FOUNDERS & ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
NIGEL CAMPBELL (Co-Founder & Artistic 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 Arts High School, and of The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. He has received additional training from Springboard Danse Montreal, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Miami City Ballet School, The Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theater of Harlem. While still at Juilliard, Nigel joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a soloist for their production of Aida. Since graduation Nigel has danced for the Saarlandisches Staatstheater 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 Co-Director of Gibney Dance Company (GDC) in New York City after spending two years as a dancer and Artistic Associate. In 2015, Nigel co-founded MOVE(NYC) with his partner Chanel DaSilva with the mission of cultivating greater diversity and equity in the dance field. He is also 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, Nigel has set dances and given workshops throughout the United States and abroad at The Juilliard School, Fordham/Ailey B.F.A., Princeton University, Ballet Hispanico, Springboard Danse Montreal, Yale University, The Ballett Akademien Göteborg, No)one. Art House, MUDA Africa, & LaGuardia Arts HS among many others. Nigel 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. He is a 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and at age 17 was featured in the National PBS documentary “American Talent”. He 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. Chanel 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 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. Chanel has taught master workshops and seminars across the nation for institutions such as The Juilliard School, Harvard University, LaGuardia Arts High School, Ballet Hispanico, and New Orleans Ballet Association. As a choreographer she has been commissioned to create works for Harvard Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance, and Gibney Dance Company (GDC). 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 also currently serves on the dance faculty at her alma mater, LaGuardia Arts High School. In 2015, alongside her partner Nigel Campbell, Chanel co-founded MOVE(NYC). She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
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NIYA NICHOLSON (Chief of Staff) 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), Niya 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, she 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, Niya was awarded the inaugural Vassar College ALANA Exemplary Commitment to the Arts Award.
For the past four years, Niya has served the arts field as a mission-driven fundraiser, with entities like Gibney and MOVE(NYC), and as a dance and social justice advocate with Dance/NYC. With her skillset, Niya 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, Niya 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. Niya is honored to be a 2018-19 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training mentee, a nationwide, highly competitive leadership program.
Niya is concurrently Chief of Staff of MOVE(NYC) and Director of Development of the José Limón Dance Foundation.
CHRISTIANA HUNTE (Company Manager) is a born and raised Brooklynite. She began her dance training at Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn. Thereafter, she continued her training at LaGuardia High School. During her senior year, Christiana joined the National YoungArts Foundation family as a Merit Winner in Modern Dance. She was also the recipient of the Desire Keras (Dancer from the Heart) Award. She is a 2018 graduate from SUNY Purchase College, receiving her BFA in Dance; and a minor in Arts Management. She was blessed with the opportunity to perform works by Shamel Pitts, Kevin Wynn and Manuel Vignoulle. She has traveled to Italy to study with Dance Italia and is a recent alum of Springboard Danse Montreal. She is currently the Company Manager for MOVE(NYC) and she aspires to travel the world dancing and impacting the lives of the next generation in ways that will change the art of dance.
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 (Film & Video Content Manager/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.
ANNMARIE ARCURI (Artistic Intern), from Staten Island NY, started dancing at age 6. She began classically training at LaGuardia High School, where she fell in love with modern dance. She is now in her second year at California Institute of the Arts for her BFA in dance, interested in working in the concert field afterwards. AnnMarie has spent her 2017 and 2018 summers assisting Greg Sinacori at The Ailey School in his Horton class during the Professional Division Summer Intensive. She also spent her first summer with MOVE(NYC) in 2018 as an artistic intern, assisting alongside LA based choreographer Christopher Bordenave. She has danced in works by Laurence Blake, Chanel DaSilva, Cassandra Phifer, Greg Sinacori, and Dwana Smallwood. She has also danced and performed excerpts from the iconic, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, for LaGuardia’s 2017 senior dance concert. As of fall 2018, AnnMarie will be in the most recent restating of Rennie Harris’ Facing Mekka (2002), directed by Nina Flagg.
For the 2018 Summer Intensive, AnnMarie assisted choreographer Chris Bordenave.
LEO HISHIKAWA (Artistic Intern), a Queens native, began his formal dance training at age 8 at The Ailey School. He later attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and is currently at SUNY Purchase College for his BFA in Dance. Leo has also studied at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Hubbard Street, Complexions, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Doug Varone DEVICES, and Springboard Danse Montreal under the directorship of Alexandra Wells. Leo has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Trey McIntyre, Martha Graham, William Forsythe, Kevin Wynn, Merce Cunningham, Norbert de la Cruz III, and Ohad Naharin.
For the 2018 Summer Intensive, Leo assisted choreographer Roderick George.
SABRINA PETRELLI (Artistic Intern), is a New York Native who has had a strong passion for dance since the age of three. After learning various styles of commercial dance at Brandy’s Dance Unique under Donna Brandefine, she was accepted into the Professional Performing Arts High School to study at the Alvin Ailey School. Having multiple featured roles, Sabrina had the privilege of working with artists such as Matthew Rushing, Renee Robinson, Nathan Trice, and received an award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Arts” under Guillermo Asca. Following high school, Sabrina was invited into Forces of Nature Dance Theatre directed by Abdel Salaam. She is now a BFA Dance Major at Montclair State University and is part of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts/National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is becoming a certified teacher of the May O’Donnell technique under Nancy Lushington. Proud assistant to artists Eddie Stockton and Dina Wright Joseph.
For the 2018 Summer Intensive, Sabrina assisted choreographer Gregory Dolbashian.
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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