June 15, 2013

Artistic Director




Sheena Annalise is a Native American choreographer praised as a rising luminary for her distinct voice in ballet, fusing innovative bodylines and cutting edge concepts to continuously evolve ballet for an inclusive 21st century audience. Her brainchild, Arch Ballet, serves as her primary incubator for over 20 repertoire works performing regularly in NYC at Abrons Playhouse, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sheen Center, Davenport Theatre, among others. Her thought provoking works often collaborate with technologists, visual artists, composers in music genres from EDM to neo-classical, and diverse world class dancers to represent the culture of tomorrow. Ballet: reimagined, reinvented, and redefined.

Ms. Annalise is a recipient of The Davenport Theatre performance space grant, was selected for DanceMotion USA Professional Development Program 2018, HT Chen New Steps Residency 2014, and has been named a “Prodigy” by The Project for Women. She has lectured at The National Arts Club about her repertoire and her commissioned works include Eden Fine Art Gallery, Sacred Heart University Ballet Department, and BFA solos for SUNY Purchase and Skidmore University. She has stolen the hearts of industry critics, who are hailing her as “brilliant” (The Dance Enthusiast) and “the answer to this art form surviving a hundred years more” (Dance Informa), including audience nominations for 2019 Most Inventive New Work by Dance Magazine and Top Performances of 2019 by Pointe Magazine.

Ms.Annalise is a product of Wayne MGregor|Random Dance’s outreach program Equator Project nurturing her choreographic talent as a teenager. She interned at Mark Morris Dance Group before bringing Arch Ballet to fruition in 2013.

She is featured in Dance Informa, Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Huffington Post, Dance Enthusiast, among others. Her continued work includes self producing a documentary “The Contemporary Ballet Architect” to premiere in 2021about her life of building a ballet company from the ground up.



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Artistic Director Sheena Annalise -sheena@archballet.com

Arts Administration Annie Yang – admin@archballet.com

“The brain child behind such an inventive company…At 25, she has to be the youngest working female Artistic Director with such successful repertoire… I am certain Sheena Annalise will make history as one of the greats in choreography in the years to come. Her innovative mind and her own distinct language of mesmerizing body lineage combined with generating new audiences..will continue to build a lasting impression.’ – DANCENTHUSIAST.COM

“might just be the answer to this beautiful art form surviving for hundreds of years more.” – DANCE INFORMA

“…pushing boundaries” – THE PHILLY INQUIRER

“Blown away… by a rising, ingenious and brilliant choreographer, Sheena Annalise and her growingly recognizable company Arch Contemporary Ballet.” – DANCENTHUSIAST.COM

“…choreography was fresh, innovative and insightful phrase-work. It was at one level visually impressive, even breathtaking. At another, it was complementary to the emotional content and depth of the overall work…a felt experience that words can’t quite describe.” – DANCE INFORMA MAGAZINE