Since receiving a standing ovation at their very first NYC premiere in 2007 of Dedicated to [ ] because of [ ] (and vice versa) at Judson Church, ShaLeigh Dance Works quickly became recognized as an emerging dance theatre company. The company’s success has taken them from performances and creative residencies in NYC to Germany, England, Israel and Japan. Since establishing Durham, NC as their home base in 2014, the company has celebrated touring with the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF), performing at the prestigious American Dance Festival (ADF) with Here and Now: NC Dances, and presenting two evening length works as showcased artists of Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA).

Known for their diverse ensemble that consists of Durham’s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theatre, performance art, heels, martial art, and contemporary ballet, SDW has had the privilege of receiving commissions, residencies and most recently their first NYC tour since landing in NC. Their recent premiere of I Promise was listed by Byron Woods of as one of “Five exceptional dances from 2017,” and their ADF Here and Now: NC Dances premiere of Dedicated to [ ] because of [ ] (and vice versa) was hailed by Kate Dobbs Ariail of the as “a marvelous surprise … with its mix of Gaga-style freedom of movement and balletic elegance … well suited to the complex balance of dance theatre.”


Touring History

• Greensboro Project Space Gallery, Greensboro, NC November 2018
• BeBe Theatre, Asheville, NC Setpember 2018
• The Ritz, Raleigh, NC July 2018
• PSI Theatre, Durham, NC 2018
• Dixon Place, NYC 2018
• BOOM Festival, Charlotte, NC 2018
• DPAC, Durham, NC 2018
• North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC 2018
• Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC 2018
• Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC 2018
• The Fruit, Durham, NC 2017
• Duke Energy Theatre, Charlotte, NC 2017
• Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC  2011, 2017
• American Dance Festival, Reynolds Theatre, NC 2015
• Community Arts Center, Wilmington, NC 2014
• Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Orlando, FL 2014
• The Ailey Citygroup Theatre, NYC 2014
• Jones Auditorium, Raleigh, NC 2013
• Valborg Theater Boone, NC 2013
• Aycock Auditorium, Greensboro, NC 2013
• Robinson Hall, Charlotte, NC, 2013
• Roppongi Stripe’s Space, Tokyo, Japan 2013
• Noguchi Room, Keio University (MITA), Tokyo, Japan 2013
• Dance Film shown at Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium 2013
• PSI Theatre, Durham, NC 2013
• Cambridge University, Judith E Wilson, UK 2012
• National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China 2011
• Lenfest Center for the Arts, W & L University, Lexington, VA 2008, 2009, 2011
• Mulberry St Theater, NYC 2007
• American Dance Guild Performance Festival, Hudson Guild Theatre, NYC 2007
• The Flea Theater, NYC 2007
• Dance Theatre Workshop, NYC 2007
• Judson Church, NYC 2007



• The Fruit, Durham, NC January 2017


Isabelle Frame
Anthony Nelson Jr
Hannah Nicole Marr
Megan Rindoks
Steven James Velez
Paloma Zabala


Majid Bastani
Guest Dancer
Jonh Blanco
Guest Dancer
Jemima Orusa
Company Trainee
Joyce Emilie Raleigh
Abby Ramos
SeoHyun Ryu
Guest Dancer


Isabel Castellvi
Musician (Cellist)
Elizabeth Corbett
Lucia Del Vecchio
Derrick Ivey
Jeremy Kumin
Lighting Designer
Alejandro Santoyo
Pianist and Composer
Rosa van Hensbergen
Writer & Performer
Chris Vitiello
Mike Wall