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Sevin Ceviker


Sevin Ceviker was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She was born dancing. She trained in classical ballet starting at an early age, and while still in conservatory she performed professionally at the Istanbul Opera House. During this period, she appeared in Giselle, Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, La Corsaire, to name a few. She was intrigued by other dance forms as well; at a dance workshop at the Royal Opera House, Istanbul, she received a young star award in Jazz.

After training with Tac and Christoph Paluch, she began her international career, and received a summer scholarship to the Hannover Staats Ballet Dance School in Germany. Sevin’s emergence onto the New York dance scene began in 1997, when she received the opportunity to study at the Alvin Ailey School, and where she performed with Sharon Wong. At Marymount Manhattan College, from which she ultimately graduated, she explored an array of dance forms, beginning the eclectic, multi-cultural approach to dance that has since characterized her work. At Marymount, she was awarded the Excellence in performance Title under the direction of Katie Langan, and was honored to have worked with David Parsons, Christopher D’Amboise, Geoffrey Holder, Jim May, and Dunlin Foreman.

After graduation, Sevin performed with several companies specializing in forms as diverse as Modern and Classical Chinese. These included, among many others, Jamie Bishton Dance, Tysan Dance Theater, Chinese Opera, Lybirant Dance, Oh Dear Dance, and Edgar Cortes Dance. In 2006, she joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, where she spent the next six years performing solo and chorus roles around the world. In Antonio Calenda’s Looking for Picasso, she played the lead. Sevin began working with NY2 Dance in 2011, where she toured nationally and internationally. During this period, she was also the lead dancer in a Turkish musical, produced on Broadway, Hisseli Harikalar Kumpanyasi. She choreographed another Turkish production on Broadway, Ayse Eldek’s To Love... Currently, in addition to dancing with FJK Dance, Sevin is resident choreographer for Turkish American Repertory Theater and Entertainment (TARTE). She performs community outreach, and is committed to bringing cultures together through dance.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/12/2018: Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum

Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum is a journey on land and through time of the formative years of Arabic music. The program will feature the five most important classical composers of the region, presented in a chronological order.

Presented in collaboration with Multiflora Productions’s Flash of the Spirit music festival.

Sevin Ceviker