Biography

Training and Influences

My passion is contemporary dance performance, but it is built on a classical ballet foundation. This includes a decade of training at San Francisco Ballet School, Academy of Ballet and Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BFA, 2020), with influential teachers such as Patrick Armand, Richard Gibson, Zory Karah, Denise Pons, Gianni Di Marco, Russell Clarke and Dean Volick.  I’m grateful for the technical proficiency and confidence this has given me as a dance artist. I am currently an Apprentice Dancer with Compañía caraBdanza in Madrid, Spain, under Artistic Director and Choreographer Gonzalo Díaz.

In terms of modern technique, I enjoy release, flying low and counter techniques. I was introduced to counter technique by Eugenia Demegio in a summer course at The Place in London, and I’ve practiced release in depth with Danielle Davidson at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. I’m a big mover on stage, and I appreciate how release technique has helped me to move more fluidly and spatially.  It feels very natural to me.  Horton Technique is also a formative influence, having studied it in summer work at The Ailey School with Amy Lattimore and Marimba Gold-Watts, as well as advanced practice at Boston Conservatory at Berklee with Jimmy Viera.  There is an architectural quality to Horton Technique that I find challenging and elegant.

Alexander Technique has helped me to integrate mind and body as a dance artist.  Through intensive study and practice with Shannon Jones, I’ve become more aware of my postural habits and habitual reflexes, and more receptive to my startle patterns. The technique is therapeutic and has enhanced my capacity to harness my body’s energy mindfully.

In addition to my summer training at The Place in London and The Ailey School, I’ve also participated in intensives at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, ODC, Henny Jurriëns Studio, Boston Ballet and New Adventures.

Finally, I’ve been fortunate to participate in collaborative projects with musicians and filmmakers at Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Performance Experience

At Boston Conservatory at Berklee I’ve performed in Korhan Basaran’s Toy Soldiers, Slip by Thang Dao, and The Interview choreographed by Boston Ballet’s Yury Yanowsky.  I’ve also had commercial dance experience performing in the Berklee Commencement Concert directed by Jessica Vosk, dancing to music by such artists as Missy Elliot, Nile Rodgers, Lionel Richie, Rosanne Cash, Justin Timberlake and Alex Lacamoire. I also collaborated in the production of several dance films including The T and A Variation on 4 Forms shown at the Paramount Theatre in Boston.

With Academy of Ballet’s Chamberdance Company, I’ve performed in major works by Richard Gibson such as Rhapsody and Songs Without Words, and in ballet pieces such as Les Patineurs, and Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish, and Arabian from Nutcracker. I also performed in original contemporary pieces by Ben Needham-Wood and Joshua Trader.

 

In summer workshop courses I’ve performed with Alonzo King LINES Ballet in Katie Faulkner’s Over Here; The Ailey School in Optimist by Becky Brown and Convict by Jonathan Lee; and in various repertory pieces at ODC directed by Kimi Okada. I’ve also appeared in non-dance roles in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker performed by the San Francisco Ballet.

These performances have ranged from small, intimate venues to major stages like the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco and Agganis Arena in Boston. 

I graduated in May 2020 from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Bachelor of Fine Arts in contemporary dance performance, Cum laude.

NEHEMIAH ALDRICH,  SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA

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