Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Seda Aybay (she/her). founded Kybele Dance Theater's (KDT) in Los Angeles in 2003. As the Artistic Director and Choreographer, she has produced, choreographed, and performed multiple works that have garnered much attention including the 2019 Cultural Ambassador of LA by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
In 2018, Seda was invited to be an artist in residency at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and was a recipient of the Marcus Residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Seda teaches master classes all over the US including prestigious universities such as the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has also choreographed and taught for Notre Dame Academy, Le Lyceé Français, Temecula Presents, Cal State Fresno (Residency), Santa Monica College, Front and Main Festival, LA Dance Festival, Cerritos College, Pierce College, Spectrum DanceTheater, Why Dance, Praxis Project, and LACSA
Her choreography has received awards such as 2018 Outstanding Choreographer Youth America Grand Prix -- Las Vegas, 2017 Outstanding Choreographer Youth America Grand Prix – Las Vegas, 2016 Second Place McCallum Choreography Festival, 2016 First Place Front and Main Dance Festival, 2016 Outstanding Choreographer from Youth America Grand Prix – Los Angeles, 2015 Elite Original Choreography Award, Dance Under the Stars Festival, MAD BAD Festival, as well as the RAW 2011 Los Angeles Performing Artist Award. Seda’s works have been toured and presented in many cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, St Louis, San Francisco, and New York.