Nelly van Bommel
Associate Professor of Dance
Interim Director, Conservatory of Dance
Nelly van Bommel, a French native of Dutch descent, was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in January 2010. She is an award-winning choreographer whose work has been featured in France, Taiwan, Canada, and the U.S. in major festivals and venues.
“Nelly van Bommel’s choreography magically teeters between tragedy and comedy, classical and folk, serenity and wildness” — Dance Magazine
Her residencies include Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (MAD AIR), Western Michigan University Department of Dance in collaboration with DanceWorks Chicago, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. She has been a guest teacher at the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2010 and 2017, and an e-choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal.I n 2012 and 2013, she was the Director of Choreography at the RDA Summer National Choreography Intensive. Her most recent work JOE, premiered in September 2016 at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Van Bommel received her early dance training at the Académie de Danse Claudie Plaçais-Rocher and the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, where she worked with choreographers Claude Brumachon, Richard Alston, Susan Buirge, and Christian Trouillas, among others. In 2002, she moved to New York City on a fellowship from the Conseil Régional d’Ile de France. She is a student alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.