Caitlin Sikora

Creative and scientific movement researcher

Caitlin Sikora graduated cum laude from University of California, Irvine with a BA in Dance and a BS in Physics with Honors. During her studies at UCI, she performed works by William Forsythe, Caleb Mitchell, Lisa Naugle, and many others. She was honored with the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Physics for her investigation of leptogenesis under the mentorship of Dr. Mu-Chun Chen. Sikora also designed and taught a seminar to UCI undergraduates on the Physics of Dance in the pilot year of the UTeach Program, for which she later served as commissioner.

Sikora has performed professionally with Winifred Harris’s Between Lines Dance Company, Meredith Black Dance, and the Hannah Kahn Dance Company, where she also assisted in grant-writing and video marketing. She has performed and produced her own choreography under the name Poor Richard Dance, presenting two evenings of dance in the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Sikora enjoyed two years on the faculty at Colorado Ballet, Parker Dance Academy, and International Ballet School, where she taught ballet and contemporary dance to a variety of ages and levels.

In 2015, Sikora completed her MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. There, she received two interdepartmental grants to collaborate with students in the Interactive Telecommunications Program and a team of microbiologists. She also worked for the dance department as a Video Graduate Assistant in the budding Dance and New Media program. Sikora is currently enrolled in an MS program in Integrated Digital Media at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. She continues to dance and choreograph, while enjoying the opportunity to delve into a more quantitative approach to understanding movement with the aid of motion capture and analytical technology.

Caitlin's Resume


Dances with... ellipses

Enjoy a dynamic, yet meditative, movement experience. Ellipses respond to the user's mouse movements, gradually speeding up according to a constant gravitational acceleration. Let it run for a while to see a different effect.

Self-portrait (2015)

Our identities are made up of dynamic, complex webs of interests. Sometimes, we feel the competing layers of ourselves pulling in different directions. Though we struggle to keep ourselves intact, there is beauty in the complexity.

DancesWithNeedles/index.html

Despite the playful name, this piece is a serious visualization of motion capture data using calculated values for the first, second, and third derivatives of position in an attempt to access the proprioceptive experience of movement.