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New York, NY

Photo by Effy Grey

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is a New York City-based dance-theater collective that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance. SLMDances' works engage audiences in the artistic process; the dances provoke a visceral reaction to the physicality on stage and incite conversation toward community action. The collective creates and presents dance uptown and focuses community-based initiatives within Harlem and Black and brown communities on the Upper West Side. SLMDances' collective organizational practice was featured in the New York Times, "Dance's Communal Ethos is Moving Into the Office and Boardroom." Notable recent funders include: Mellon, Howard Gilman, MAP Fund, NEFA National Theater Project Finalist, New York Community Trust, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Dance/NYC, Mertz Gilmore.

Led by Sydnie L. Mosley, an award winning artist-activist and educator, her evening length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness, their creative processes and performance experiences are a model for dance-activism. Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor de Blasio for using her talents in dance to fuel social change, awarded a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer, and was listed by as one of twenty-five “Up and Coming: Young Minority Artists and Entrepreneurs.” Her dances have been performed extensively throughout New York City including the 2023 world premiere of PURPLE: A Ritual In Nine Spells at Lincoln Center. Sydnie danced with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT, appeared as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet for a decade, and sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC. Her writing has appeared in Essence, Dance Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail. She graduated from Barnard College in Dance and Africana Studies and earned an MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa.

Creative Residency (2023)

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