Nelly van Bommel


NELLY VAN BOMMEL was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’ in January 2010. Her work has been featured in France, Taiwan, Canada, and the US in major festivals and venues. Born in France to Dutch parents, Ms. van Bommel received eclectic early training in dance and theater and participated in numerous programs and projects with choreographers including Claude Brumachon (Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes), Richard Alston, Susan Buirge, and Christian Trouillas (Tanztheater Wuppertal). She performed throughout France and North Africa with French choreographer Claudine Peny.  In 2002 Ms. van Bommel moved to New York City thanks to a fellowship from the Conseil Régional d’lle de France.  Upon completion of the MFA dance program at Purchase College, she was presented with an Outstanding MFA Graduate Award for excellence.   Ms. van Bommel is an alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as recipient of a full scholarship to work with choreographer Susan Marshall during summer 2005. In spring ‘07, Ms. van Bommel won 1st Jury prize at the renowned Genesis International Choreographic Competition (Milwaukee Ballet). Also in 2007 she was a finalist at the A.W.A.R.D Show at Joyce SoHo. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (MAD AIR), a guest teacher at the Taipei National University of the Arts where her work has been presented at the Kuandu Arts Festival (fall 2008), and a guest choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal as well as Western Michigan University. In 2010, Ms. van Bommel was one of the three choreographers selected for Ballet Austin’s nationally renowned biennial choreographic project New American Talent/Dance. She won 1st Jury Prize and was a two-time audience favorite.  nøa dance was the featured dance company at the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Fall Gala in September, 2011. Her October, 2011 at Western Michigan University Department of Dance in collaboration with DanceWorks Chicago resulted in the creation of Addio Amore. Upcoming engagements include a position as the Director of Choreography at the National Choreography Intensive (Regional Dance America), two commissions from Ballet Austin, as well as NØA DANCE’s season presented by the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Ms. van Bommel is an Assistant Professor in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY.