Sean Dorsey is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer and writer. Recognized as the U.S.' first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has toured his work to 26 US cities.
Dorsey has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. He has been named in Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch and named "San Francisco's Best Dance Company" (SF Weekly). Most recently, Dorsey was named in
American Theater Magazine as a Top Theater Artist To Watch.
Dorsey's dances are powerful explorations of human experience. His works are a fusion of full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater. Highly physical, accessible, rooted in story, and danced with precision and guts and deep humanity, Dorsey's works have been praised as "exquisite…poignant and important" (BalletTanz), "trailblazing" (San Francisco Chronicle) and "evocative, compelling, elegant" (LA Weekly).
Dorsey has been awarded major support by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Creative Work Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and commissions from Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington DC), Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), The Theater Offensive (Boston), 7 Stages (Atlanta), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), Links Hall (Chicago), and Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission and James Irvine Foundation.
I love being transgender. It's an important part of the story of why I choreograph. Although I loved dance from a very young age, I grew up never seeing a single person like me in dance. So how could I imagine a future for myself there?
The enormous barriers I had to overcome weren't internal: I didn't struggle with feelings of dysphoria, and I wasn't locked down by shame.