Gibney Welcomes Alexandra Wells
Gibney is thrilled to welcome Alexandra Wells as Senior Director of Training and Company Advisor, effective July 1, 2020
In this newly created position, Ms. Wells will oversee Gibney’s extensive training programs, which serve approximately 50,000 participants and dozens of community groups annually. She will also conduct research into advanced methods and models for meeting the unique training needs of today’s contemporary dancers.
Ms. Wells, who has served as the Director of Artist Training and the Hubbard Street Professional Program (HS Pro) with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago since 2017, is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montréal, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 that connects leading contemporary companies, choreographers, and dancers in a dynamic artistic ecosystem. She is the Creator of IMAGE TECH for Dancers™, a unique preparation for technique class, which Ms. Wells has been developing and teaching worldwide since 2004.
“We are thrilled to welcome Alexandra to Gibney. Her dynamic and forward-reaching approach to training and the breadth and depth of her experience will benefit our community of artists at all levels,” said Gina Gibney, Founder CEO, and Artistic Director of Gibney. “We embrace Alexandra’s dedication to advance the technique, artistry, and physical health of our dance community.”
“I have greatly admired Gibney and its mission for many years,” said Ms. Wells. “Their commitment to mentoring a vast spectrum of artists in the community is unparalleled. They listen, encourage, facilitate, and empower voices of the future. I am honored to join the Gibney team and look forward to working closely with Gina and Gibney Company Directors Amy Miller and Nigel Campbell.”
ABOUT ALEXANDRA WELLS
Alexandra Wells, who has served as the Director of Artist Training and the Hubbard Street Professional Program (HS Pro) with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago since 2017, is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montréal, a nonprofit organization that connects leading contemporary companies, choreographers, and dancers in a dynamic artistic ecosystem, and the Creator of IMAGE TECH for Dancers™ training program.
Prior to joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Wells was a full-time faculty member at The Juilliard School in New York City for 18 years, teaching various levels of ballet and pointe. She also served as a rehearsal director, helping to stage the work of Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe.
With Springboard, she has been working in partnership with Gibney since 2016 on projects to cultivate and mentor young dance artists. Annually, Gibney Company and Springboard partner to offer the EMERGE Choreographic Award which aims to cultivate, mentor, and actualize the burgeoning visions of today’s young artists toward becoming tomorrow’s creative leaders in the field. Ms. Wells was also on the faculty of the Gibney Resident Ballet Program in 2016.
She created the concept and curriculum for the Movement Invention Project, where she acted as Concept & Artistic Director from 2008 – 2017. She has been a guest teacher for companies including Ballet BC, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, A.I.M. Abraham in Motion, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
ABOUT GIBNEY TRAINING
The varied offerings of Gibney Training are designed to support every aspect of the professional dancer. Gibney offers high-quality, comprehensive dance training in a wide array of classes for aspiring and professional dance artists, as well as movers of all experience levels. Serving over 1,000 participants per week and engaging over 400 teachers annually, the program offers a wide range of disciplines, a rigorous structure, and a highly curated teaching roster. The program currently enjoys partnerships with a wide range of the most respected teachers and institutions in New York.
Gibney Training offers nearly 100 weekly classes for professional dancers and movers of all levels, to meet continuously increasing demand.
Gibney Training also offers Group Study, annually providing customized, immersive programs for over 18 university groups visiting NYC. Past partnerships have included: University of Michigan (MI), Boston Conservatory at Berklee (MA), Southern Methodist University (TX), Western Michigan University (MI), and Brigham Young University (UT).
ABOUT GIBNEY COMPANY
With an uncompromising focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, Gibney Company activates its dancers toward their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves through rigorous physical, intellectual, and interpersonal practices.
Over the next two years, Gibney Company will create a new model for a 21st century contemporary dance company with the support of a $2 million gift from Andrew A. Davis, a Trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund. Read more