FOUNDERS & ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
NIGEL CAMPBELL (Co-Founder & Co-Director) was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. He began his training at Creative Outlet Dance Theater and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (04’), and of The Juilliard School (08’), under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. He has also 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, Nigel joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a soloist dancer for their production of Aida. Upon graduation, he moved to Saarbruecken, Germany to join the Saarlandisches Staatstheater/ Donlon Dance Company, under the direction of Marguerite Donlon. In 2010, Nigel moved to Chicago, Illinois to dance for Luna Negra Dance Theater, under the Direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. While in his first season at Luna, Nigel was the proud recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award 2011. In April 2013, Nigel joined the world renowned GöteborgsOperans DansKompani in Gothenburg, Sweden under the direction of Adolphe Binder, He danced there full time as a soloist until June 2015 and is currently a guest artist with the company. Nigel is also a contributing columnist for Interview en L'air, curating a monthly column, Beyond The Dream: Making it in New York City, which sheds light on the realities of building a sustainable artistic life in NYC.. Additionally, In 2016 Nigel, along with his partner Chanel DaSilva, co-founded MOVE(NYC). Nigel has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a National YoungArts Level 1 Award and a NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medal. He is a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and at 17, was featured on the National PBS documentary “American Talent”. Nigel is now an Artistic Associate with Gibney Dance Company and currently resides in New York City.
CHANEL DaSILVA (Co-Founder & Co-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, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Springboard Danse Montreal. She received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes and was the recipient of the prestigious Martha Hill Award upon graduation. Chanel has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Eliot Feld, Doug Varone, Jose Limon, Jessica Lang, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, and Lar Lubovitch. Chanel is a 2004 Level 1 YoungArts Awardee, a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and also a 2011 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium Awardee. She was also featured in the 2004 PBS Documentary "American Talent". From 2008 – 2014 Chanel 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" Chanel toured throughout Asia with TMP as an ambassador to the United States. She has taught master workshops and choreographed works for schools, universities and companies across the nation such as The Juilliard School, LaGuardia High School, Idaho Dance Theater and Harvard Ballet Company among others. She is now a member of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, a notable repetiteur of the works of Trey McIntyre, and also currently serves on the dance faculty at her alma mater, LaGuardia High School. In 2016, alongside her partner Nigel Campbell, Chanel c0-founded MOVE(NYC). Chanel resides in New York City.
NIYA NICHOLSON (Chief of Staff) a Harlem, NY native, is dedicated to intersectional racial and social justice work within the arts field and beyond. As a budding arts leader and creative entrepreneur, her work centers around long-range, equity based strategic planning and arts advocacy as it pertains to underserved and under-resourced cultural communities and organizations. Her fervor for the arts has been supported by former dance training at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and 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. Niya serves MOVE(NYC) as Chief of Staff, Gibney Dance - Development Manager, and the 2017-18 Dance/NYC Junior Committee as Co-Chair. While in the gestational phase of developing transcontinental arts and education centers, Niya looks forward to continued arts advocacy, communal building, and connections to ancestry and space.
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.