June 15, 2013

Artistic Director



“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, ingenuous 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


Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, began choreographing at age 14 under the direction of Kellye Dodd and Cristina McClelland of IHS, and Gary Masters of Limon Dance Company. At the early age of 15 she was honored to work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in “ Equator Project”, nurturing her choreographic talent. She quickly found her voice by creating innovative body lines and exploring her fascination with the connection between movement and music. She began to play with creating her own tempos, accents, and pauses in her ballets without the limitations of existing music. Looking to accentuate her silent yet rhythmic choreography, she developed her artistic process of commissioning artists to create music specifically to each repertoire program. Annalise spent 2012 mentoring with the Mark Morris Dance Group, when she then founded Arch Contemporary Ballet the following year. Through ACB she has received residencies and space grants  throughout NYC and has been awarded as a “Prodigy” by The Women’s Project. She has created over 20 works for ACB (her primary choreographic endeavor), and has accepted several commissions including Counterpointe Season II & III.

Inquire for her full resume at admin@archballet.com.