KATE GRIFFLER/ Director NYC based choreographer, producer, dancer, teacher. Graduate of Purchase College SUNY, Conservatory of Dance, Certificate in Arts Management with continued studies at The Commercial Theater Institute run by the Broadway League. Kate has been part of REVERBdance from the inception in 2005, first as a dancer then moving to curators assistant, choreographer, curator and then named director in 2011. As a choreographer, Kate’s work has been shown The New York Musical Theater Festival, 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 and choreographer of a new musical, The Awakening of Angel DeLuna which received 5 Awards of Excellence at the New York Musical Theater Festival. She has also 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. 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.
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 Originally from South Africa, attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, and was awarded a full scholarship to The Ailey School by Ms. Judith Jameson. He has danced as a soloist with Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Elisa Monte Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Limon Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Phoenix Dance Theater in the UK. He has performed as a guest artist with The Mark Morris Dance Group, Universal Ballet Company, Lar Lubovich Dance Company, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Eglevsky Ballet, Minnesota Ballet Arts, Nathan Trice Dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance, and the Francesca Harper Project. He has also performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In 2002, he was invited to perform “The Blackbird Solo” choreographed by Mr. Jiri Kylian as well as works by Ohad Naharin and Angelin Preljocaj for the 70th Anniversary of Jacobs Pillow. He was a principal dancer and singer in Javier De Frutos’, Cattle Call which toured the UK in collaboration with composer, Richard Thomas. Mr. Shelver choreographed works for Purchase College, Long Island University, Cedar Lake 2, Svenska Ballet (Goteborg), Sobers and Godley Dance, The Dance Umbrella Festival, OURE Contemporary Dance (Denmark), MAS Milan (Italy), and works for The Ailey School, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Cape Dance Company (South Africa), Lustig Dance Theater, Ballet Austin and Periapsis Music and Dance. He has created solo works for himself and works for his own company, BSCDT, which premiered in Italy, Israel, Brazil, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. He toured a solo show featuring himself in works created by Jose Limon, Elisa Monte, Alvin Ailey and Jiri Kylian.
He is Co-Producer and Curator for the annual, New York based, REVERBdance Festival He is on the teaching faculties of many notable schools and companies worldwide including The Ailey School, Matthew Bourne’s ‘Adventures in Motion Pictures’ and Phoenix Dance Theater (UK) and has been a guest teacher at the Alteballeto Festival (Italy), Bartholin Ballet Festival at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, the Laban Centre (London), Performing Arts High School (Israel), LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, World Modern Dance Congress (Brazil), as well as for the Joffrey Ballet and ABT/JKO School. As a writer, he has written a monthly column for Dance Spirit Magazine. His book, Performance Through The Dance Technique of Lester Horton, was published in 2013.
AMY MOTSON Since graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2012, Amy has been making her way in the dance scene while living in NYC. She has found a passion for dance outreach and is currently interning with the Dance for Parkinson’s Disease at the Mark Morris Dance Group. She is also a part of the REVERBdance team as Director’s Assistant, and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the new outreach initiate- Reverb IMPACT!.
Amy’s love of dance began at age 4 in her small South Jersey town. At age 12 she joined the student company at Ballet NJ and performed in numerous full-length ballets as corps and feature roles. She graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford under the direction of Stephen Pier. While at the Hartt School she had the opportunity to study under such esteemed teachers as Hilda Morales (ABT), Nina Watt (Limon). Tim Melady (Momix), Peggy Lyman-Hayes (Graham), and was featured as a soloist in works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Antony Tudor, August Bournonville, and Marius Petipa. She was chosen to participate as a work/study at the Henny Jurriens Stichting’s International Dance Program in Amsterdam for an entire summer where she took master classes and studied with renowned teachers and choreographers such as Maurice Causey (NDT), Nina Wollny (Counter Technique), Charles Anderson (Company C), and Miki Orihara (Graham). Amy has performed with Dimensional Dance and Catapult Entertainment and has been featured in the official Trashion Fashion Show and SunNectar’s music video for their single “Just an Echo”.