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Choreographer Bio

Nominated as a 2016 “New Names to Watch” by Dance Europe, Milissa Payne Bradley is a San Francisco based choreographer and dance educator. Branded the “e.e. cummings of ballet” by The Huffington Post, Payne Bradley began choreographing in 2010 and founded the San Francisco based The Milissa Payne Project the same year. In 2011, Payne Bradley’s The Game is Afoot was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Company C Contemporary Ballet’s New Commission Project. The Milissa Payne Project’s Revolve, was awarded Best Whirling Dervish in the Best of San Francisco 2013 by SF Weekly. Payne Bradley was also awarded by BayAreaDanceWatch & SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts as the Bay Area’s Best Choreographer (Contemporary Ballet) 2012.

She has set work on New York Theatre Ballet, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Bay Pointe Ballet, ODC Theater’s Music Moves Festival and the West Wave Dance Festival.

Payne Bradley began her professional career in 2005 with The Oakland Ballet under the direction of Ronn Guidi. She is an Artist in Residence at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, SOTA and part of the teaching staff at the Contra Costa Ballet School.

Payne Bradley is a graduate with Honors from Saint Mary’s College of California in the Liberal Education for the Arts (LEAP) program, and is also a recent graduate with Honors from Saint Mary’s College of California with a MFA in Dance: Creative Practice.


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The Milissa Payne Project

The Milissa Payne Project seeks to tell stories, evoke memories and arouse emotions through movement that is grounded in rich historical traditions and infused with a modern sensibility. The Milissa Payne Project is a group of San Francisco Bay Area dance artists committed to expressing choreographer Milissa Payne Bradley’s point of view in the language of classical ballet with a contemporary accent.

Choreographer Milissa Payne Bradley seeks to collaborate with impeccably trained classical dancers, visual artists and designers, composers and musicians who share her belief in the relevance and power of ballet as one way to break through all the white noise that surrounds us.


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