Kyle Bernbach (he/him) is excited to come back to NYC and join the Gibney team!  He is returning by way of Seattle where he owns Return Therapy, LLC, his manual therapy practice. Prior to becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kyle danced with Donald Byrd, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and The Seattle Opera. A Los Angeles native, he lived in NYC once before where he pursued an expansive dance career that included dancing on Broadway with Memphis the Musical, going on the road on its 1st National Tour as Dance Captain, performing with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, touring with various international pop/musical artists, and filming for commercials and music videos. To address the many ways in which he experienced racism, ableism, burnout, queerphobia, and body dysmorphia within the dance industry and to embody ways of relating to self and others that would not iterate the harm he experienced, he began to focus on movement and embodiment practices that promote health, wellness, inclusion, mindfulness and divestment from dominant culture- which led him on the path of becoming a manual therapist, Buddhist, yogi, and Yoga instructor. His private practice provides maintenance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation care that addresses the needs/goals of those in his care. The communities he serves: all humans- with an emphasis on serving BIPOC/LGBTQIA+/Disabled/Fat/Neurodivergent people- dance/performance/somatic artists, yoga asana practitioners, athletes, active and embodied people, folks living with chronic pain, the recently injured, anyone with an honest curiosity to learn more about their bodies through the power of informed touch, functional movement patterns, and dynamic changes created in the body.  With a growing body of trauma-informed personal/professional practices, Kylebrings a wealth of tools and embodied knowledge to his treatment work. He is currently enrolled in a transfer degree program as he pursues a doctorate in Physical Therapy and dreams of opening a center for embodied practices.

kyle@gibneydance.org