Gina Gibney launched Gibney Dance in 1991 to both create contemporary choreography that expresses the humanity of the moving body and to reach communities in need. Since its inception, the Company has created a repertory of over thirty dance works.
Highly sought-after by a wide range of performing arts institutions, her work has been featured in recent years by such venues as Danspace Project (New York), White Bird (Oregon) the Yale Repertory Theater (Connecticut), L’Agora de la Danse (Montreal, Canada), and Internationale Tanzmesse (Dusseldorf, Germany). Ms. Gibney has been honored with the Northern Ohio Live Arts Award, the Copperfoot Award for Choreography from Wayne State University, the Case Western Reserve University Young Alumni Award, Alpert Award (Finalist), the OTTY (Our Town Thanks You) Arts Award, and by Sanctuary for Families, Safe Horizon, and The Retreat. In April 2008, her company was named to the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame for “making art and taking action.”
Ms. Gibney serves on the Board of Directors of Dance/NYC and is a frequent panelist and speaker on topics of dance, entrepreneurship, and social action. She has received recognition and support from prestigious organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Emma Sheafer Charitable Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Ms. Gibney has pioneered numerous partnerships with the corporate world, garnering support from, Johnson & Johnson/Society for Arts in Healthcare, M·A·C AIDS FUND, Avon Foundation, and EILEEN FISHER, among others.
Ms. Gibney’s founding of the groundbreaking Community Action program in 1999 has since led to the building of reciprocal relationships between dance artists and social service groups and a greater visibility of the issue of domestic violence. Her commitment to “making space for dance” in New York City led to the founding of Gibney Dance Center in 2010 to provide high-quality, low-cost rehearsal space and programmatic resources to dance artists and audiences. Ms. Gibney holds an MFA in Dance from Case Western University
From Manitou Springs, Colorado, Nora grew up performing belly dance in her parent’s Moroccan restaurant. Her love of the arts lead her to study ballet, acting, and directing. Nora began her training in modern dance while at Colorado College under the direction of Patrizia Herminjard, where she graduated cum laude with a BA in Psychology and minor in Philosophy. While in school, she performed both faculty and student works, choreographed her own, and directed Relations, an annual social justice theatre project dedicated to expanding the emotional and sexual dialogues on campus. She performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and was invited to dance at ACDFA in 2012. Since moving to New York, she has been performing and creating with Fooju Dance Collaborative. Always exploring ways to intersect her mix of passions, Nora is very excited to be a part of the Gibney Dance community and looks forward to growing through this experience.
Vincent was born and raised in Austin, Texas where he took up dance at a young age. After high school he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to further his dance training at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University. Vincent has performed works with Michael Susten & Company, Gibney Dance Company, & BARE Dance Company in NYC. He feels lucky to call himself a ‘Community Actionist’ and is looking forward to making an impact at future ‘Hands are for Holding’ assemblies.
Samantha Baker is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, receiving her BA in Dance magna cum laude in May of 2015. She had the opportunity to collaborate with and perform works by guest artists Helen Simoneau, Lindsay Fisher, Helanius J. Wilkins, Bridgman/Packer Dance, as well as dance in pieces choreographed by faculty members Ursula Payne and Nora Ambrosio. Samantha has studied at the American Dance Festival throughout the summers of 2013 and 2014 learning repertory by Trisha Brown and Bill T. Jones. She has also worked and performed in outreach programs during her undergraduate career and with Attack Theatre of Pittsburgh. Samantha is excited to see what this experience will bring and to be apart of the Gibney Dance community!
Stacy is an experienced fundraiser who has worked with a number of non-profits including The New York Pops, American Dance Institute, PENCIL, and Roots&Branches Theater. She specializes in development strategy, donor identification and cultivation, special events, and institutional giving. Stacy received her M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and her B.A. in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and a graduate of the Ballet Etudes Company of South Florida. Today, singing and dancing remain beloved hobbies of hers, as she attempts new pursuits, including learning piano and scouring NYC for the best slice of cake. Stacy is also proud to have completed her first marathon, the New York City Marathon, in November 2015.
Louise, originally from Montana, graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University. While there, Louise choreographed a work entitled, “ambit.” that has since been recreated at RWU for their bi-annual dance theatre concert, and will be showcased at ACDA in 2016. Louise recently hosted a residency for Fusionworks Dance Company, who now includes Louise’s work, “ambit.” in their repertoire, and she is currently dancing with The Bang Group, and other various artists.
A Baltimore, Maryland native, Eric received his B.F.A. in Acting from Emerson College in 2012. Since relocating to New York City he has toured and performed original works by Gallim Dance, MADBoots Dance Company, LoudHoundMovement, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Peter Chu, Jonathan Royse Windham, and Eddie Peake. He spent his summers at Springboard Danse Montreal, The Playground, and The Michael Chekhov Actors Studio Boston. Eric has worked as a production and rehearsal intern for Gallim Dance and served as rehearsal director for Emerge DanceWorks. He is thrilled to be the newest member of the Gibney Dance Community!
Nigel Campbell (Artistic Associate) was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (2004), and of The Juilliard School (2008). While still at Juilliard, Nigel joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a soloist and upon graduation moved to Saarbruecken, Germany to join the Saarlandisches Staatstheater. In 2010 he joined Luna Negra Dance Theater, under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. There Nigel was the proud recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award 2011. In 2013 he joined the world renowned GöteborgsOperans DansKompani, where he danced for two years as a soloist and is currently an associate artist. Nigel has been blessed to dance the works of choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Robert Battle, Kurt Jooss, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Marguerite Donlon, Alan Lucien Øyen, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Fernando Melo, Kyle Abraham and Aszure Barton among many others. Additionally, Nigel has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a National YoungArts Level One Award and a NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medal. He is a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and at seventeen was featured in the National PBS documentary “American Talent.” Nigel is incredibly excited to be in his second season with Gibney Dance Company. In addition to his artistic and community action work with the Company, Nigel’s Advocacy Fellowship project is MOVE(NYC), which he Co-Directs with Chanel DaSilva. MOVE(NYC) is an elite, tuition free summer dance intensive geared exclusively towards gifted and motivated New York City teenagers which prioritizes those who possess the requisite talent, but lack the financial resources to achieve their full potential. MOVE(NYC)’s goal is to identify, develop, and cultivate a diverse new generation of exceptional dance artists.
Katy Chappellie started her formal dance training with Linda Lavender School of Dance and the Twin City Ballet Company in Monroe, Louisiana. She has since performed with the Baton Rouge Ballet, LSU’s Dance Ensemble, the Debbie Allen Dance Collective, Tulane University’s Newcomb Dance Company and Promethean Theater Company. She has also been a featured performer aboard the Norwegian Gem, in RAW Artists’ Kaleidoscope in New Orleans and in a music video for The Generationals. Katy was a 2014 recipient of the Jill Karp Prize for Excellence in Choreography and Performance at Tulane University, and her choreography has been showcased at the American College Dance Festival as well as at various venues in New Orleans and North Louisiana. She has also worked as a class assistant for NORD/NOBA’s tuition free after school dance program and as a teacher for Central City Dance Team in New Orleans. After graduating from Tulane in 2014 with degrees in Dance and Digital Media Production, she made the move from New Orleans to New York City where she currently works as a freelance performer, choreographer, and teacher.
Meredith graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she had the opportunity to perform works by Bill T. Jones, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Dorrell Martin. Meredith also had the pleasure of studying abroad in Italy through the dance program at Accademia dell’Arte. Her summer experiences at the American Dance Festival in 2014 and at Impulstanz in Vienna in 2015 have shaped her view of the dance world immensely. Meredith is incredibly excited to be part of the Gibney community!
Janessa is a German-born New Yorker based in Stockholm. She holds an MA in Performance Practices & Research from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a BFA in Choreography from Arizona State University. Janessa has worked with GD since 2006 in such capacities as dancer, workshop facilitator, and Advisory Group member and now works to broaden the organization’s international visibility. Janessa has successfully managed David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, and Erica Essner Performance Co-Op. Janessa also develops work for nomadthenewcompany.
Born in Portland, OR and raised in Raleigh, NC, Graham entered dance young as a competitive Irish Step dancer. He has trained with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and as a trainee under the Charlotte Ballet. Graham holds a BFA in contemporary dance performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he was fortunate to perform in works by Jose Limon, Lucinda Childs, Shen Wei, Daniel Gwirtzman, and Helen Simoneau. He currently works as a company member with Eryc Taylor Dance and with Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama. He also works as a marketing assistant for Kimberly Bartosik/daela. Graham is happy to join Gibney Dance in their mission to elevate the New York dance community!
Kassandra Cruz originates from Venezuela but raised in Queens, New York City. She started her dance training at the Professional performing Arts School and was a former scholarship student at The Ailey School. She has attended Contemporary Dance Programs in the School at Jacob’s Pillow, SpringBoard Danse Montreal and the Lines Ballet School. Since graduating from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Dance program in 2013, she has performed and toured with BHdos, Ballet Hispanco and BODYTRAFFIC, performing masterworks by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Anton Lachky, and Fernando Melo, among others.
Elyse is from Westwood, New Jersey and graduated from Manhattanville College with a BA in Dance and Theatre and a concentration in Dance Therapy. While in school, she worked with choreographers such as Peter Pucci, Ara Fitzgerald, Marta Renzi, Ann Marie DeAngelo, and Julio Monge, as well as studying with Doug Varone and Dancers, Pilobolus Dance Company, and Rutgers Dance Conservatory. She has performed professionally for Marta Renzi, Lawrence Goldhuber, Lucy Kerr, and Emily Smith (NotForReTale). While working at Gibney Dance Center she has continued to cultivate her passion to use dance for social change.
Julia Discenza is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she majored in dance and molecular biology, and performed in original works by Faye Driscoll, Sidra Bell, Bill Young, Larry Keigwin, and Andrea Miller. Since graduation, she has performed with Colleen Thomas Dance, MICHIYAYA Dance, FrediDance Project, Trainor Dance, and NathanTrice/RITUALS Dance Theater. A lover of nature, wine, food, and travel, Julia has spent 2 summers dancing in Europe. Julia also works as a freelance photographer and videographer and loves collaborating with new friends!
Taylor flew the coop of rural Ohio to graduate summa cum laude with a BFA from Florida State University’s School of Dance. While there, she worked to found a branch of Movement Exchange, with whom she traveled to Panama to teach dance for underprivileged children and to implement sustainable arts programming in orphanages and schools across the country. Over summers, Taylor continued her training in Paris, France with the Academié American de Danse de Paris, with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and with various other programs. During her senior year, she was selected to engage in a semester of study in New York City that included internships with Abraham.In.Motion, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Robert Moses, Ohad Naharin, Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Gerri Houlihan, and Gwen Welliver, among others. A freshly minted transplant to New York City, Taylor is hungry to hit the ground running and couldn’t be happier to have found a welcoming home in Gibney!
Dancer, Educator, Lecturer & Entrepreneur, Susan Epstein was born into the dance world. At an early age she studied dance and worked in her family’s renown dance retail business, Taffy’s. Susan earned a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and did graduate work at Case Western Reserve University. After a NYC dance career, Susan joined the family business. In that role, she is credited with introducing several innovative products and services, building the business and then selling it to and working for Capezio. Susan then became an established industry marketing and merchandising consultant. Clients include Perform Group, LLC/Curtain Call, Dance Spirit Magazine and Danskin. She is a past president of The United Dance Merchants of America and is the founder of the UDMA Dance Resource and Costume Show, directing it for over 20 years guiding
Susan founded Dance Pathways, www.dancepathways.org, a website and lecture series that invites the conversation, exploration and commentary on the opportunities for dancers to create a sustainable career in dance.
She is the Conference Director for NYSDEA, and the Co-Chairperson of UNITY, and the Coordinator for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters College and Career Fair.
Susan is thrilled to be part of the Gibney community.
Paul Galando has been a pioneer in collaborative digital media development in the arts community, educational institutions, and leading corporate and non-profit organizations. He is The Head of the Dance and New Media Foundation, an organization that facilitates research and provides media fellowships for dance and new media artists and students, helping them to work in innovative ways with groundbreaking dance organizations. He is Founding Director of New York University’s Dance and New Media Program, an initiative designed to teach and encourage dancers’ involvement in all areas of digital media: filming stage works, creating film/dance and interactive work, multi-media collaborations, and internet-based art. He teaches digital production and new media in the graduate and undergraduate divisions of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Paul has created partnerships and educational collaborations with leading organizations in the fields of dance, film and new media; and he has created grants and fellowships for students and alumni of his program. Organizations include: New York City Ballet, The Merce Cunningham Trust, Lois Greenfield Studio, The Harkness Center for Dance at the 92Y, Martha Graham Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Center, the Dance Films Association / Lincoln Center Film Society, and Gibney Dance. He is the recipient of awards and grants used to support fellow artists, faculty and students in the use of technology and media within the dance community. As a producer, director, and editor; his works include films, commercials, music videos, and works for public broadcast. He is an expert in filming and live streaming of performances; he mentors students in the process through educational collaborations with leading dance organizations. Paul is a graduate of NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television and is a classically trained dancer.
Kara Gilmour was a member of the Gina Gibney Dance Company in the late 1990s. She returns to the organization as Director of Community Action, having spent the past seventeen years working on program development in the public sphere, education equality, and qualitative research. For the past eight years Kara served as the Director of Education at Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy where she founded and directed the park’s education program. Prior to her job with the Conservancy she worked for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Applied Research and Consulting, and as a consultant for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Education Development Center, Lincoln Center Institute, and Grand Street Settlement. In addition to dancing with Gina Gibney Dance (NYC), Kara toured and performed internationally as a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal, QC) and Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works (Boston, MA). She holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Tamrin Goldberg, originally from Seattle, is a graduate of Barnard College, where she received a BA in Dance and Philosophy. While at Barnard, she worked with, and performed works by, Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, Larry Keigwin, Sidra Bell, and Colleen Thomas. She is a co-founder of TREES, a collaborative music and dance group that performs in bars around the city, and is currently dancing with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, and Trainor Dance. Tamrin is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, and has performed in theater pieces regionally and off-Broadway. Highlights include Berkshire Theater Group’s Oklahoma, and Marisa Michelson’s Tamar of the River. Tamrin is thrilled to be back in the Gibney Dance community.
AJ is a New York-based artist hailing from California’s central coast. He earned is BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also trained at the Accademia dell’ Arte (Arezzo, IT), B12 Festival, and the American Dance Festival.
He has had the privilege of performing the works of Rachel Erdos, Paul Gordon Emerson, Bill T. Jones, Jodi Melnick, Walter Matteini, Joshua L. Peugh, Scott Putman, Robert J. Priore, Thomas Noone, and Shen Wei Dance Arts, among others.
As a current member of Company|E, who works in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, AJ serves as an artistic diplomat for cultural exchange. He is also currently working with Eryc Taylor Dance, and Gaspard&Dancers.
Choreographically, AJ has presented in Cuba, Israel, Mexico, and Uruguay, among others.
Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn and makes performances, music and poetry. He is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. His most recent work is Age & Beauty, a trilogy that places a queer lens on mortality, the representation of the dancer, the intersection of administration with art-making, and an ambivalence toward futurity. His work has been presented at Centre National de Danse and Centre Pompidou in Paris, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, and at Live Arts Bard, New York Live Arts, AMERICAN REALNESS and the Whitney Biennial. He is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2010 United States Artist Award, a 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Art Award, a three year Lambent Fellowship from the Tides Foundation, and a 2004 and 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He has created music for several of his works, for choreographer Antonio Ramos, and is currently co-creating music with Colin Self for Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s new work. His book WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press. He invented DEEP AEROBICS, and he is a Feldenkrais Method® practitioner. At the invitation of Gibney Dance Center, he has created new pedagogical, peer to peer initiative called LANDING, which begins this fall.
A natural state native, Ali earned her BFA in Dance Performance along with a minor in Theatre Arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While pursuing her degree, she also had the pleasure of gaining professional experience as a lighting technician and stage manager. Ali also spent several years studying and teaching aerial silk acrobatics and is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. At the American Dance Festival, she had the honor of learning and performing repertory from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Batsheva, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Lar Lubovitch. Her interests are deeply rooted in the use of dance to educate, explore, and empower individuals and to cultivate and strengthen communities. Ali is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be immersed in the dance community and atmosphere of service at Gibney Dance Center!
Jessie Kardos is a Brooklyn based artist and administrator originally from Long Island, New York. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with BA degrees in Dance and French. While in school, Jessie performed with and choreographed for the Newcomb Dance Company and guest artists, and presented her work at ACDFA and in Paris, France. Jessie received the Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance and the Jill Karp Prize for Outstanding Dance Student from Tulane University. Jessie has performed throughout NYC at venues including Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance and Dixon Place. She is currently creating her own work in partnership with Tori Casagranda. Jessie is currently the Training & Education Manager at Gibney Dance.
Dana Katz is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of DANAKA DANCE. A supported artist by The Kevin Spacey foundation and an award-winning dance filmmaker (American Dance Festival) Katz is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace 2016-2017 Artist in residence. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented internationally in Tel-Aviv, New York, Tokyo, Budapest, Bilbao, Brazil to name a few. Previous artist in residencies include The Bessie Schonberg’s Choreographer’s residency at the Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn. Katz is also the curator of the Out of Israel Festival at the 92nd Street Y, and one of the initiators of Gibney Dance’s digital Technology Initiative along side director Paul Galando, where she’s the resident filmmaker.
Shawn Lawrence was born in Kingston, Jamaica but raised in Cleveland Ohio. While in Cleveland, he began his dance training at Shaker Heights High School under the instruction of Pamela Corbin and Sabrina Gregory. Upon graduation, he attended Cleveland State University to further his dance training under the instruction of Lynn Deering, Lisa DeCato and Chris Decillo. During his 4 years with the CSU dance company, he has had the opportunity to work with choreographers including, members from Groundworks Dance Theatre, Antonio Brown, Amy Miller, and Tina Custer. After graduating from CSU with a bachelors of Liberal Arts, Shawn has moved to New York City to further his dance career. While in NY, Shawn has had the opportunity to work and perform with the Balsol Dance company. Shawn is now very excited to be partnered with Gibney Dance to reach out to everyone in Hands Are For Holding campaign.
Beth Leonard began performing in the 70’s as an ensemble member of the improvisational Dream Theater, a resident company at the seminal Body Politic theater complex in Chicago. The experiences she gained there, particularly in Spolin Theater Games, mime, and Grotowski Movement, have heavily influenced all her other creative work. On joining the Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater in 1978, she began choreographing, and has been dancing and creating work in New York since 1980, including movement work for theater and opera. She is a member choreographer of The Construction Company. Leonard was for many years an administrator at Spoke the Hub Dancing, a community center for the performing arts in Brooklyn. She also works at Taylor + Lord, a firm that provides tax services to many artists. The nature of physical humor and play continues to occupy her in both her daily and artistic life.
Caroline holds a BFA in Modern Dance with a minor in Arts Administration from Texas Christian University, summa cum laude. Prior to attending TCU, Caroline trained with numerous programs including Steps of Faith Dance Studio, The Georgia Ballet, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Joffrey Ballet School. While at TCU, Caroline had the privilege to perform in works choreographed by Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Carrie Hanson, Heidi Latsky, Susan Douglas Roberts, Andee Scott, and Leslie Scates. Caroline was a recipient of the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship, President of Chi Tau Epsilon Honor Society, DanceTCU Senior Scholar, and a John V. Roach Honors College Andrews Scholar. Caroline was also named a Boller Award finalist based on her research on the topics of the senses as systems of perception, mirror neuron research, and kinesthetic empathy in the realm of dance performance. Upon her relocation to New York City, Caroline looks forward to continuing her professional career in dance performance, academic dance research, and arts administration.
2014 Diamond Research Scholars Grant recipient, Kailey McCrudden received a BFA in dance from Temple University in May 2015, summa cum laude. In her time at Temple she performed in works by Andrea Miller and Larry Keigwin, and studied under Kun Yang-Lin, Jillian Harris and Merian Soto. Now a NYC based choreographer and dancer Kailey’s work has been performed at various venues in NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta and upstate NY. She dances for Aaron McGloin Dance, 5th Digit Dance and other freelance choreographers. Her work has been commissioned by Ballet Forte, Nacre Dance Company, and Triskelion Arts. Kailey teaches at Gibney Dance Center and is thrilled to be sharing ‘Hands are for Holding’ performances with students across NYC.
Amy Miller is a dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. A former principal with the Ohio Ballet, Miller spent a decade performing masterworks by such choreographers as Anthony Tudor, José Limon, Kurt Jooss, and Paul Taylor, as well as Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, and Alonzo King among many others. She was a founding member of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater, where she collaborated on new work with such dance-makers as David Shimotakahara, Dianne McIntyre, Alex Ketley, Keely Garfield, David Parker and Gina Gibney. As Artistic Associate of GroundWorks, Miller choreographed seven works on the company and remains a guest artist. Such composers as the genre-defying Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), and Oberlin Conservatory of Music professor and composer Peter Swendsen have worked with Miller on a wide range of musical scoring for dance. Miller and Swendsen’s ongoing collaboration has produced numerous projects for GroundWorks, as well as solo works, and a recent premiere with Gibney Dance Company. Her solo work has been seen in New York City at Judson Church, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series. Prioritizing esthetic versatility, Miller teaches both Professional Level Ballet and Contemporary Forms classes at Gibney Dance Center and has fostered numerous collegiate teaching residencies including Cleveland State University, Oberlin College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Interested in finding ways to foster both artistic excellence and social engagement in all of her work, Miller strives to prioritize both components in equal measure. As Associate Artistic Director, Miller focuses on Gibney Dance’s Community Action program through facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, developing healthy relationship workshops for young people, and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence prevention. Miller has conducted Gibney Dance Global Community Action Residencies at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm) and MUDA Africa (Tanzania). In the spring of 2015, Miller was honored to receive a Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
Asami Morita graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Dance from Hunter College. She worked on numerous shows as a Production Apprentice at Dance New Amsterdam. She has had the pleasure of touring with Japanese contemporary and traditional dance and theater productions throughout the U.S. as a Tour Manager and Lighting Supervisor, as well as designing lights for artists including, but not limited to Caleb Teicher, Dylan Crossman, Jill Sigman, Gina Gibney, Jack Ferver, Nami Yamamoto, Marjani Forté, Maya Ciarrocchi & Kris Grey, Mei Yamanaka, Mike Albo, Makiko Tamura, and Steeledance.
Monica Nyenkan is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a graduate from Northwest School of the Arts. She has studied many forms of dance but her favorite is modern dance. Dance and community action are her passions and strives to help give a voice to marginalized and oppressed communities. She is extremely excited to be apart of Gibney Dance and it’s awesome arts community. She is now currently studying at Marymount Manhattan College, pursuing her bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Arts Management.
was born and raised in the Los Angeles, CA region. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University of Fullerton. While attending school, she performed the works of Mike Esperanza and Jiří Kylián and also had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center for American College Dance Association Nationals. Devin was a member of Entity Ultra Contemporary Company and Mosaic’s Urban Poets, which has given her the opportunity to choreograph and perform around the world in Scotland, Germany, Japan and Singapore. Since moving to NYC, Devin has been a company member of Summation Dance, Bare Dance Company and Delirious Dances. She has performed with Organic Magnetics, CorbinDances, Oui Danse and many others. Devin is also the media director for a faith-based dance organization called Awakening Movement. Devin is thrilled to be joining Gibney Dance Company for its upcoming 25th year anniversary. In addition to her artistic and community action work with the Company, Devin is directing the Dancer’s Economic Empowerment Program (DEEP), which identifies the vulnerabilities dancers face in their career timeline and equips them to make sound financial and career management.
After completing her primary education at the Royal Academy of Ballet, Yasemin moved to the US where she studied Dance and Psychology at Connecticut College. In order to combine her two passions, she pursued an M.A. at Columbia University in Developmental Psychology with focuses in creativity and human development. Yasemin was a research assistant for a study that evaluated the Guggenheim Museum’s “Learning Through Art” program and apprenticed at the New Victory Theater, where she created School Tool™. Yasemin is proud to be part of Community Action.
Ashley Peters, originally from Utica, NY, graduated summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology. Ashley has been a featured soloist with the Balasole Dance Company and is a member of BallaroDance. She has toured Europe as a solo artist with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s International Ballet Ensemble as well as performed at Jacob’s Pillow with Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance Company. In 2012, she was presented an Award of Distinction in Research from the University at Buffalo on her thesis regarding the history and applications of jazz dance.
From 2010-2016, Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor (Ben Pryor) worked as an independent curator and producer under the moniker tbspMGMT, through which he produced and toured contemporary performance works by Miguel Gutierrez, Trajal Harrell, Ishmael Houston- Jones/Dennis Cooper/Chris Cochrane, Yvonne Meier, Wally Cardona/Jennifer Lacey/Jonathan Bepler and Deborah Hay to venues and festivals including Festival d’Automne, Centre Pompidou (Paris), ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Festival TransAmeriques (Montreal), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s Time Based Art Festival, among others. Pryor created American Realness, an annual festival of dance and contemporary performance, at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City in January 2010. In July 2013, Pryor inaugurated a new program titled Festival TBD: Emergency Glitter, to give space and visibility to a younger generation of choreographers. Previously Pryor worked as Director of Operations for Center for Performance Research, an Artist Representative at Pentacle, a project manager for Chez Bushwick and in the Planning and Development department at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He served as chair of the Agents Council and Trustee for Dance USA from 2008-2010 and was the recipient of the 2010 Gabriela Tudor Fellowship in Cultural Management. Pryor has served as a panelist for CEC ArtsLink, the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a guest lecturer for NYU Performance Studies, The New School, Marymount Manhattan College and at the National Dance Center in Bucharest, Romania.
Erica Saucedo moved to New York City after graduating with a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Erica is a collaborating artist with visionaries Johnnie Cruise MercerThe RED project, Indah Walsh Dance Company, and Boink! Dance and Film, as well as a participant in the Building A Better Fishtrap project under the performance company, Angela’s Pulse. Co-founding vis-á-vis dances alongside choreographer Kaitlyn Bishop, Erica and Kate create work focused on questioning the politics, history and harbored emotions that exist underneath the storyline of women. Erica is thrilled to work as a Community Actionist with Gibney Dance Company as a part of their Hands Are For Holding youth program.
Malik Nashad Sharpe is an experimental choreographer and researcher from New York City. He graduated with a BA in Experimental Dance from Williams College, received a certificate in Contemporary Dance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, and is an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is primarily interested in the intersection of anarchism, cybernetics, the avant-garde, and the body’s potential for creating rich discourses. He has worked closely with Hana van der Kolk, Kota Yamazaki, Ingrid Nachstern, Joshua Bisset, and has performed his choreography domestically and internationally in a variety of venues including the Bonnie Bird Theatre in London, the 62’ Center for Theatre and Dance, Bushwick Open Studios, Otion Front Studio, ShuaSpace, Secret Project Robot Art Experiment, CLOUD at Danslab, The Free Armory Theatre, and FiveMyles Gallery, and his work has been supported by residencies at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives (2013), ShuaSpace (2014), CLOUD at Danslab (2014-2015), Lake Studios Berlin (2016). In 2015, he initiated the experimental dance outfit, YESwave*, and debuted their first work “S A S S T H E T I C” in June 2015. Malik currently serves as the Center Research Associate at Gibney Dance Center. He has published articles in the Feminist Wire, BlackGirlDangerous, POSTURE Magazine, Doing Moor, and his poetry has been published by New Bourgeois.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Scott began studying dance at the University of New Mexico under the direction of Donna Jewell and Vladimir Conde Reche. He was soon accepted on scholarship to the Joffrey School of Ballet in NYC in 2012 and has lived in NYC ever since. He has had the pleasure of performing works by Karole Armitage, Martha Graham, Christopher Huggins, and more. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the City College of New York with a BA in Sociology and currently works as a freelance photographer. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, and more.
Beth Silverman-Yam, DSW, LCSW was the Director of Clinical Programs at Sanctuary for Families from 1994 – 2014 where she was responsible for crisis shelters, individual group counseling, and advocacy services for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. A social work clinician, program developer and administrator for more than 40 years, Dr. Silverman-Yam has served in leadership roles with the New York State Psychiatric Institute, labor-based social service programs and the British Govt. Dept. of Social Services in Southeast London. She was a full-time member of the faculty of Columbia University School of Social Work where she taught Advanced Generalist Practice, Advocacy and Clinical Practice in the World of Work. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia teaching a course on Domestic Violence. She has an MSW from Columbia and a doctorate from the City University of New York.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Audrey attended the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts on scholarship and graduated as salutatorian in 2009. She received additional training at the Netherlands Dance Theater, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has been performing professionally for seven years with various companies including Ballet Tucson, Nashville Ballet, and The Equus Project/OnsiteNYC. During her career so far she has performed works by Crystal Pite, Natalia Horečna, Sidra Bell, Paul Taylor, Mats Ek, Emery LeCrone, and Azure Barton, among others. Currently, Audrey is performing with BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, and The Equus Projects, as well as dabbling with film acting. She has presented her own choreography in Chicago and New York and co-directs a multimedia arts collaboration with Alex Jenkins called AnA. Audrey has interned for both The CURRENT SESSIONS and Gibney Dance and found both to be extremely rewarding experiences. She is thrilled to now be working as Box Office Manager at Gibney and hopes that through this position, and her other work, she will help foster growth in the arts community.
Caitlin Thurgood is a native of the state of New York ad began her dance training at The Decker School of Ballet in Oneonta, NY. She performed with the Fokine Ballet Company then went on to study modern dance forms at The College at Brockport. Upon graduating she began dancing with Dance The Yard in Massachusetts and now resides in Brooklyn, NY, dancing for Vanesssa Van Wormer Dance. Caitlin has been involved in production for two years now and enjoys the challenge of each new and unique show.
Margaret Tudor, born and raised in Houston, TX, is a dancer, maker, writer, administrator based in Brooklyn. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2013, where she double majored in Dance and English. Other roles she filled while at Northwestern include research assistant, choreographer, and producer. Since moving to New York she has worked with The Playground NYC, Dance/NYC, Pentacle, and The Tank in addition to beginning her career at Gibney Dance as a Center Intern.
Julia Vickers, originally from Corvallis, OR, is a dancer, maker, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She performs and creates with Meat & Company, Emily Smith/not for retale, and Kayt MacMaster. She discovered a passion for arts administration while working for Movement Research and Faye Driscoll, and is now pursuing a career in arts marketing while also working on her own creative projects.
Maleek Washington is a native New Yorker from the Bronx. He began his studies at Harlem School of The Arts, Broadway Dance Center and LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts. He received a full scholarship to continue his education at The Boston Conservatory, and soon after he began dancing professionally. First he danced for CityDance Ensemble (Washington DC), where he worked with Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, and Alex Neoral. He’s performed in over 10 countries worldwide and performed at notorious national locations including The White House, the John F. Kennedy Center and Jacob’s Pillow.
Maleek later moved back to New York City to collaborate with McArthur Genius awardee, Kyle Abraham, and his company Abraham.in.Motion (A.I.M.) for four seasons. Presently, Maleek is the first African American male performing in the immersive show Sleep No More. After signing to CESD talent agency, Maleek has performed for musical sensation Sia on Good Morning America, and for Rhianna for an immersive experience for her AntiDiary Campaign. Since the start of 2017, Maleek has performed for PHISH in front of 20,000 fans for their New Years Gag at Madison square garden. Currently Maleek is excited to join the Francesca Harper Project and Camille A. Brown and Dancers as a collaborator for 2017.
Maleek is proud to be on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary program, Broadway Dance Center and Gibney Dance, while being a guest teacher at Peridance, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and CityDance Conservatory (Bethesda, MD).
Brandon Welch was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN where he trained at The Dance Company of Indianapolis with Diane Gudat. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. While a student at Purchase College, Brandon performed works by Twyla Tharp, Nelly Van Bommel, Zvi Gotheiner, Stephen Petronio, Bella Lewitzky, Doug Varone, and Ohad Naharin. In 2010, Brandon studied on exchange at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and in 2011 began his professional dance career with Momix dance illusionist. Brandon spent two years as a member Doug Varone and Dancers. During his time with the company, Brandon had the privilege to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Les Troyens and travel to South America with Dance Motion USA’s cultural diplomacy program. Brandon is also a co-founder of Awakening Movement, a new faith-based dance organization. He is excited to be performing in his first season with Gibney Dance Company. In addition to his artistic and community action work with the Company, Brandon is directing an Advocacy Fellowship project to create an online Global Community Action platform that will facilitate exchanges between artists who are passionate about social justice projects that center around the power of dance.
Michele Wilson grew up dancing in Elmira, NY. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the SUNY College at Brockport, she headed to NYC where she spent five years working and playing as an arts administrator. Michele held numerous roles at Gibney Dance from 2008-2010 and is extremely excited to return to the Gibney Dance family – and NYC. She has previously held positions at such organizations as Gallim Dance, the American Dance Festival and Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People specializing in fundraising and operations. She is a proud alumna of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and resident of Queens.
Devan is an aspiring artist from Huntsville, AL. He began studying drama in the Theatre Magnet program at Lee High School. Upon graduation, he moved to NYC to pursue a BFA Acting degree from Brooklyn College. His dream is to become a gospel dramatist, poet, actor and writer. Along with being an intern, Devan has immersed himself in ballet classes at Gibney Dance.
Sarah Dodd hails from Syracuse, NY and recently relocated to the New York City area. Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance. In her time there, she was a featured dancer in Zodiaque Dance Company, selected to represent the school at the American College Dance Association’s Northeastern Conference and presented choreography at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference. She now dances as a member of Smashworks Dance Collective and has had the pleasure of joining the Gibney team as a center intern.
Joy Douglas, originally from Flint, Michigan, is a Junior at Adelphi University pursuing her B.F.A in dance with a minor in Spanish. This past summer she had the pleasure of attending the American Dance Festival; where she worked with Gerri Houlihan, Juliana May, Sherone Price, and Andrea Weber. Currently she is attending the Lar Lubovitch Winter Intensive on scholarship. In the past Ms. Douglas has performed excerpts and full works by: George Balanchine, William Briscoe, Tyrone Brooks, Merce Cunningham, Orion Duckstein, Amy Hall, Darrell Moultrie, and Oliver Tobin. At Adelphi she has had the pleasure of choreographing several pieces for the Student Showcase. She is ecstatic to be a part of the Gibney team
Lena Engelstein, originally from New Jersey, graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Dance. While at Colroado College, she had the pleasure of performing original works by Patrizia Herminjard, Pantera Contemporary Dance Company, Shawn Womack, and Trisha Lai. She has had the privilege to have danced with International Choreographers in Residence Tim Mabubabi and Hsing Ya at The American Dance Festival. She has recently moved to New York to learn from the wealth of dance knowledge that the city holds and explore other passions along the way. She has found and is grateful for the great community at Gibney Dance!
Kelly Flansburg studied Creative Arts in Therapy with a concentration in Dance Therapy at Russell Sage College. Kelly has trained with Madeline Cantrella Culpo, Nancy Lushington, Sabatino Verlezza, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Erika Pujic, and Carolyn Adams. Kelly is currently the Assistant Director of Administration for the New York State Summer School of the Arts. She has been fortunate enough to perform works choreographed by Danny Grossman, May O’Donnell, Isadora Duncan, and Robert Battle. Kelly is currently on staff at Steffi Nossen School of Dance and the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center. Since moving to NYC she has dance with Bryce Dance Company, Jinah Parker Project, as well as pursuing her project SK Dance. Kelly is excited to join the Gibney Dance family to share her passion for the ever growing dance world.
Mario Flores started dancing Flamenco and Folklorico at the age of 14 at the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts. After graduating high school, Mario was a member of LCC Flamenco Company where he was featured as a lead soloist and played the lead roles of “Don Jose” and “Carmelo” in flamenco renditions of Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, respectively. In 2011, Mario enrolled at Texas State University to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Studies. While attending Texas State, Mario was a member of CIM TEYA (Creation in Motion Touring Ensemble for Young Audiences), which educated kids in all school subjects through dance and was a member of the Artistic Staff for the student led dance company Orchesis Dance Company where he produced choreography and dance films for the company’s annual dance concert. Upon graduating, Mario performed with Shay Ishii Dance Company in Dancestry which brought reconstructions of choreography from the likes of Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, and Erick Hawkins and was selected as a featured choreographer for “Dance to Breathe the Austin Choreographers Ball.” Mario looks forward to his time at Gibney Dance and is planning on acquiring a Master’s Degree in Dance and building a career that helps bring dance to unexposed communities.
Taylor is a New Orleans native and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Taylor has also attended multiple dance festivals and intensives including the Joffrey Ballet School and the American Dance Festival where she worked with Julie Bour and Netta Yerushalmy, and trained under T.Lang and Jesse Zaritt among others. Taylor also participated in the New Dialect intensive in Nashville, Tennessee under the direction of Banning Bouldin. Before moving to New York, Taylor was a guest artist in contemporary dance company, Hub Dance Collective based in Mississippi. With Hub Dance Collective, Taylor was involved in outreach education programs, and performed in multiple festivals, including RadFest in Michigan. Taylor is absolutely thrilled to be working with such talented and genuine people at the Gibney Dance Center. She is excited to soak in all the information and dive deeper into the New York dance scene.
Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, Ana is a New York City based dancer, choreographer, and ballet instructor. She is a graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet and has performed with the Atlantic City Ballet, Alabama Youth Ballet Company and Tbilisi State Ballet Theater. Motivated to dedicate her dance career to raising awareness of various social justice and human rights issues, Ana simultaneously pursued and received a double degree in Political Science, with the focus on International Human Rights, from the Birmingham-Southern College. Ana is serving as an Young Ambassador of Georgia to the United States for 2016-2017 years. As part of her mandate, she is working to raise awareness of Georgia in the United States through various cultural events and activities, and by introducing Georgian folk dances to the audiences across the States.
Shantel, a California native, began her dance training at the age of nine at The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana. She went on to attend the Orange County High School of the Arts where she concentrated in Classical and Contemporary Dance studying under Steven Hyde and Julie Shulman. Shantel graduated with a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch in 2014 having had the opportunity to perform for Pamela Pietro, Deborah Jowitt, Kendra Portier and was fortunate enough to study at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She currently dances with Indah Walsh Dance Company and creates digital and physical work for BAIT.
Robert Redick is a NY based choreographer and dancer, and recent graduate of Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet Trainee program. There he had the opportunity to study and perform in pieces choreographed by Earl Mosley, Era Jouravlev, Africa Guzman and Michael Blake. Robert has also presented work with Earl Mosleys Diversity of Dance, NYC 10, Sans Limites Dance, YAGP and the American Ballet Competition.
He is also a dance instructor at Ovations Dance Academy in Long Island. Robert is very excited to be working at Gibney and looks forward to being immersed in the artist based community that it so famously offers.
Holly Sass was born and raised in Moraga, California, where she received her dance training at California Academy of Performing Arts. She continued her training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating cum laude with a BFA in dance and a minor in anthropology. She is currently dancing professionally with LoudHoundMovement, among other emerging choreographers in NYC. Outside of dance, Holly works as a physical therapy aide at James Fowler Physical Therapy and is thrilled to be a part of the new Digital Technology Work Team at Gibney Dance Center.
Allison Sexton, originally from North Carolina, is currently pursuing a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Body, Science, and Motion from Marymount Manhattan College. She has a deep passion for movement, in both its performative and healing aspects. She is incredibly grateful to be exploring her love for dance in New York, and is proud to be part of the accepting, progressive, and welcoming Gibney Dance community.
Lindsey was raised in South Orange, NJ where she started her formal dance training at local studios and continued to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. At Mason Gross she had the pleasure to perform works by Randy James, Paul C. Ocompo, and multiple student works. She has been part of the Freespace Dance Intensive at Montclair State University and recently finished a mentorship program with the J CHEN PROJECT. Lindsey is currently a dancer for Silva Dance Company based in Harlem, NY.
Emily is a recent New York transplant hailing from North Vancouver, Canada. She has trained in many movement styles such as contemporary, hip hop, house, contact improvisation, and ballet. Emily has apprenticed with Amber Funk Barton and the response, as well as, trained with Peter Bingham and EDAM Dance on full scholarship. She has performed in many festivals and shows including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, The Brooklyn Dance Festival, The Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, and the Vancouver International Dance Festival, and has had the pleasure to perform works by Stacey Tookey, Kristin Sudeikis, Val Ms Vee Ho, and Joanne Pesusich. Currently, Emily is working with 277 Dance Project in NYC and Heather Laura Gray in Vancouver. Emily just completed the 3 month Professional Training Program at Gibney Dance, and couldn’t be happier to continue her journey at Gibney as a Center Intern!
Madeline – from Toronto, Canada – is a recent dance graduate of Point Park University, where she completed her BFA degree with high honours. There, Madeline gained a thorough foundation and appreciation for modern technique and functional somatic work. She attributes much of her transformative education to the likes of Douglas Bentz, Jason McDole and Jennifer Edwards. Madeline has attended professional programs such as Springboard Danse Montreal where she worked with renowned teachers and choreographers such as Alexandra Wells, Ami Schulman, Peter Chu, Bobbi Jene Smith and Spenser Theberge. Other programs include Movement Invention Project, Ignite by Toes for Dance, AXIS Connect, and two sessions of SBDNY Module directed and guided by Sidra Bell. Madeline’s professional and performance experience consists of commercial, concert and multi-disciplinary venues – collaborating and performing the works and projects of Cindy Salgado, Terrence Marling, Gregory Dolbashian, Sonya Tayeh, Helix Dance Project (Linda Garneau) and Frog in Hand (Colleen Snell). Additionally, Madeline has worked closely with FRESH Dance Intensive, teaching at many locations across Canada and more recently taking on the role of Event Director. Madeline is thrilled to have just completed co-directing and teaching with Beyond Movement Dance Intensive in its very first venture at Leeming Danceworks in Ottawa Canada this past August. Now, Madeline is residing in New York City, where she has just completed working with Sonya Tayeh in her production of you’ll still call me by name that premiered at New York Live Arts in December of 2016. Madeline feels unbelievably privileged to now be working with Gibney Dance, and looks forward to deepening her involvement in the city.
Alex Evans is very happy to be working with Gibney Dance! Born and raised in The Bronx, she graduated with a BA in Drama from Vassar College, starring in several plays and original pieces by their drama department. She now works as an actor and a freelance light technician.
Raised and born in Beijing, China, Yuntong graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Media Art Production. She worked for Beijing Television Station, Sony Picture Entertainment, and Columbia University before joining Gibney. She’ll soon continue her study in media technology at Columbia University and keep developing her interest in documentary films. She has a strong background in engineering and studio operation and is glad to learn from and work with the Gibney production team.
Kensaku Shinohara was born in Sapporo, Japan, Shinohara started dancing and creating his own work while studying anthropology at International Christian University in Tokyo in 2004. After dancing and touring nationally and internationally with companies such as Nomade-s, Grinderman, and with his own company Team Punchinello, he moved to New York City in 2009 for further creative work. Trained in modern and contemporary dance techniques as well as improvisation, Shinohara has collaborated with artists such as Jennifer Muller, Daria Faïn, Yoshiko Chuma and others.
He has presented his works in New York at venues including Queens Museum, Movement Research at Judson, St. Marks Church, 92nd street Y, One Bryant Park, Dumbo Arts Festival, LaMaMa Experimental Theater, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Queens Fringe Festival, WAX Works, Center for Performance Research, NYU Tisch, as well as other cities including Tucson (AZ), Milwaukee (WI), Pittsburgh (PA), Toronto (Canada), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Tainan (Taiwan), Tokyo, Yokohama, Akita, Sapporo (Japan). His works have been described as ”A spirited and fun take on urban experience,” (Art Values Education) “A sophisticated structure that allowed for playfulness, unpredictability and pushed time and space” (Karen Bernard, New Dance Alliance) and ”Filled with humor”(OFFOFFOFF.com). As a dancer he has been described as possessing an “electrifying presence” (Shepherd Express).
Shinohara is a recipient of a Queens Arts Fund New Work Grant (2016), Japan Foundation New York Grant for Arts & Culture (2016), Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership (2015-16). A dance event, Time For Dance in collaboration with Mana Kawamura was awarded an Akita City Cultural Development Grant (2017, 2018). In 2015 he was a finalist for the Yokohama Dance Collection EX competition.
He has been a resident artist at The Field (NYC), Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), BrooklynStudios for Dance (Brooklyn), MANA CONTEMPORARY (NJ), Dance Omi (Ghent, NY) and Earthdance (MA). He is an artist-in-residence at Marble House Project (VT) and International Interdisciplinary Artist Consortium (MA) in 2017.
Shinohara has taught contact improvisation, composition and technique workshops at Gibney Dance Center (New York), Emory University (Atlanta), Artifact Dance Project (Tucson), Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater (Toronto), PKTB (Malaysia), Seed Dance (Taiwan), Architanz (Tokyo), CONTE-SAPPORO (Sapporo) and more.
Since 2013, he has curated CRUSHED MUFFINS, an artist gathering series in New York City.
Amanda Stambrosky received her BFA in Dance at The University of Florida Summa Cum Laude. While in school she served as the president of the dance fundraising organization DIAS, and conducted undergraduate research through the University Scholars Program. She recently worked as the Fall Festival intern at Movement Research, and as Dancer and Choreographer in Residence at The Harn Museum of Art. While in school she performed works by Pat Graney, Nita Little, Raja Feather Kelly, Tzveta Kassabova, and Kristen O’Neal. In the City, She has performed work by Larry Keigwin at The Park Avenue Armory, and Lindsay Head at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center. She has presented her own work at South Oxford Space, and Eden’s Expressway. She is thrilled to be working as a Production Apprentice at Gibney Dance Center.
Eva Vargas grew up in Indio, California and studied different forms of dance from Ballet Folklórico to Hip Hop. She trained at California Ballet Opera and went on to earn a degree in Dance and Human Development at Connecticut College. She now resides in Brooklyn, New York and continues to make work and collaborate with choreographers/dancers from her alma mater. She is currently the Marketing Associate at KEIGWIN + COMPANY and enjoys working with the production team at Gibney Dance Center.