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.
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 was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. He began his training at Creative Outlet Dance Theater and is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School, and of The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. He has also received additional training from The Miami City Ballet School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Alvin Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. While at Juilliard, Nigel joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a soloist dancer for their production of Aida. Upon graduation, he moved to Saarbruecken, Germany to join the Saarlandisches Staatstheater, under the direction of Marguerite Donlon. In 2010, Nigel moved to Chicago, Illinois to dance for Luna Negra Dance Theater, under the Direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. While in his first season at Luna, Nigel was the proud recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award 2011. In April 2013, Nigel joined the world renowned GöteborgsOperans DansKompani in Gothenburg, Sweden under the direction of Adolphe Binder. He danced there full time as a soloist until June 2015. In 2016, Nigel co-founded MOVE(NYC) with his partner Chanel DaSilva. MOVE(NYC)‘s mission is to cultivate greater diversity and equity in the dance profession by providing access to high quality dance education tuition free, creating professional performance opportunities for diverse artists, and directly engaging the community. Nigel has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a National YoungArts Level 1 Award and a NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medal. He is a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and at 17, was featured on the National PBS documentary “American Talent”. Nigel is currently the Co-Director of Gibney Dance Company, after spending two years as a dancer and Artistic Associate for the company. He resides in New York City.
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.
Born in Portland, OR and raised in Raleigh, NC, Graham entered dance young as a competitive Irish Step dancer. Training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and at intensives with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the American Dance Festival, he earned a BFA in contemporary dance. Since moving to New York, Graham has worked with Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Eryc Taylor Dance, Greenville Civic Ballet, and Phantom Limb Company. He also underwent a fellowship with and choreographic premiere at Lincoln Center Education. He currently dances with Alison Chase/Performance. Graham feels very lucky to work with Gibney Dance, which took him on as an intern his very first week in New York and which has been supporting his passion for dance ever since.
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 studied dance and began performing at a young age. She has BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and did graduate work at Case Western Reserve University. After a NYC dance career, she became an established industry marketing and merchandising consultant. Clients include Capezio, Taffy’s, 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.
Currently Susan is the Producing Director of the Group Study program. She is also coordinating the Dance College and Career Fair for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM), is an active member of NDEO, is the Conference Director for NYSDEA and is the Co-Chairperson of UNITY Susan has presented seminars at SMU, Marymount Manhattan, Texas State University, NDEO and The Pulse Teacher Workshop.
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.
Zui Gomez was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Miami. She received her BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory where she performed classics by Martha Graham and Jose Limón. She has danced with Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Hispanico Dos, Collage Dance Collective, DanceNOW! Ensemble, ArmitageGone! Dance, RuddUR Dance Company, as well as Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre & Zest Collective. She has also worked alongside Jamar Roberts in his premiere ‘Veil’ in Miami. She has appeared on GlamourSpain magazine, DanceSpirit Magazine, modeled for Good HyouMan, and enthusiastically participated in fashion week with designs by Cristina Ruales (choreography by Jen Roit) and Jessica Lapidos. This is her first season with Gibney Dance Company and she is thrilled to be performing on the stage once again with some new friends.
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.
Katie Lake was born and raised in Massachusetts and received her early dance training at the Dance Studio of Wakefield and Northeast School of Ballet with additional training at the Boston Ballet School, the Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. In 2012, Katie graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California. While at LINES, she had the pleasure of working with artists such as Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, Arturo Fernandez, Gregory Dawson, Christian Burns, & Amanda K. Miller, among others. Upon graduation, Katie performed with San Francisco based company Garrett + Moulton Productions on their Swiss tour with the Del Sol String Quartet. Following this project, she moved to Saarbrücken, Germany, where she joined Ballett of Saarlandisches Staatstheater as a Soloist. While in Germany, Katie had the opportunity to perform works by world renowned artists such as Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Alexander Eckman, Stijn Celis, Marguerite Donlon, Duda Paiva, & Kenneth MacMillan. In October 2016 she received her RYT 200 Yoga Certification from the Yandara Institute in Baja California, Mexico. She is thrilled to be joining Gibney Dance Company as an Artistic Associate for the 2017/2018 season!
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 is a lighting designer who grew up hanging out back stage and performed on stage later. She has been on tour as a lighting supervisor with Kota Yamazaki, Yasuko Yokoshi, Kashu-Juku Noh Theater, among others. before becoming Technical Director at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. Her lighting design includes but is not limited to shows by Mike Albo, Maya Ciarrocchi&Kris Grey, Dylan Crossman, Hilary Easton, Jack Ferver, Marjani Forté, Gina Gibney, Jill Sigman, Makiko Tamura, Caleb Teicher, Steeledance, and Nami Yamamoto.
Niya Nicholson, a Harlem, NY native, is dedicated to intersectional racial and social justice work within the arts field and beyond. As a budding arts leader and creative entrepreneur, her work centers long-range, equity-based strategic planning and arts advocacy as it pertains to underserved and under-resourced cultural communities and organizations.
Devin 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, and Gibney Dance Company. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Evelyn was born in Mexico City, raised on the west coast, and is now cultivating her artistry on the east coast. She is a proud UC Santa Cruz graduate who devoted her time to Psychology, specifically to the effects of movement in adolescent girls of color. While there, she invested her energy in practicing community righteousness through working with the Brown Berets, Watsonville chapter and performing with Rainbow Theater, a theater troupe that vocalizes the stories of people of color through different mediums.
Evelyn is currently working with Abby Z and the New Utility and has also performed in works by Contra-Tiempo and Gesel Mason.
Evelyn intends to pursue an MFA and a Doctorate in dance in order to contribute to this much needed faction of psychological research. Evelyn plans to create a dancing sports farm where adolescents can learn about the power of self resiliency through stewarding, running, and dancing with the land. The qualitative and quantitative data generated from said farm will be used to inform and support why dance and all types of movement that involve repetition, consistency, and critical thinking are crucial elements in creating stronger, sound, liberated individuals.
Loren Sass graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with BA in Dance and Business Administration, where she had the opportunity to choreograph seven original works and perform at the American College Dance Association and the Rivers Merge Dance Festival. Loren has spent the past four summers at the American Dance Festival, first as a student, then as the Development and Special Events Intern, and most recently, as the Development Assistant. She has performed works by Jeffrey Peterson, Randall Anthony Smith, Nicholas Leichter and Teena Marie Custer. After graduating from the Union County Academy of Performing Arts, Loren took a gap year in Israel as part of the Nativ College Leadership Program, and has since looked at the world through an ever-increasing globalized lens. Loren is excited to be joining the Gibney Dance community and can’t wait to see what New York has in store!
Tyler Schnese grew up in Appleton, WI. After graduating from SUNY Purchase he joined the Hessisches Staatsballet in Wiesbaden/Darmstadt where he danced works by Alexander Ekman, Richard Siegal, Crystal Pite, Václav Kuneš, Itzik Galili and Marcos Morau (La Veronal) among others. He received a nomination for the German Stage Prize (Der Faust) in 2016 for his interpretation of the title role in Tim Plegge’s Kaspar Hauser. Tyler recently created work for Neo’s Dance Theatre in Akron, OH and is currently based in Brooklyn where he dances with MeenMoves and MADBOOTS DANCE. Tyler is thrilled to be joining Gibney Dance Company as an Artistic Associate this season.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jennifer Ayala is originally from Trenton, New Jersey, and is currently living on the Upper East Side. She is a senior at Marymount Manhattan College pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance with a body, science, and motion concentration and Psychology. While at school, she has performed in works by Bennyroyce Royon, Nancy Lushington, and Anthony Ferro. She is currently a research assistant to Dr. Sarah Weinberger-Litman, PhD and Dr. Linda Solomon, PhD and Intern at Zion Physical Therapy. She hopes to tie her passion for dance and psychology together and pursue a MS in Dance/Movement Therapy.
Tim Bendernagel is a recent graduate from The Ohio State University where he earned his BFA from the Department of Dance. While at Ohio State, Tim had the pleasure of working with various choreographers, including Bebe Miller, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Tine Salling, and Lilianna Kane, among others. In his third year, Tim performed in works by Merce Cunningham in Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 at the Wexner Center for the Arts. He has attended various intensive programs, including Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, which have allowed him to work under and learn the repertory of John Jasperse, Lar Lubovitch, William Forsythe, and Ohad Naharin. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Tim is excited to return to the city and pursue his career as a performing artist!
Jack Blackmon was born and raised and Tahoe City, California. He began dancing at age 6 and eventually attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, earning his BFA in May 2017. While studying at Tisch, Jack performed works by Trisha Brown, Crystal Pite, Karole Armitage, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Loni Landon. He also attended summer programs at Jacob’s Pillow and Springboard Danse Montréal performing works by Johannes Wieland, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Robert Moses. Jack currently dances for Séan Curran Company and creates his own work.
Tessa Brinza is originally from Novi, Michigan, and is currently living in Queens. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University in April 2017. While at school, Tessa was a part of one of the 31 works selected to attend the American College Dance Association’s 2016 National College Dance Festival and perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.. Tessa has had the opportunity to work with numerous guest artists, including Bryn Cohn, Mike Esperanza, Joshua Manculich, Rebecca Lemme, Take Ueyama, Autumn Eckman, and Jesse Zaritt. Tessa’s choreography has been presented multiple times at Brighton Dance Festival as well as at the 2017 American College Dance Association East-Central Regional Conference. She hopes to continue to create work, perform, and explore the art form as she integrates herself into the New York dance scene.
Rebecca Burcher was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Slippery Rock University (SRU) in Western Pennsylvania. She graduate in 2014 summa cum lade with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Community Programs for Americans with Disabilities with a specialization in Adapted Physical Activity. She has combined the two degrees and worked as a teaching artist for outreach programming for Attack Theatre, Dancing Wheels Company and School. Rebecca has performed with Marcia Custer, Kathy Diehl, Amanda Tarr Dance Company, The Movement Project, MegLouise Dance. Her work has been selected for presentation at SPACES Art Gallery, Cleveland Dance Fest, dotdotdot, and been commissioned by The Movement Project. Rebecca has taught various masterclasses including classes as a guest artist at Slippery Rock University, Cleveland Dance Fest, and The Movement Project’s 2016 Winter Intensive. Recently she has performed a slew of improvised solos including two separate collaborations with Cleveland musicians Isaac Bleich and Stephan Haluska.
Agnese Cebere is a dance and video artist, and has presented work in Edinburgh, London, and New York. She was also a Visiting Correspondent for Performance Studies international at PSi #21 in Santorini in 2015. Originally from Latvia but grown up in Sweden, she went to art school in Scotland, where she earned her BA in Intermedia Art at the Edinburgh College of Art working with acclaimed British artists, including Zoe Walker (Walker & Bromwich) and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. She then spent the next year at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, where she developed an embodied understanding of the foundations of modern dance. With one foot in dance and one foot in the visual and media arts, Agnese is interested in interdisciplinary practices and the ways in which embodiment can be understood through creative approaches involving technology. She is currently pursuing an MA in Media Studies at The New School in New York, where she has been advancing this inquiry with a focus on screendance since August 2016.
Dani Cole is currently a Dance and Human Rights double major at Marymount Manhattan College and facilitator of ColeLateral Movement. Embracing an activist approach through her choreographic process and movement invention, Dani explores breath, embodiment, and visceral interactions within deeply researched socio-political contexts. Dani’s work has been shown at the 92nd St. Y, Actor’s Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, Access Theater in NYC, Marymount Manhattan College, and Thomas Dale High School. In addition, Dani is a certified yoga instructor and conducts self-created movement+connection workshops throughout NYC, encouraging any and all bodies to unlock creative potential through improvisation and meditation while moving consciously with others. As an avid class taker and supporter of Gibney Dance’s outreach, Dani is thrilled to be working with the Gibney team and continuing to learn, grow, and make space for even more movement!
Suzannah was raised in Maplewood, New Jersey and began her dance education at the New Jersey School of Ballet. Following a brief period at Boston University, Suzannah moved to Jerusalem to study with Vertigo Dance Company and continued on to train with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in northern Israel. In 2014, Suzannah was accepted to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, graduating in 2017 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance. Suzannah has performed works by Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin, Matz Ek, Maxine Doyle and others. She has studied with companies and choreographers such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Ultima Vez, Jasmin Vardimon, Johannes Weiland and David Zambrano. Suzannah has been fortunate to attend both the American Dance Festival and the Festival Deltebre Dansa in Spain and to work alongside the GotenburgOperans Dankskompani in Sweden and Liz Roche Dance Company in Dublin. Suzannah is thrilled to be a member of the Gibney Dance family and excited to find her way around the NYC contemporary dance scene!!
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
Emily Hoff resides in Brooklyn and recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Public Health Policy. During her time at UC Irvine she had the pleasure of dancing in Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble. She has also spent summers at the American Dance Festival and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Emily has worked with and performed work by Lee Sher and Saar Harari, Shaun Boyle, Beth Gill, Francesca Harper, and Dr. Sheron Wray, including in her company JazzXchange. Emily is thrilled to be living in New York and a part of the Gibney team!
Caroline is a senior dance major at Florida State University intending to graduate with a B.F.A in Dance with a Communications minor. She started dancing at the age of five and did competitive dance styles for twelve years. Later, she transitioned into the Center for Contemporary Dance Company, specializing in Horton and Graham dancing. On the side she has performed in many musicals such as, Once on This Island and Grease, while working as the assistant choreographer. In college she has worked with choreographers like Tim Glenn, Gerri Houlihan, Gwen Welliver, and Rick McCullough. This is her first time doing any production work and is very excited to learn all that Gibney has to offer!
Savannah McCartney graduated from Slippery Rock University May 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, minor in Business Administration, and the Senior Class
Breana Moore is a Memphis, Tennessee native and newcomer to NYC. She is a recent graduate from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human & Organizational Development and Sociology. While at Vanderbilt, Breana danced with, led, choreographed, and produced dance shows for various groups ranging in styles of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Hip-hop, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, and African. Breana also taught dance to girls at her church in Memphis via videochat while serving her Vanderbilt community as a Residential Advisor, Head Resident, Student Liason to University committees, and leader of numerous student organizations. She has performed in works by Coley Campany, Noelia Garcia Carmona, Elizabeth Corbett, Nomalange Eniafe, Kaori Ogasawara, Robin Sanders, Katie Smythe, Judine Somerville, and Cindy Young. Currently, Breana works remotely as an administrative assistant to BrioPower and is a first-year Certificate Training Student at The Ailey School.
Javi was born and raised in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico, training at School for the Performing Arts under Waldo Gonzalez and directly training with Olaya Muentes. Continuing his training Javi pursued his BFA in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, performing works by Jessica Lang, Randy James, Meghan Frederick, Keith Thompson, Joe Goode Performance Group, OcampoWang Dance and Bereishit Dance Company. He also has had the opportunity of presenting his choreographic work at Dixon Place, The Secret Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, OpenSource Gallery, Judson Memorial Church, Triskelion Arts, Green Space, The Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, The Tank, Die Dschungeltheater & Arsenal (Vienna) and the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow. Javi is also the Artistic Director of The Movement Playground, an emerging contemporary movement collective, and are excited to premiere their newest commissions at Bucknell University (PA) and Ballet Forté (NJ) and projects premiering in Spring of 2018.
Mariana Spósito is a current resident of Brooklyn, New York and an alum from the University of Texas at Austin where she received her BFA in dance in May 2016. Throughout their program, she performed as a member of the Dance Repertory Theatre in their shows Fall for Dance, MOVE!, and Bodies and Souls. Mariana has also trained through the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and METdance Houston from artists such as Alex Ketley, Summer Rhatigan, Allesio Silvestrin, and many others.
She is a current dancer with Silva Dance Company and has performed work by Lucy Kerr as a part of Bushwick Open Studios. In addition to performing, she has choreographed several of her own works and enjoys teaching dance for all ages and walks of life.
Resident Production Training Program
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.
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 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 92Y Harkness Dance Center (NYC), 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.