KATE GRIFFLER/ Director NYC based choreographer, producer, dancer, teacher. Kate is the Artistic Director of 121 Dance Project (www.121DanceProject.com) , a dance theater company shared with actor/director Harold K. German. Her work has been shown at the Akashi Arts Center (Japan), the Baruch Performing Arts Center, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts (Boulder), The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Purchase College, the Brooklyn Fashion Festival, The Gershwin Hotel, The Clemente Soto Theater , TANK, & The CENTER at West Park. Kate is also lead producer (Angel Wings NYC LLC.) of a new musical, The Awakening of Angel DeLuna (www.Angeldeluna.com). She has produced Equity readings at Theater 80, The Dramatist Guild, and a developmental production in Boulder, Colorado. Other producing credits include: danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola presents: “NYC-MEX Festival de la Ciudad International Tour” : El Teatro José Peón Contreras, (2008), “O! Balletto” directed by Lane Gifford at the New York International Fringe Festival (2008), “Antigones” directed by LEIMAY at Joyce SoHo (2008) and “International Dance Exchange & Performance” in collaboration with CAVE. Kate has been involved with REVERBdance since it’s inception and has was named director in 2011.
As a dancer, Kate has had the privilege to perform the works of Kathleen Dyer, Brooke Broussard, Masumi Kushimoto, Megan Williams, Ayako Kurakake, Stacy Grossfield, Yung Li Chen, Ofelia Loret de Mola, Takuya Muramatsu & Kun Yang Lin among others. Kate graduated magna cum laude from Purchase College, School of the Arts and is also a recent graduate from The Commercial Theater Institute run by the Broadway League.
SIDRA BELL, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York, has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Recent commissions include the Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Ailey Student Performance Group, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Ballet Divertimento (Montréal), Arts Umbrella Dance Company (Vancouver), Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre (Toronto), Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in conjunction with the St. Luke’s Orchestra, LaGuardia High School, Springboard Danse Montréal, National Choreographers Initiative, The Margie Gillis Foudnation, Bessie Schönberg Choreographers Residency at The Yard, Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, Ailey II, and The Juilliard School.
A solo work “Conductivity” recently won a second prize for performance at the 13th International Solo Dance Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany and was also presented at the International Competition for Choreographers in Hanover, Germany. The work was presented at the International Dance Festival in Athens, Greece. It returned to Europe for a tour of various cities in Germany in November 2009. Ms. Bell was selected to work as an emerging choreographer at Springboard Danse Montréal for two consecutive years and created works that were presented at Place des Arts, Piscine-théâtre, and Usine C. She has also been awarded several creative residencies at Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. The company, Sidra Bell Dance New York, has been presented by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Symphony Space, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Ballet Builders, The Harlem Stage E-Moves Series, Tangente (Montréal), The Gershwin Hotel, The Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, Stella Adler Studio of Acting (MAD AIR), the Margie Gillis Foundation, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, danceNOW at Dance Theater Workshop, The Duo Theater, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Chutzpah Festival at The Norman Rothstein Theater (Vancouver), and Joyce SoHo.
She has been on the faculty at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in the Movement Department as well as the Physical Theater Intensive and was also an artist in The Harold Clurman Center for New Work in Movement and Dance Theater (M.A.D.). She is a sought after teacher and has taught master classes and workshops in the United States and abroad. Her guest teaching has included The Movement Invention Project, Peridance Center, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Arts Umbrella, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Marygrove College, Ballet Divertimento, New Haven Ballet, Greenwich Academy, LaGuardia High School, Long Island University, Springboard Danse Montréal , and The Ailey School.
LANE GIFFORD, Artistic Director received a BFA in dance performance and an MFA in choreography from The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Seeking ways to explore a multi-arts approach to the language of dance led Lane Gifford to work in the television industry for such companies as Time Warner and Sony Music where she designed and produced promotions for artists including Wynton Marsalis, Marc Anthony, Shawn Colvin and John Mellencamp. Her choreographed works range from commissioned modern ballets for companies such as Ballet Philippines and Tappan Zee Dance Group for children, to fashion shows and promotional videos for companies such as Seventeen Magazine, Converse and designer Issey Miyake.
She has taught choreography at several schools including Purchase College and the School for Ballet Philippines in Manila as well as children’s dance and creative process classes at The JCC in Manhattan and Fieldston School. Lane & Co. has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Purchase College for a commissioned work at Queens Museum of Art (2007), at Dance New Amsterdam RAW Material Concert in New York (2008), on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (2008), during the New York International 2008 Fringe Festival, with the Downtown Dance Festival in New York’s Battery Park (2008), at Dance Theater Workshop as part of DanceNow (2008 & 2009), The Puffin Foundation Cultural Forum (2008), American Dance Guild (2009), Dance Gallery (2009) the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio (2009) and at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City (2009).
BRADLEY SHELVER (South Africa) trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and The Ailey School. He has danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, The Francesca Harper Project, Limón Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater (UK) and in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Lar Lubovich Dance, The Universal Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Radio City Music Hall and in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group.
He is an international touring solo artist throughout Europe and the USA and has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark and Italy., including; Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Compania Rio Danca, Cape Dance Company, As well as creating works for The schools of the Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools. He is Artistic Director of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, and is on the Faculty of schools and Universities worldwide. He is resident choreographer for OURE Contemporary Dance in Denmark and has written a monthly column for Dance Spirit Magazine. His book, “Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton” will be published by L’epos in 2012.