Summer 2022 Dance Residency

STUDY WITH INNOVATIVE CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS

Residency I: May 23 - June 10, 2022
Residency II: June 13 - July 1, 2022

This dance program is based on strong technical training, achieved by concentrating on the healthy and efficient use of the body to realize each person’s physical potential, and the development of the imaginative and creative elements of each individual. To this end, we integrate the instruction from Tisch’s permanent faculty of master teachers with that of major guest artists and company members.

Each residency is for the intermediate-to-advanced NYU and visiting dance student.

Residency I
DANC-UT 1400 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5004 (Non-Credit)

Residency II

DANC-UT 1401 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5005 (Non-Credit)

SCHEDULE OF 2022 PARTICIPATING DANCE COMPANIES

Residency I 
May 23 - 27, 2022 – Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company
May 31 - June 3, 2022 – Gallim Dance
June 6 - 10, 2022 – Sofia Nappi/Guest Artist from Italy

Residency II
June 13 - 17, 2022 – Sidra Bell Dance NY
June 20 - 24, 2022 – David Dorfman Dance
June 27 - July 1, 2022 – Gibney Company

DANCE COMPANIES

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company
May 23 - 27, 2022
Artistic Director: Ronald K. Brown

About EVIDENCE, A Dance Company

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY focuses on the fusion of African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of African forms and rhythms. EVIDENCE tours to some 30 communities in the United States annually. The company has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Hawaii, Ireland, Holland, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, and in 2010 joined the U.S. State Department’s DanceMotion USASM tour to perform works, teach master classes, and conduct demonstrations. Annually, the company reaches an audience of more than 30,000.

About Ronald K. Brown

Ronald K. Brown

Ronald K. Brown, raised in Brooklyn, NY, founded EVIDENCE, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works, as well as other choreographers and artists, and has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Ballet Hispánico, TU Dance, and Malpaso Dance Company.

He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner, and musicians Jason Moran, Arturo O'Farrill and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Brown is the recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. His other awards and recognitions include the AUDELCO Award for his choreography in Regina Taylor’s award-winning play Crowns, two Black Theater Alliance Awards, and a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony Award winning Broadway and national touring production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arranged by Diedre Murray, and directed by Diane Paulus.

Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop 2000 Mentor of the Year and has received the Doris Duke Artist Award, NYC City Center Fellowship, Scripps/ADF Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, Dance Magazine Award, and The Ailey Apex Award.

Brown is Co-Artistic Director of Restoration ART Youth Arts Academy Pre-Professional Training Program / Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble, a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, and a Creative Administration Research artist at NCCAkron.

Gallim Dance
May 31 - June 3, 2022
Director: Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller is the founder and artistic director of GALLIM a movement-based production company out of New York, creating work for stage, film, sites and the visual arts.

A sought-after creator and collaborator, Miller's works have been described as both ancient and ultra-modern with few creative boundaries in site. Her works, which explore essential elements of human behavior and motivation, have been widely presented and performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Art Basel, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, BAM, The Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow, Sadler’s Wells, London Royal Opera House, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Grec of Barcelona, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Canal Madrid, Suzanne Dellal Tel Aviv, Teatro Nacional de Panamá, and DanceHouse Vancouver, among others. 

Film credits include The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, dir. by Xavier Dolan; Another Dance Film, dir. by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; New Song, dir. Ezra Hurwitz; In This Life, starring Robbie Fairchild; Shaping Absence, ORILLA, Notes on Gathering shared by The Guggenheim Museum and BOAT, presented by Northrop, all co-directed by Andrea Miller and longtime collaborator Ben Stamper.

Guggenheim Fellow and the first woman to be named Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller has consistently challenged and invited dialogue of where dance can exist and for whom it is created. She has received fellowships from Sadler's Wells, New York City Center, and the Princess Grace Foundation and has been featured in Forbes as an entrepreneur and leader in the dance world. Over a decade, Miller has codified a creative methodology that is at the center of her creative praxis and exchange with students, dancers, collaborators, and presenters. She has been a guest teacher and lecturer at Harvard, The Juilliard School, NYU, Barnard, Sara Lawrence, Wesleyan, Marymount Manhattan, Univeristy of the Arts, among others. Throughout the pandemic Miller has zeroed in on the creative and professional development needs within the dance community through GALLIM programs such as Build Your Creative Practice Workshop: Meeting Creatives Around the World, Dancing with The Camera: Fundamentals of Dance Filmmaking, Dancing with the Camera: From Concept to Delivery, SITE: Fundamentals in Site Specific Work, MovingWomen Residencies at GALLIM Studio, Jam and Toast: Free Morning Class on InstagramLIVE, HAPPY HOUR: Conversations with Thought Leaders over Drinks as well as free streaming of repertory works and films. 

Recent commissions include New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Hispánico, Pennsylvania Ballet, Abraham.in.Motion, Atlanta Ballet, Bern Ballet, The Juilliard School, Ailey 2, Rambert2, and NDT 2. Collaborations in fashion include Hermès, Vogue, SportsMax, KSwiss, Lacoste, Target, and Calvin Klein.  

Miller is a graduate of The Juilliard School, currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the mother of two.

Allysen Hooks

Allysen Hooks

Allysen Hooks is from Houston,Texas. She graduated from The Juilliard School in 2010. Allysen danced with Dance Heginbotham under direction of John Heginbotham from 2011-2012. She joined Gallim Dance in 2012 and is a close collaborator of artistic director Andrea Miller. Allysen has also created her own work for dancers at Indiana University. She is currently working on her comprehensive Pilates certification through Equinox.

Christopher Kinsey

Christopher Kinsey

Christopher Kinsey received his BFA in contemporary performance with an emphasis in creating performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Before joining Gallim in 2019, Christopher danced for madboots dance  & Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, under the direction of James Sutherland.

Christopher creates his own work alongside Maggie Costales for Haus of PVMNT. Their work has been performed at the ICA Boston, The Joyce Theater, Triskelion Arts & Arts On Site. Their most recent film “Cantati Li Me Canti” was released in December 2021.

hausofpvmnt.com

Annie Rigney

Annie Rigney

Annie Rigney is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, Gaga teacher, and Ilan Lev therapist. She graduated summa cum laude from the Dance Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. Annie has danced with the Batsheva Ensemble, performing works by Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. She danced with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company for two seasons, touring in Israel and internationally with their works Oyster, Rushes, and Bombyx Mori. She has freelanced with LeeSaar the Company, Zoe Scofield, and GALLIM Dance. In 2015, Annie joined the cast of Sleep No More, Punchdrunk's acclaimed immersive theater show in NYC, and performed with the company until early 2019.

Annie is a certified Gaga teacher and teaches regularly in New York City at Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, University of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, and most recently on Zoom! Her work was recently featured as a part of the 92nd Street Y's, Future Dance Festival and has been performed at UArts School of Dance, Batsheva Studios in Tel Aviv as part of Bathseva Ensemble Creates, at Arts on Site, at Greenspace DanceNow(NYC), in the Dance Theater Lab at SUNY Purchase, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and Reverb Dance Festival. Annie played a supporting role in Boaz Yakin's film Aviva, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith. 

She has been a practicing Ilan Lev Therapist since 2011 and operates a private practice in the Ilan Lev Method, treating dancers and other artists for injury and functional limitations. 

Her choreographic interest and movement research lies in the intersection between extreme physicality and healing; In the conflict between the need for art to challenge and destroy and the simultaneous healing and uniting power of movement. With this in mind, she’s been developing her own movement language for dancers that aims to teach dancers to unlock their physical potential while giving them tools for efficiency of effort and self-treatment for injury.

 

Georgia Usborne

Georgia Usborne

Georgia is a dance artist performing, creating, and teaching out of Brooklyn, New York. Originally from the UK, she graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2010 and danced with Bern Ballet in Switzerland under the direction of Cathy Marston. In Bern, Georgia worked with choreographers including Orjan Andersson, Alexander Ekman, Adonis Foniadakis, Johan Inger, Didy Veldman, and Noa Zuk, and completed her MA in Contemporary Dance. Georgia joined Andrea Miller’s company Gallim in 2014, creating, performing and teaching internationally, and working as Gallim's Studio programming coordinator from 2018-2019. She continues to work with the company as a guest artist and teacher, and as a freelance dancer in NYC. Georgia creates and directs movement for independent film, video, and live performance, and teaches. She is the founding Creative Director of CreateART, performance and residency platform for emerging art. Georgia is also currently working as the Event Curator for Arts on Site. 

More at georgiausborne.com and createartperformance.org 
IG: @georgiausborne, @create.art.performance

 

Sofia Nappi/Guest Artists from Italy
June 6 - 10, 2022 

Sofia Nappi

Sofia Nappi

Sofia Nappi, choreographer and professional dancer, graduated from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York and then deepened her studies with Hofesh Shechter and in Tel Aviv, where she is currently obtaining her certification as a teacher of Gaga technique, the language of the famous choreographer Ohad Naharin.

Interpreter of works signed by internationally renowned artists including Sita Ostheimer, Jon Ole Olstad, Alvin Ailey, Brice Mousset, Alessio Silvestrin, Sidra Bell, Netta Yerushalmy, Juel D. Lane, Clifton Brown, Earl Mosley, Robert Moses, Sofia and artistic director and co-founder of her “KOMOCO” project thanks to the generous support of the historic Ass. Sosta Palmizi.

Sofia has been a guest choreographer for international companies, artist in residence, she has presented works with KOMOCO and taught professional workshops in Germany, USA, Italy, Holland, Israel, France, Albania, Spain, Canary Islands, Kosovo, Belgium, and Hungary, making stops to many prestigious Italian and international festivals and platforms, including: La Biennale Di Venezia, The Albania Meeting Dance Festival, RomaEuropa Festival, MASDANZA, and many other. This upcoming spring Sofia’s newest full-evening length production with KOMOCO will premiere at the Colours International Dance Festival 2022, directed by Eric Gauthier, in Stuttgart.

Her latest work "Dodi", already the winner of the Introdans Partner Award at the Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition 2021, was awarded the 1st Prize, the Critics' Award and the Production Award by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation and by the Artistic Director Marco Goecke of Staatstheater Hannover at the prestigious 35. International Choreography Competition Hannover 2021.

Sofia is looking forward to continuing all future projects with KOMOCO together with her closest collaborators Paolo Piancastelli and Adriano Popolo Rubbio. In the close future there are not only new productions commissioned by prestigious realities such as the Staatstheater Hannover, Nationaltheater of Mannheim, Introdans and Ballet X (USA), but there is also "IMA", the new full-evening KOMOCO production, co-produced by The Color International Dance Festival 2022 - directed by Eric Gauthier -, by Cango Virgilio Sieni, by the El Canal Theater in Madrid and by Ass. Sosta Palmizi.

Paolo Piancastelli

Paolo Piancastelli was born in Faenza, Italy in 1996. He started studying classical ballet and contemporary with “Danza & Danza” in Castel Bolognese.  

Since 2010 he has perfected his classic technique with master [ballet] teachers Noemi Briganti and Serge Manguette

After a positive audition he entered the “Balletto di Toscana” school program under the  direction of Cristina Bozzolini. In the same year he start to work with experimental group  “Antitesi” under the direction of Arianna Benedetti, interpreting principal roles. 

From 2014 to 2017 under the invitation of the choreographer Serge Manguette, he started his collaboration with Opera de Nice’s Theater for the “Festival d’Operettes”. 

In 2016 he had the opportunity to interpret the principal role in Davide Bombana’s “Romeo e Giulietta” with the Junior company of Balletto di Toscana and the principal role of Arianna Benedetti’s “Peter Pan” with the Antitesi company. 

In September 2017 he danced as a soloist for the opera “L’Orfeo” for the Olympic Theater of Vicenza. 

Dancer and choreographer Valerio Longo made a special solo for him for the “International Dance Day” in 2018. 

In 2018 he also started his experience with EgriBiancoDanza Company under the direction of Susanna Egri and Raphael Bianco performing pieces of R. Bianco, Giovanni Napoli, Pablo  Girolami, Sofia Nappi, and others, where he stayed until August 2020. 

In April 2019 he started to collaborate with “Balletto Teatro di Torino” company directed by Viola Scaglione, working with many choreographers as Manfredi Perego, Andrea Costanzo Martini, and Ella Rothschild.  

He started his collaboration with Sofia Nappi in August 2020, where with the company Komoco they performed all around Italy and Europe.  

Since February 2021 he also covers the role of choreographer assistant, and in December 2021 they were invited by National Theater of Mannheim to create a new piece.

Adriano Popolo Rubbio

Adriano Popolo Rubbio was born in 1993 in Siracusa, Sicily. After a first training in urban dance and hip-hop, he approached contemporary dance. From 2012 to 2015 he attended "Modem" professional dance training at Scenario Pubblico, an Italian national dance production center in Catania. Here he trained by studying ballet, contemporary dance, and choreographic and improvisation workshops. He also had the opportunity to dance for various choreographers such as Giovanna Velardi, Wei Meng Poon, and Enrico Musmeci.

From 2015 to 2021 he was a dancer at Roberto Zappalà's Compagnia Zappalà Danza. He danced in all the most important productions of the company, including new creations and repertoire pieces. Between 2016 and 2017 he collaborated as a freelance dancer with the company INTERNO5 in Naples, on choreography by Antonello Tudisco. In the summer of 2017 he joined the London company Jason Mabana for the “Requiem for Aleppo” project by composer David Cazalet.

Since 2018 he has also been the assistant to Roberto Zappalà during workshops throughout Italy and teacher of contemporary dance, language, and repertoire of the CZD at Scenario Pubblico. In the same year he presented the site-specific work “This is not my place” for Scenario Farm in collaboration with Farm Cultural Park, Favara. In spring 2021 he created the solo "NACA" for Panopticon installation work by Roberto Zappalà, presented and in collaboration with the Museco Civico Castello Ursino of Catania. In the summer of the same year he choreographed, together with his colleague Filippo Domini, the duet "Manas" production Scenario Pubblico / CZD for ARTFEST festival in Potenza. In the same year he collaborated with Ezio Schiavulli's Italian-French company Ez3, dancing in the show Silent Poets.

From summer 2020 he joined the KOMOCO company of choreographer Sofia Nappi as a dancer, assistant, and collaborator, dances in the duet "Dodi" winner of the first prize, critics prize, and Marco Goecke prize at the "35th International Choreography competition in Hannover" and winner of the partner award Introdans at "Rotterdam International Duet Competition 2021", and in the trio Wabi-Sabi winner of the Kommtanz 2021 prize, finalist at prize Direzioni Altre , presented in various national and international festivals. He is the assistant choreographer for Sofia Nappi's production "Holelah" for the National Theater of Mannheim and the choreographer for the upcoming 2022 creation "IMA".

Photo of Sidra Bell

Photo by Umi Akiyoshi

Sidra Bell Dance NY
June 13 - 17, 2022

About Sidra Bell

Sidra Bell

Sidra Bell BELL is the founder of Sidra Bell Dance New York and a choreographer and educator who is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor LINES Ballet/Dominican University and an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana. She has been an artist in residence at University of Oklahoma (Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair), Harvard University, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgian Court University, Marymount Manhattan College and Barnard College. Bell received a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She is the founder and creative director of the award winning MODULE Laboratory, a New York City based immersive platform for movement and theater artists

Bell has won several awards, notably a First Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany and a National Dance Project Production Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. In 2017 Mayor Thomas Roach named February 3 “Sidra Bell Day” in White Plains, NY. Her work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Bell has created over 100 works notably for BODYTRAFFIC, Ailey II, The Juilliard School, Whim W'Him, Boston Conservatory at Berklee College, River North Dance Chicago, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Springboard Danse Montréal, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School, among many others. She was the first Black female choreographer commissioned to create work for New York City Ballet where she created two works for film and the Lincoln Center stage (Fall Fashion Gala 2021 and Innovators & Icons Program).

www.sidrabelldanceny.org

David Dorfman Dance
June 20 - 24, 2022
Artistic Director: David Dorfman

About David Dorfman Dance

Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and Central Asia. DDD has regularly performed in New York City at major venues including The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, La Mama Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Met Breuer, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have also been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally by sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic.

DDD’s creative projects include: Aroundtown (2017); Come, and Back Again (2013); Prophets of Funk (set to the music of Sly and the Family Stone); Disavowal (inspired by radical abolitionist John Brown); underground (inspired by The Weather Underground); Older Testaments (2005, set to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics); Lightbulb Theory (2004, original commissioned score by Michael Wall); Impending Joy (2004, original commissioned score by Chris Peck); and See Level (2003, original commissioned score by Chris Peck and visual design by Samuel Topiary).

DDD is company-in-residence at Connecticut College, has its own summer intensive at the college, a winter intensive in Manhattan, New York, and appears annually at the Tisch School of the Arts Summer Dance Residency Program at NYU.

For thirty years, DDD has effectively engaged audiences worldwide, with community-based projects playing an important role, particularly in the 1990’s. In Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), the members of the company rehearsed and performed with groups of volunteer athletes or family members selected in the communities to which the company toured.  In No Roles Barred, DDD examined the personal roles assumed, formed, and interwoven in our modern social construct, engaging groups ranging from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters, and social dance enthusiasts. The company’s three community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries.

In March 2016, DDD performed at the opening day of the Met Breuer Museum in New York City, dancing to an original live score by Ken Thomson throughout the day in the Sunken Garden. The company embarked on a landmark tour to Athens, Greece in the summer of 2016, working with community athletes, dancers, and mixed ability movers to animate the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for their Metamorphosis Festival. DDD’s newest evening-length work, Aroundtown had its World Premiere at Bates Dance Festival in July 2017, and its NY Premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival in November 2017. In May 2018 DDD partnered with USAID El Salvador to bring dance to youth in El Salvador. Together they pledged to use their bodies for peace rather than gang warfare. All of these efforts help DDD promote its mission of Kinetic Diplomacy: the idea that if you’re dancing, you’re probably not hurting another human being.

About David Dorfman

David Dorfman

Choreographer and Dance Activist David Dorfman has been making movement-based dance theater since graduating with an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College in 1981. In 1987 he founded David Dorfman Dance in NYC with the intention of creating politically and socially relevant work. DDD has toured the world from Tajikistan to El Salvador, will premiere “(A)Way Out of My Body”, inspired by out-of-body experiences, at NYU Skirball April 22, 23, and is at work on a new evening entitled “Truce Song”, about healing and the possible reincarnation of trust. A life-long educator, David has been a professor at Connecticut College since 2004 where DDD is Company-in-Residence. David choreographed Broadway's “Indecent,” for which he was given a Lortel for its Off-Broadway run, and has also received a 2019 USA Fellowship in Dance, a Guggenheim, 4 NEA fellowships and a Bessie. In his copious spare time, he has co-created and toured internationally a body of tragi-comic physical theater with dear friend Dan Froot, entitled “Live Sax Acts” – and he continues to dance profusely with wife Lisa Race and son Samson Race Dorfman. DDD taught in one of the first years of the Summer Dance Residency Program over two decades ago, has done so every year since, and gleefully considers it one of the longest running support/growth systems for his life/artistry and company.

About Lily Gelfand

Lily Gelfand

Lily Gelfand is a Brooklyn-based dancer, experimental cellist, composer, and teaching artist. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Lily received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College. While at Ohio University, she also began her dance musician training under the mentorship of Andre Gribou. As a dancer, Lily has had the pleasure of performing works by Kyle Abraham, Joanna Kotze, Kendra Portier, David Dorfman, Jasmine Hearn, Thryn Saxon, Serena Chang, and Ani Javian. As a cellist, Lily is currently on staff as a dance musician at The Juilliard School, and has composed and performed original collaborative works for Christina Robson, Jasmine Hearn, Dance Lab NY, Toscana Dance Hub, Venza Dance, The Wooden Floor, Douglas Gillespie, and Nik Owens. Additionally, Lily is a 200 Hour RYT through the Yoga Alliance, and uses cello as a source of sound healing for a variety of meditations and restorative practices throughout the city. Her favorite color is green.

About Kellie Lynch

Kellie Lynch

Kellie Ann Lynch (she/her) has been making, laughing, and performing with David Dorfman Dance for several years. She lives in Connecticut and is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Elm City Dance Collective based in New Haven (elmcitydance.org). Other companies Kellie has had the great privilege of dancing with include Kate Weare Company, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc, Wire Monkey and Adele Myers and Dancers, with whom she danced for 10 years. As a freelance dance artist, she has also had the opportunity to work with incredible independent choreographers along the East Coast.

Kellie has received artist fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Connecticut Office of the Arts, and her work has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout the Northeast including at Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer. In addition to making and performing dances, she maintains a private teaching practice in New Haven and is working toward her Feldenkrais certification. Kellie has a BA in Dance from Rhode Island College and an MFA in Dance from Smith College.

About Nik Owens

Nik Owens

Nik Owens began his movement experience as a competitive gymnast for 17 years and started his dance training in his senior year of high school and continued at Wesleyan University, where he received a BA in Dance and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He has worked with Nicholas Leichter, Tania Isaac, and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and has performed works by The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, Aaron McGloin Dance, Raja Kelly/The Feath3r Theory, Bryn Cohn and Artists, Helen Simoneau Danse, The Bang Group, Abdul Latif D2D/T, Dual Rivet, and 10 Hairy Legs. He has worked on several duet projects and has been commissioned to create works at Rivertown Dance Academy in New York and The Wooden Floor (under David Dorfman Dance) in California. He currently collaborates and performs with Tiffany Mills Company, David Dorfman Dance, and Kayla Farrish Decent Structure Arts, and is working on a solo of his own creation titled The Right Kind.

About Myssi Robinson

Myssi Robinson

Myssi Robinson is a Bessie-nominated performer and maker from Richmond, VA. She has interpreted many dances. Her own art practice currently involves creative archiving, mixed-media marking and spatial design. Intuition and empathy play with maximalist instinct to give life to the art that she makes. It whispers may we all heal. Gratitude to Carolyn Johnson and Darrin Robinson for her life and abilities to create freely within it.

Gibney Company
June 27 - July 1, 2022
Artistic Director: Gina Gibney
Co-Directors: Amy Miller and Nigel Campbell
Artistic Associates: Zui Gomez and Leal Zielińska

About Gibney Company

Gibney Company, led by Artistic Director Gina Gibney and Directors Nigel Campbell and Amy Miller, is Gibney’s acclaimed resident dance ensemble. Gibney Company members are full-time Artistic Associates who contribute not only as impeccable performing artists but also as activists and cultural entrepreneurs. With an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, Gibney Company co-creates an environment where dance artists are activated towards their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves through rigorous physical, intellectual, and interpersonal practices. In addition to creation and performance, the Artistic Associates are highly engaged in the organization’s Community programs and are cultivated as entrepreneurs and leaders in the field through individual fellowships addressing such issues as mental health, emerging + seasoned artist mentorship and climate change. Gibney Company Artistic Associates receive 52-week contracts, health insurance, on-site physical therapy, an annual artistic sabbatical, and paid vacation. 

gibneydance.org/company

About Gina Gibney

Gina Gibney

Founder, Artistic Director, and CEO

Gina Gibney is a choreographer, director, entrepreneur, and Founder, Artistic Director and CEO of Gibney. She founded Gibney in 1991 as an arts organization dedicated to social action, and today the organization has rapidly emerged as a cultural leader operating 23 studios across two Lower Manhattan facilities. With the mission of tapping into the vast potential of movement, creativity, and performance to effect social change and personal transformation, Gibney works through three interrelated fields of activity—Company, the acclaimed resident dance ensemble; Center, two beautiful spaces at 890 and 280 Broadway; and Community, highly respected and impactful social action programs.

Considered a pioneer in connecting the arts with the broader community, she was inducted into the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame for "making art and taking action" in 2008.  Gibney is serving her second term as a Trustee of Dance/USA and has received the organization’s Ernie Award, given annually to a changemaker in the field. Gibney was a Founding Member of Dance/NYC’s Board of Directors, and continues to serve today. She was included in Dance Magazine’s 2017 list of The Most Influential People in Dance Today and named to the Out100 2016 list of influential members of the LGBT community. 

Gibney is a frequent panelist and speaker on topics of dance, entrepreneurship, and arts-community partnerships. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Case Western Reserve University where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2018, she received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

About Nigel Campbell

Nigel Campbell

Company Director

Princess Grace Award-winning artist, director, and entrepreneur Nigel Campbell hails from the Bronx, New York, and received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. He has danced for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, the Saarlandisches Staatstheater, Luna Negra Dance Theater, the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, and Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M. In 2017, he was named a Director of Gibney Company after spending two years as an Artistic Associate. Campbell’s work has been recognized with a Martha Hill Mid-Career Award, a 2011 Princess Grace Award; and he is a National Young Arts Winner, a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medalist, and is featured in the National PBS documentary American Talent. In 2015, Campbell co-founded MOVE|NYC|, alongside Chanel DaSilva, with the mission of cultivating greater diversity and equity in the dance field and beyond. Campbell also serves on the board of directors for Culture For One, a non-profit that aims to transform the lives of New York City children in foster care through the power of the arts. He resides in New York City.

About Amy Miller

Amy Miller

Company Director

Amy Miller is a NYC-based dancer, choreographer, educator, administrator and advocate. Originally from Ohio, she began her career with the Ohio Ballet, and was a founding member of Cleveland-based Ground Works Dance Theater. Since 2012, she has been a Director and a performing member of Gibney Company. Miller focuses on Gibney’s Community Action initiatives, having worked closely with social workers toward facilitating movement experiences with survivors of gender-based violence, international trainings for artists, and violence-prevention workshops with young people. Miller co-facilitates creative spaces for advocacy alongside Gibney’s ‘Move to Move Beyond Storytellers,’ a group of survivors creating performances to witness the power of reclaiming one’s agency, and moving toward shared liberation. Miller is currently a teaching artist for the Bard College Dance Program/Gibney Partnership, a multi-year engagement that represents a wide-ranging vision of what dance can be in a liberal arts curriculum. Miller holds a BFA in Dance and has thrice been a Dance/USA Mentor through their Institute for Leadership Training.

About Gilbert T Small II

Gilbert T Small II

Curatorial Director of Training and Rehearsal Director

Gilbert T Small II is a dancer, choreographer, dramaturg and rehearsal director. He started his formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. While at Purchase, he had the opportunity to study at Codarts in the Netherlands. Upon finishing his education, he was invited to join Ballet British Columbia. While with Ballet BC, he worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Johan Inger, Emily Molnar and Cayetano Soto. As a freelance artist, Gilbert has worked with Serge Bennethan, Sidra Bell, Zoe Scolfield and Kyle Abraham. Gilbert is based in Brooklyn, New York.