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Ian Spencer Bell

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Nationality  American
Name  Ian Bell

Ian Spencer Bell
Alma mater  Sarah Lawrence College North Carolina School of the Arts

Ian Spencer Bell is an American dancer, choreographer, teacher, and poet best known for his genre-blurring work Geography Solos.


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Early life

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Bell was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated high school from North Carolina School of the Arts. In the summers, he trained at School of American Ballet, in New York City. At 17, Bell moved to Seattle, Washington, to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet. He remained in the school for two years, often performing with the company. When Bell was 19, he moved to Virginia and began creating his own dances.


In 2001, Bell was awarded a grant for his choreography from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Two years later, he premiered his work in New York City at the National Arts Club. He has performed his solo work at the Queens Museum and the Poetry Foundation and danced with his group on the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow, where he has also taught and been a research fellow.

Bell has taught for American Ballet Theatre and New York City Center and is on faculty at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City. His writing on dance has been published in Ballet Review and Zen Notes. In 2013, Bell graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a bachelor of arts degree and, in 2014, was a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry.


In 2014, The New York Times in a review of Elsewhere called Bell "a dancer of gentle but defined precision" and wrote: “At its best, his movement itself seems to do the talking, physical sentences inseparable from verbal ones so that what results is not dance and not poetry but some third medium."

Selected work

  • Solitary (2009)
  • Split (2010)
  • Two-Minute Songs (2011)
  • Socket (2012)
  • Geography Solos (2013)
  • Elsewhere (2014)
  • References

    Ian Spencer Bell Wikipedia

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