skybetter and associates was formed in 2008 to perform the work of choreographer Sydney Skybetter. Skybetter draws from literary, musical, mathematical, and personal texts to explore his contradictory impulses for clear self- expression and the creation of abstract, narrative-free dance. skybetter and associates performs its rigorously formal repertory to enliven an architecture of feeling that can only be articulated by arresting bodies in motion. The company has set its repertory on New York University Tisch School for the Arts, SUNY Purchase, Skidmore College, the Zenon Dance Company, Muhlenberg College, and DeSales University and its repertory has been performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, The Dance Theater Workshop / New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, The 92nd Street Y and The Joyce SoHo, among many other venues.
Kristen Arnold (Rehearsal Director) is a native of New Jersey, and received her early training at the School of American Ballet and later at Princeton University, while earning her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Kristen holds an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with American Repertory Ballet, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, and Riedel Dance Theater, and she currently performs with TAKE Dance and skybetter and associates, where she is the Rehearsal Director. Kristen has taught at various dance schools throughout the tri-state area in addition to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Skidmore, and DeSales University.
Sydney Skybetter a choreographer, curator, and consultant for performing arts organizations. After studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Columbia, and New York University, Skybetter performed with Christopher Williams and the Anna Sokolow Foundation. Skybetter is a founding partner at Edwards & Skybetter | Change Agency, which provides product development, brand management and technology consulting for such international organizations as the Mark Morris Dance Group and New York University, and has written about performance history and technology for the Ballet Review and The Huffington Post. He is a Producer with the Dance [NOW] NYC Festival, a teacher for the NYU Tisch Dance Department, and a lecturer on Dance History for the LEAP Program at St. Mary’s College. Skybetter serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Gotham Arts Exchange / Zia Artists, and as the Founding Chairman of the Technology Committee for the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University.
Jennifer Jones was raised in Lakeland, FL. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance/Choreography from New York University and a B.F.A. with a focus in Ballet Performance from the University of South Florida. Her choreography has been selected as a representative of USF at the American College Dance Festival, chosen for the Celebrazione Festival in Milan, Italy, and showcased in the DanceNOW raw studio showings in New York City. She has appeared in productions at The Metropolitan Opera, and with the Mark Morris Dance Group. She was a member of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company from 2008-2011, is a personal trainer under the Tracy Anderson Method, and a founding member of skybetter and associates.
Jordan Isadore was born and raised in Grass Valley California, and started dancing as a young child. He continued his studies at California State University Long Beach, where in 2009 he received his B.F.A. in Dance. During his studies he had the privilege to perform works by Twyla Tharp, Marie De La Palme, Jodie Gates, Keith Johnson as well as many others. After graduation Jordan became a member of the Los Angeles company Bodytraffic. While working with the company he performed pieces by Barak Marshall, Alex Ketley, as well as Club Guy and Roni. Recently relocating to New York, in addition to working with skybetter and associates he is currently working with Andrea Miller of Gallim, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and choreographer Christopher Williams.
Kile Hotchkiss was born in Half Moon Bay, California and trained with Bruce Alan Ewing as a member of Repertory Dance Theater in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship, at The Ailey School in the Fellowship Program and at LINES Ballet School under the direction of Alonzo King. Kile graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2010. He also currently dances with Keigwin + Company and with TAKE Dance.