FOUNDERS & ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
NIGEL CAMPBELL (Co-Founder & Artistic Director) was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Campbell began his training at Creative Outlet Dance Theater and is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School, and of The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Campbell has received additional training from The Miami City Ballet School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Alvin Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. While at Juilliard, Campbell joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a soloist dancer for their production of Aida. Since graduation, Campbell has danced for the Saarlandisches Staatstheater/Donlon Dance Company under the direction of Marguerite Donlon, Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani under the direction of Adolphe Binder and is currently the Co-Director of Gibney Dance Company (GDC) after spending two years as a dancer and Artistic Associate.
He is adjunct faculty at The Juilliard School, teaching “Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts” for dancers and adjunct faculty at S.U.N.Y. Purchase Conservatory of Dance teaching contemporary. A sought after master teacher and répétiteur, Campbell has set dances and given workshops throughout the United States and abroad, such as The Juilliard School, Princeton University, Ballet Hispanico, SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory, Springboard Danse Montreal, The Ballet Akademien Göteborg, No)one. Art House, MUDA Africa, LaGuardia Arts H.S. among many others. In addition, Campbell has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a 2011 Princess Grace Award, a National YoungArts Level 1 Award and a NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medal. Campbell is a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and at 17, was featured on the National PBS documentary “American Talent.” Recently, he has been named the recipient of a 2019 Mid-Career Award from the Martha Hill Dance Fund. In 2015, Nigel co-founded MOVE(NYC) with his partner Chanel DaSilva. Campbell resides in New York City.
CHANEL DaSILVA (Co-Founder & Artistic Director), a native of Brooklyn, NY, fell in love with dance at the age of three. She studied at The Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and also studied at Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn. Her training continued at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, The Ailey School, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was the recipient of the prestigious Martha Hill Award. DaSilva has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, Jose Limon, Jessica Lang, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Camille Brown, and Lar Lubovitch. She is a 2004 Level 1 YoungArts Winner, a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and also a 2011 Princess Grace Dance Awardee. She was also featured in the 2004 PBS Documentary "American Talent".
From 2008 – 2014, DaSilva was a founding member of the highly celebrated Trey McIntyre Project where she was a muse for many of Mr. McIntyre’s works. She graced the cover of DANCE MAGAZINE in 2011 and as a part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Dance Motion USA," DaSilva toured throughout Asia with TMP as an ambassador to the United States. DaSilva has taught master workshops and seminars across the nation for institutions such as The Juilliard School, Harvard University, NYU, LaGuardia Arts High School, Ballet Hispanico, and New Orleans Ballet Association. As a choreographer she has been commissioned to create works for Gibney Dance Company (GDC), American Repertory Theater, Harvard Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance. In 2019 Chanel received a IRNE nomination for Best Choreography for "The Black Clown" which premiered at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. She is the recipient of a 2019 Mid-Career Award from the Martha Hill Dance Fund. Chanel is a notable repetiteur of the works of Trey McIntyre, and was a member of the dance faculty at her alma mater, LaGuardia Arts High School. In 2015, alongside her partner Nigel Campbell, DaSilva co-founded MOVE(NYC). She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
NIYA NICHOLSON (Managing Director) is dedicated to intersectional, equitable, and sustainable social justice work within the arts and cultural sector. As a nonprofit fundraising professional and creative entrepreneur, her work centers long-range strategic planning projects, campaign management, and policy-based arts advocacy in New York City and beyond.
A native New Yorker (Harlem), Nicholson was exposed to the transformative power of the arts at a young age and honed her dance talent at the esteemed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. In 2014, Nicholson obtained her B.A. from Vassar College with concentrations in Psychology, Africana Studies, and Educational Studies, coupled with educational, legal, and performance research in Chicago, Cuba, and South Africa. In recognition of her dance and theater leadership at Vassar and in the larger Poughkeepsie community, Nicholson was awarded the inaugural Vassar College ALANA Exemplary Commitment to the Arts Award.
For the past four years, Nicholson has served the arts field as a mission-driven fundraiser, with entities like Gibney and the José Limón Dance Foundation, and as a dance and social justice advocate with Dance/NYC. With her skillset, Nicholson has provided freelance development services to national and international artists and emerging companies. In 2017, she founded and steered Gibney’s Equity Action Committee, which works to advance equity, access, and inclusion efforts within Gibney and the dance field at large. Her commitment to arts advocacy proved impactful as Co-Chair for the 2017-18 Dance/NYC Junior Committee— founding its first Mentorship Program, and as an inaugural member of Dance/NYC’s 2018-19 Symposium Programming Committee and its Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Harassment. Additionally, in 2018, Nicholson made grant recommendations as a panelist for The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ FY19 Cultural Development Fund, and was both a speaker on Vassar College’s Creative Careers panel and on David Thomson and Kate Watson-Wallace’s Sustainability Project panel. Nicholson was a 2018-19 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training mentee, a nationwide, highly competitive leadership program. In Spring 2019, Nicholson was a featured speaker at the Dance/USA Conference for two sessions addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion. Nicholson has been overseeing development and operations for MOVE(NYC) since 2015, and serves as the Chair of the Development Committee as a Board of Director of MICHIYAYA Dance. Niya has been on staff with MOVE(NYC) since its launch in 2015.
JESSE OBREMSKI (Production & Social Media Coordinator), born and raised in New York City, has graduated from LaGuardia High School (2012) and The Juilliard School (2016) and trained at Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, Jacob's Pillow's Contemporary Program, and Springboard Danse Montréal. Jesse, an Eagle Scout Rank recipient, Jadin Wong Dance Awardee (2016), and Interview En L'air’s "Dancer to Watch" (2017), has performed a wide-range of works and has performed with Diversity of Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Kate Weare Company, WHITE WAVE Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. This season, he is a Guest Artist with Gibney Dance Company (2018) and a principle with The Limón Dance Company (since 2016).
Jesse has taught masterclasses at Montclair State University, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Wyoming, and has been on faculty for The Limón Foundation, LaGuardia High School, Fort Hamilton Joffrey Academy, Diversity of Dance, and MOVE(NYC). Jesse staged an excerpt of Limón’s Chaconne on MOVE(NYC) in 2018, and has assisted in the staging of Limón’s Missa Brevis at The Juilliard School (2015-2018). Jesse has been commissioned for new works by Brigham Young University (Utah), The University of Wyoming (Wyoming), Sacred Heart University (Connecticut) and has his work presented through his company, Obremski/Works, across North America.
Jesse has been a part of MOVE(NYC) since it's inaugural year!
ADAM BERNSTEIN (Media Content Coordinator & WRITE to MOVE Instructor), born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, finds himself continually on the move. He is performing, writing, creating dance, making films, and researching; he lingers in the space between mind and body. Exploring the form since the age of eight, he has been privileged to find training in dance opportunities across the globe: beginning his journey at the Marat Daukeyev School of Ballet, he also trained at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, the Boston Ballet School, the Joffrey Concert Group in New York, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), the Royal Swedish Ballet School, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani/NuDans, and the Ballet Junior de Genève. Adam left his family and home at the age of 16 to train in Europe. He has since been recognized by Prix de Lausanne and the National YoungArts Foundation, and received the Presidential Scholars Award from President Barack Obama in 2015. He is currently a NY resident studying Theatre and Dance at Columbia University.
TIANA WOODS (Administrative Fellow) hails from Newark, NJ. She is currently a third-year undergraduate student studying Dance and Political Science at Columbia University as a Kluge Scholar. Tiana began her dance training at the age of 4. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to study under the direction of Gabri Christa, Katiti King, Christy Rak, Ariana Crowder and many others. Over the years, her teachers have cultivated in her a desire to use dance as a platform to encourage others to find their passions as she has found her own. Tiana is a NAACP ACT-SO bronze medalist and was a recipient of the Carol P. Dorian Prize for Dance. She was recently named a Columbia College Core Scholar. In addition to pursuing dance, she is also dedicated to social justice and giving back to her community.
FAITH BROWN (Program Intern) developed a passion for the performing arts at a very young age, beginning with dance lessons at the tender age of 4. She continued her studies throughout the years and decided to officially pursue her passion for dance as a career choice when she attended high school at the Youth Performing Arts School in Kentucky. Faith is currently a rising junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a B.F.A. in dance as well as a minor in business. This past summer of 2018, she spent her time interning at the Gibney Center where she was able to connect with a variety of artists and experience the life of a dancer in New York City. This current summer of 2019, she trained as a development intern at the Jose Limón Dance Foundation. She currently serves as an intern within the dance department at Illinois as well as a student board representative for her sophomore class. Her choreography has been awarded at the 2016 High School District Award Ceremony, provided her with a scholarship in the 2017 Fine and Applied Arts Choreography contest, and has given her the opportunity to present three of her works in the Dance at Illinois student production of Studio II, one of these being a self-performed solo. Faith is very grateful for the opportunity to work with MOVE(NYC), and she would like to give thanks to her family, friends, and God for supporting her along this journey.
PATRICK GAMBLE (Artistic Intern)’s training includes 13 years at Alvin Ailey’s Junior Division as well as 1 year in their BFA program. He has danced at EMIA and Hubbard Street Summer Intensives. He is very excited to take his relationship with MOVE to the next level by becoming an intern and joining the MOVE(NYC) family.
MYLES KING (Artistic Intern), a Brooklyn native, currently studies in the BFA Program at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. An alumnus of The Ailey School and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School. He has performed in works by Robert Battle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jae Man Joo, Frederick Earl Mosley, Jessica Lang, and Rena Butler. Myles has also been fortunate to perform in Jose Limon’s “A Choreographic Offering” and “Psalm”. He has attended summer intensives at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Ailey School, and the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center. Myles is excited to be interning with Move(NYC) this summer because he appreciates the community and mentorship that the program has provided for young dancers.
JAI PEREZ (Artistic Intern) is a Bronx Native who trained at the Alvin Ailey school in the Junior Division Program. He will continue his training at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance Fall 2019. He has trained in Horton, Limón and various modern styles alongside his technical training. Jai has attended the Open Access Intensive and as an artistic intern he’s excited to see dance from another perspective and be immersed in the MOVE(NYC) family.
JORDANN STOUTE (Artistic Intern) is a Queens native who has trained at The Ailey school and is a recent graduate of the Professional Performing Arts School and the MOVE(NYC) Young Professionals Program. She will be furthering her education at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in the Fall of 2019. While working alongside a choreographer, Jordann is thrilled to be an artist intern and see the growth/development of this program from another perspective. She is mostly excited to see these young dancers propel their artistic ability and watch them step into a new phase of life and conquer any challenges thrown at them.
GIANNA THEODORE (Artistic Intern) trained at Ballet East Dance Studio in West Palm Beach Florida, where she maintained her Highschool diploma with A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Gianna received YoungArts Merit Scholar 3 years in a row, and is now a Senior with the Fordham/Ailey BFA program.
While attending school, Gianna has freelanced with dance projects throughout the city. She has performed with choreographers, Mark Caserta, Levi Marsman, Jennifer Archibald, and Ebony Williams. This summer, Gianna performed as dance captain in Brian Clowdus Experience’s “Mamma Mia”, danced in several music videos, and attended Springboard Danse Montreal.
Gianna is thrilled to be on the MOVE(NYC) intern team this year to continue to receive information, and build relationships with her dance community. She has plans to dance with a company upon graduation.
MALCOLM MILES YOUNG (Artistic Intern) is A 19 year old from Clifton, New Jersey. He began dancing at Dance World Academy under the direction of Donna Farinella. Also dancing in the performing arts program in high school under the direction of Jennifer Ackermann and Cassandra Rossi, Malcolm graduated from Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey in 2018. In the fall, he will be starting his second year in the Bachelors of Fine Arts Dance program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. Over the years, Young has attended the Juilliard, Joffrey, and 10 Hairy Legs Summer Dance Intensives on full scholarship. He is a member and former chapter President of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and serves as the Rehearsal Director for Daniel Padierna’s Padierna Dance Project. His performance highlights include Earl Mosley’s Diversity in Dance Repertory Showcase, Dance Against Cancer’s Youth Movement, and New Jersey Moves Emerging Choreographers Showcase at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Along with recognition of state and national levels, Malcolm received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education and most recently was selected to be a national Taco Bell Foundation Scholar. As an artistic intern, he will have the opportunity to work with the Move NYC team better the organization in its functioning. Malcolm is extremely excited to be apart of the Move NYC family, work alongside, and network with artists/creatives from various backgrounds!
Gibney Dance, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Through three interrelated fields of action— Center, Company, and Community Action—Gibney Dance is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages, and in underserved shelters and schools.
In keeping with our amazing partnership, MOVE(NYC) will be housed within the Gibney Dance Center for our 2017 Summer Dance Intensive.
GINA GIBNEY (Foundational Consultant) 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. Ms. Gibney has been honored with the Brooklyn Arts Exchange's Arts & Artists in Progress Award for Arts Management. Northern Ohio Live Arts Award, the Copperfoot Award for Choreography from 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 Dance/NYC and is a frequent panelist and speaker on topics of dance, entrepreneurship, and social action. She has pioneered numerous partnerships with the corporate world, garnering support from the Agnes Varis Trust, Johnson & Johnson/Sociaty for Arts in Healthcare, MAC 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.
ALEXANDRA WELLS (Strategy & Development Consultant) began her career at The Boston Ballet and as Principal dancer of the Ballet National de Nancy. Ms. Wells toured the world and formed a lasting partnership with the late Rudolf Nureyev for six years. Following her performing career, she returned to the United States and took the position of Rehearsal Director for Ballet Hispanico of New York. Since 1998 Ms. Wells has been a full-time faculty member at The Juilliard School in New York City. She has been a guest teacher for BJM Danse, Ballet British Columbia, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Ms. Wells is also the founder and artistic director of Springboard Danse Montreal (2002-present) and in 2009, collaborated with the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble to create the New York based summer intensive, the Movement Invention Project.
JANE NAILLON (Branding & Marketing Consultant), upon graduating from Boise State University with a degree in Communications, moved to New York City to embark on a twenty year career in brand strategy, packaging and account services. While maintaining a position at Landor Associates she received her graduate degree in Communication Design to further her understanding and passion for consumer branding. Jane later joined Desgrippes Gobe and, afterwards, Sterling Brands where she led the design production for major companies such as Kraft Foods. In 2007 Jane returned to Boise, ID to spearhead the branding division of Oliver Russell. In 2012 she became the branding and social media strategist for Trey McIntyre Project in which she played a vital role in amplifying the brand and value of TMP nationally and internationally. Jane is now the CEO of See Jane, her own branding and marketing consulting business.
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