Gina Gibney CEO & Artistic Director 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 Danspace Project and Dance/NYC. She 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 the Agnes Varis Trust, 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.
Adair Smith has more than fifteen years experience working with cultural institutions in New York on their planning, capital, and strategic initiatives. She has been Director of Planning and Design at the Lincoln Center Development Project, and has advised and coordinated with many Lincoln Center resident organizations, including the New York State Theater and the New York City Ballet. She has directed the planning, feasibility, and design phases of work for public spaces, theaters, studios, educational facilities, digital landscapes, and signage projects. She has served on the Board of Directors of Danspace Project for more than a decade, and has a longtime interest in dance and the performing arts. Adair has a BA in English from Wesleyan University and a Masters in City Planning from MIT. She is delighted to be joining Gibney Dance as its Executive Director.
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Native of California, Javier is a performer, dancer, educator, and choreographer. After moving to New York City to focus more on the research of dance and the moving body, Javier performed with Rebecca Alaly, HT Chen, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He has shown work in conjunction with Movement Research’s Improvisation Festival/New York (IF/NY) and I <3 Gibney. Javier has taught master classes, workshops, and been in residence at many universities both in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently working towards a certification in BodyTalk Systems, a conscious medicine modality.
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Kristen was born in Connecticut and raised in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BFA in Dance Education and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. While a student, Kristen performed in over 15 original dance works and had the privilege of working with many talented dance artists including Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp, Shouze Ma, Eileen Standley, and Carley Conder. She also had the opportunity to teach dance at numerous middle and high schools throughout Arizona and is a certified PreK–12 dance educator. Kristen recently moved to New York this past summer and is looking forward to dancing and performing in the city. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Gibney Dance Center community!
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Erica, originally from Tampa, Florida, graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. She was a part of the FSU in NYC program in 2012 under the director Sally Sommers, where she interned for Paul Taylor Dance company and studied composition with Tom Pearson and Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects. She has organized community arts showcases in Tallahassee, Florida, bringing different art mediums together in one space. She has also participated in various dance festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., including Bates Dance Festival this past summer. Since moving back to NYC this past fall, Erica has performed in numerous site specific works with fellow Alumni, and is eager to further her skills in performance and choreography.
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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.
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Ann, a native of Chicago and graduate of the University of Iowa, has a BFA in Dance and a BA in Health and Human Physiology. In college, she performed the works by Trisha Brown, Max Stone, Julie Bour, and Melinda Myers. Since moving to New York, Ann has worked with Take Ueyama, Jennifer Archibald, Laura Colon, Suzanne Beahrs, and Lena Lauer. She is part of a collective called The Lovelies and recently joined The Moving Architects. In addition to pursuing dance, she also works with middle school students as an arts enrichment instructor. One day she hopes to work with dancers as a health/wellness coach.
Ursula Eagly (photo coming soon)
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Ursula is a multi-faceted member of New York City’s dance community. She brings to her grant writing work seven years of experience as part of Danspace Project’s development team, as well as a background in dance writing. She has contributed to numerous magazines, including Artforum, and has edited the Movement Research Performance Journal, Critical Correspondence, and two Danspace Project catalogues. Her grant writing is informed by deep knowledge of the needs of New York dance artists, gleaned from years of making dances and collaborating with other choreographers. Ursula’s work is commissioned and presented throughout New York City and abroad.
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Adrian trained at University of Maryland under Adriane Fang. He currently lives in Queens and performs with Twins and Artists as well as John Zullo/Raw Movement. Adrian is co-director and co-owner of Sum Bones Co., a performance art company which investigates human anatomy as the conduit for artistic expression. He studies in NYC primarily with Irene Dowd and Christine Wright.
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Dancing since the age of 4, Samantha’s passion for dance has only grown throughout the years. She attended Bucknell University and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics and minors in both Dance and Legal Studies. During college, she was the student director of both Fall and Spring Dance Showcases, performed and choreographed as an Arts Merit Scholar at the University, and also maintained various leadership roles in academic honor societies. Samantha is thrilled to be joining the rest of the staff and looks forward to bringing both her dance and her mathematics skills to the table.
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Jenny, originally from Santa Clara, California, holds a BFA in dance and a BA in English from the University of Iowa. While a student, she performed the work of Carl Flink, Jennifer Kayle, and Chris Masters, in addition to choreographing her own work. Since she graduated, she has performed with Jennifer Archibald, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Mark Dendy. She is a certified pilates mat instructor through the Kane School of Pilates, and will continue her education in 2014.
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Charles Hayes IV hails from Bowie, Maryland. He attended Morehouse College and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. It was through his involvement with the College’s Programming Board that he discovered his passion for media and arts production. Since moving to New York in 2012, Charles has continued to pursue his dream of becoming a television, theater, and film producer. Most notably, he has worked for HBO, Fisher-Price, and The Food Network. Charles is more than excited to be joining the Gibney Dance staff, and hopes to contribute immensely to the performing arts community.
Marion started her training in France with Francine Richard (Opera de Paris) and went on to study ballet and contemporary dance at the Conservatory of Lyon. Later, she moved to Paris and joined the Modern Dance Ensemble and the FFD Company. She earned her Ballet Teaching Certificate and then moved to New York to study at the Martha Graham School. As a scholarship student, she completed her Professional Training Program, Teaching Training Program and joined Graham II. She also performed for Buglisi Dance Theatre and Amalgamate Dance Company. She is currently dancing with INTW Company.
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Amy Herrera started her ballet training at the age of 8 in California and dance instantly became her main passion in life. She received a BFA in Dance from San Jose State University where she studied under Gary Masters and Fred Mathews. During her time at SJSU she participated in University Dance Theater, the student modern company and had the opportunity to be featured in ACDF’s Gala performance. She recently became a New Yorker and is enthused about being at Gibney Dance Center.
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Sarah Holcman holds a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She has worked with the Hollins University/ADF MFA program, Movement Research, Danspace Project, & the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center. Sarah has performed with Lyndsey Karr & Daniel Clifton, and worked with Sarah Michelson, John Jasperse, Jennifer Monson, Walter Dundervill, & Juliette Mapp, among others. She was a 2011 Shapiro Family Fellow and recently spent a year on a Jewish social justice program in India and Israel. Sarah is currently a Facilitation Fellow with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs & performs with Larissa Velez-Jackson.
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Eileen is a dancer, choreographer and educator. She is the dance coordinator for the Boston College Arts Festival, a founding member of SPUNKandCOmpany Dance and a teaching assistant for the Rockettes educational programs at Radio City. She earned her associate’s degree is dance from Dean College (summa cum laude) and was an Independent Study student at The Ailey School. Eileen is currently finishing her undergrad degree in psychology at Lesley University and eventually plans to earn a masters in movement therapy. She is honored to be working with Community Action at Gibney Dance.
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Lena is a dance artist who has created and performed work from the Sonoran desert of the Southwest to the Andes Mountains of South America. She is the co-founder of The Lovelies, New York City’s foremost dance compositional improvisation company. In New York, Lena has produced work at Dance New Amsterdam, The Tank, Eden’s Expressway and Gowanus Art + Production, where her incorporation of aerial arts, dance, improvisation, inventive partnering and sound scores provides a foundation for her aesthetic. She also curates and swings a hammer from time to time for the FIGMENT project.
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Elena began her dance training at Oakley Ballet Center in Ventura, California under Kirsten Oakley, attending summer programs at Oregon Ballet Theater and The Boston Conservatory. She received a BA in the History of Art and French from Yale University where she performed works by Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Reggie Wilson, and Akram Khan as part of Yale Dance Theater. Most recently, she worked as a student curator and editorial assistant at the University’s art gallery. Elena is thrilled to use her writing and editorial skills at Gibney Dance as she pursues her own creative work.
Russell Stuart Lilie
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Russell Stuart Lilie trained at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Marin Dance Theater and went on to receive his BFA in Dance from Tisch NYU in 2011. Russell is Co-Artistic and Executive Director of Greene Lilie and Head of Wardrobe at Shen Wei Dance Arts where he has been dancing since Spring 2011. Russell has had his work performed at Danspace and La MaMa.
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Desiree recently graduated from Vassar College and is thrilled to be joining the Gibney Dance team. While at Vassar she had the pleasure of performing with the Vassar Repertory Dance Theater and remains infinitely grateful for the guidance of Jeanne Periolat Czula, John Meehan, Brian Reeder and her fellow company members. With the addition of space at 280 Desiree looks forward to dancing up and down Brodaway with the rest of the Gibney Dance community!
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Amy is a former member of the Ohio Ballet, and a founding member and guest choreographer of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater. In addition to numerous university residencies, her choreography has been seen at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center, & Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series, & Women in Motion. Recent performance credits include David Parker and The Bang Group, Collective Body Dance Lab, & the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
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Liz began her study of dance at the Peabody Institute under the visionary direction of Carol Bartlett. She holds a BFA with honors in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts. Liz has studied at the American and Bates Dance Festivals, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and with David Dorfman Dance and has performed works by Gerald Casel, James Martin, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Claudia Hubiak, and Sarah Holmes. Liz has presented her own choreography at the RAW and River to River Festivals and is a certified yoga teacher through Mind Body Dancer®. She founded the RedCurrant Collective in 2011.
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Melissa made the trip from California to NYC after majoring in both Dance and Communication with Honors from UC Santa Barbara under the direction of Christopher Pilafian. There Melissa performed works by Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston, Jose Limon, and Austin McCormick. During her fourth year, she collaborated on a grant-funded, site-specific dance work. Her balance of artistic aesthetic and organization flourished, encouraging her to continue choreographing and work in arts administration. She was a recipient of the Dance Education Laboratory Scholarship at the Harkness Dance Center of the 92 Street Y in 2012, where she currently teaches modern and jazz classes.
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Born and raised in Atlanta, Jessica attended her first ballet at the age of six. She trained with the Georgia Youth Ballet under the direction of Magdalena Maury and Jonsie Pollock and holds a degree in Dance and Arts Administration with a minor in Public Relations from Butler University. During college, she performed with Butler Ballet and toured throughout Poland and Russia. Jessica has also trained with the Paul Taylor and Lar Lubovitch Dance Companies. She is blessed with the opportunity to utilize her dance and administrative knowledge to bring resources to the field.
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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.
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Krissy is a native of the Boston area and is currently a 2014 candidate for an MA in Dance Education at NYU. Before coming to New York, she earned her BA in Advertising/Public Relations with a minor in Dance at Loyola University Chicago. During her time there, she performed the works of Rebecca Lemme, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Sandra Kaufmann, and Amy Wilkinson, and danced with Movement Revolution. Having worked in various artistic settings throughout the past few years, she is thrilled to have found a home at Gibney Dance Center!
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Emily is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist from upstate New York. She received her BFA from Alfred University, where she majored in Fine Arts and minored in Biology and Dance. She co-founded the Six and Four Articulations Contemporary dance touring company, which gave dancers and non-dancers space to make and show work nationally. She has participated in works by Steve Paxton at the MOMA, and Ryan McNamara’s MEƎM: A Story Ballet About The Internet at Performa. She creates sculptures under the name “NOT for reTAIL”, is currently working on a new piece “Skidding Abodes”.
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Originally from a beautiful town in New Hampshire, Stefania went on to graduate with high honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She has trained in modern dance through various intensives in the U.S and abroad. As a student, she was hired as an administrative coordinator assistant to the Department of Dance at UofM, where she learned a great deal about dance administration. Stefania is new to the city and looking to further her skills as a professional dancer and artist. She is thrilled to be a part of the community here at Gibney Dance Center!
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Margaret was born and raised in Houston, TX. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2013, where she double majored in Dance and English. As a dance student she worked with choreographers such as Annie Beserra, Lizzie Leopold, and Randy Duncan. Other roles she filled while at Northwestern include research assistant, choreographer, and producer. In addition to working at Gibney Dance Margaret currently interns at The Playground NYC and at Dance/NYC through Pentacle’s Cultivating Leadership in Dance program.
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Ava graduated from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges with an honors BA in Dance and World Literature. Additionally, she studied at the Jose Limon Dance Institute under Alan Danielson and Carla Maxwell. Since moving to New York, Ava has had the pleasure of dancing with Eli Tamondong, Hazel Lever and Kayt MacMaster. She also choreographs dance films for Adobe under the direction of Bianca Glaever. When Ava is not dancing, she teaches the GYROTONIC ® Expansion Method.
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Julia Vickers is a graduate of the University of Oregon with degrees in Dance and Comparative Literature. She has studied and performed at Bates Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival with David Dorfman, Paul Matteson, John Jasperse, and others. Since moving to New York, she has performed in the work of (Alex)andra Taylor Dance and Andy Degroat, and presented her own work. 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.
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Meg, originally from New Hampshire, holds a BA in history from Brown University. Since moving to New York in 2011, Meg has performed with Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and is currently a member of Summation Dance and Helen Simoneau Danse. She has presented her own choreography at Triskelion Arts, AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance, and Dixon Place, and produced shows featuring her work at the Center for Performance Research and SHOW ROOM Gowanus.
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Michele grew up dancing in Elmira, NY. After earning her BFA in dance from SUNY Brockport, she headed to NYC where she spent five years working as an arts administrator. She held numerous roles at Gibney Dance from 2008-2010 and is excited to return to the GD family. She also 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.