Our dancers are dedicated partners in advancing the quality of the Company’s artistry and community engagement. We strive to empower Company members to be innovators, generators, and activists in the field.

Company members are also given the title of Artistic Associate because they are involved in a broad spectrum of activities both in and out of the studio, including work with survivors of domestic violence through our Community Action program, individually designed Advocacy Fellowships addressing issues in the field, and more.

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Associate Artistic Director

AmyMiller-pageAmy 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 addition to her artistic and community action work with the Company, Amy is Co-Directing the Discover Dance New York City program, which offers comprehensive, customized residency opportunities for university students from all over the world. Last spring, Miller was honored to receive a Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Artistic Associates

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.

Nigel Campbell

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.

Kassandra Cruz

Devin Oshiro 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.

Devin Oshiro

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 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.

Brandon Welch