The Egg, St. Cecilia Orchestra, Saratoga City Ballet, The Arts Center, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Union College.
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 over 25 artists from a variety of genres including mixed media, spoken word, music composition, sculptors and architectural design. Her dance continues to be driven by the extraordinary artistic energies and talents of such artists.
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 on the teaching faculty of Russell Sage and Siena Colleges. She has taught at Skidmore College, Union College, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Saratoga City Ballet and Guilderland Ballet, among others.
Ellen Sinopoli is one of the 100 "Women of Excellence" honored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also is a recipient of the Arts Awards from the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts in the Capital Region of New York State. She has received the "Educator of Excellence" award from WTEN, an affiliate of ABC. She most recently appeared on "Schenectady Today" and WMHT's Local Artist interviews for PBS' Fall Arts Festival and WMHT's "Our Town Troy". ESDC was selected by Metroland as "Best Dance Troupe for 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012".