SFDanceworks announces new leadership: Brett Conway and Laura O’Malley will succeed founder James Sofranko as co-artistic directors. As Sofranko moves on as artistic director of Grand Rapids Ballet, he will continue to act as artistic advisor to SFDanceworks in its next chapter.

After performing with some of the most highly regarded contemporary ballet companies in Europe and America, Conway and O’Malley have served as core members of SFDanceworks, both as dancers and choreographers. For each of them, the role of co-artistic director will be their first stint leading a company, though it’s one, said Sofranko, they are well prepared for. “Brett and Laura have been important collaborators in SFDanceworks, integral to its success. I am fully confident in their artistic sensibilities and operational savvy,” said Sofranko, “ I feel honored that they have agreed to lead the company into the future.”

“After ‘retiring’ from full-time dancing with LINES Ballet in 2016, I didn't expect to work with some of my idols,” said O’Malley, “but I'm so happy that James invited me to join SFDanceworks. It's been one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences of my career. Brett and I are committed to advancing the ideas of contemporary dance artists. Ultimately, we would like to turn it into a year-round company.”

“It’s an exciting opportunity to work alongside Laura,” said Conway. “We share James’ vision for SFDanceworks to be a world-class contemporary dance company, presenting works from established artists from around the world, while also cultivating new choreographic voices.”

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SFDanceworks creates dance productions that push the envelope. Counterbalancing tradition with the avant-garde, SFDanceworks celebrates classic and experimental venues alike. We pair choreographers, dancers, musicians and visual artists from around the globe into one creative melting pot in order to forge innovative, immersive, and unforgettable dance experiences.

SFDanceworks was founded in 2014 by James Sofranko.



SFDanceworks invites and deserves all manner of generous support. Intelligent direction by Sofranko that sets aside ego and instant gratification in favor of curating programs consciously, and with an eye cultivated by the past but cast toward the future, should be prized and appraised with heartfelt enthusiasm and commitment. Bravo!
— Toba Singer, CultureVulture.net


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