Rebecca Serrell Cyr is a New York based dance artist and educator. She grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and was a member of the Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble. As a participant in this internationally touring company she developed a deep appreciation for art, performing works in the expressionist, modern, and post-modern dance styles.
Rebecca recieved her B.A. from Connecticut College where, under the mentorship of choreographer Dan Wagoner, she developed an understanding that the human body can be deeply intuitive, instinctual, and shameless. Driven to understand how we learn through fundamental functions of dance, she recieved her M.A. in Dance Education at Hunter College through the Lincoln Center Scholars Program.
As an active professional performing artist, Rebecca is a recipient of the 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Oustanding Performance for her work with Donna Uchizono and was nominated in 2012 for her work with RoseAnne Spradlin. She has performed in the work of many nationally and internationally touring companies including Donna Uchizono Company, RoseAnne Spradlin Dance, Jeremy Nelson, Amanda Loulaki, Anna Sperber, and Christopher Williams.
Her own artistic work has been shown at many New York venues (Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, The Judson Church, Aunts, CATCH, Jack Theater, and Danspace Project Food for Thought) and has been reviewed by The Village Voice, Infinite Body, and other journals. The New York Times describes her work as “a reckoning with all the aesthetics that can inhabit the same body, a wild sifting-through of kinesthetic information.”
Ms. Cyr has taught modern dance technique, contact improvisation, and/or composition as a visiting artist at Gina Gibney Dance, Movement Research, The Beijing Dance Academy, and Connecticut College. She has also worked as a full-time dance educator for the NYC Department of Education, teaching creative dance to elementary level children in the public school and special needs settings. Whether she is teaching dance to Elementary school students, adults, or professionals, her instruction prioritizes student experience, expression, and discovery.