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 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. Since graduation Nigel has danced for the Saarlandisches/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 after spending two years as a dancer and Artistic Associate. A sought after master teacher and répétiteur, Nigel has set dances and given workshops throughout the United States and abroad at Princeton University, The Juilliard School, Springboard Danse Montreal, The Ballet Akademien Göteborg, No1Arthouse, MUDA Africa, & LaGuardia Arts HS among many others. In 2015, Nigel co-founded MOVE(NYC) with his partner Chanel DaSilva. 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 17, was featured on 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, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes 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. 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, and Harvard Dance Project among others. She was 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 2015, alongside her partner Nigel Campbell, Chanel c0-founded MOVE(NYC). She 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 equitable long-range strategic planning and arts advocacy as it pertains to underserved communities and sustainability within the non-profit sector. Her fervor for the arts is informed by former dance education and training at LaGuardia H.S. 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. In addition to her work with MOVE(NYC), Niya serves Gibney Dance (Development Manager), the 2017-18 Dance/NYC Junior Committee (Co-Chair), and is a member of the inaugural Dance/NYC Symposium Programming Committee. Niya is pleased to support individual artists and emerging dance companies with development and programming services. While in the gestational phase of developing transcontinental arts and education centers and a consulting firm, Niya looks forward to continued arts advocacy, communal building, and connections to ancestry and space.
KRYSTAL MACKIE (Company Manager) is a native of Brooklyn, NY and began her training at Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn at the age of three. She attended LaGuardia Arts High School and received her BFA, as a Contemporary Dance major, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Susan Jaffe. She has had the honor to perform works by Jamel Gaines, Kerri Edge, Loni Landon, Roger C. Jeffery, Twyla Tharp, Juel Lane, and Doug Varone. Krystal completed a tour of Broadway's Cotton Club Musical, After Midnight, on the Norwegian Escape, choreographed by Warren Carlyle in 2016. She recently assisted choreographer, Juel Lane, with setting works on Ailey II and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Krystal is signed with Lucille DiCampli Artist Representation. She is the Company Manager of MOVE(NYC). Krystal resides in New York City.
JESSE OBREMSKI (Production & Social Media Coordinator) described as one “with fluent simplicity” and “quiet understanding”, trained at The Ailey School, LaGuardia High School, and The Juilliard School. Jesse, an Eagle Scout Rank recipient, 2016 Jadin Wong Dance Awardee, and "Dancer to Watch" by Interview En L'air (2017) has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Nacho Duato, Martha Graham, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, and Paul Taylor amongst others. Jesse also performs with Diversity of Dance Inc., Brian Brooks Moving Company, Kate Weare Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and the Limón Dance Company. Jesse teaches and choreographs across America and Canada and also is an arts administrator, faculty member, and board member with Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance Inc. Jesse has been with MOVE(NYC) since it's first year. www.jesseobremski.com
CHRISTIANA HUNTE (Artistic Intern) is a born and raised Brooklynite. She started her dance training at the age of three with Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn. Christiana is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School with additional training from the Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey School, Movement Invention Project, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Dance Italia. She is a 2014 YoungARTS Merit Winner in Modern Dance and was the recipient of the Desire Keras (Dancer from the Heart) award from LaGuardia High School. She is currently completing her final year at SUNY Purchase College, receiving her BFA in Contemporary Dance under the direction of Nelly Van-bommel. She has performed works by Jamel Gaines, Elisa King, Pedro Ruiz, Manuel Vignoulle, Jonathan Riedel and Deborah Lohse. Christiana is currently an artistic intern at MOVE(NYC) and aspires to travel the world dancing; impacting the lives of the next generation in ways that will change the art of dance forever.
JADA JENAI WILLIAMS (Artistic Intern) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School and will graduate from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in May 2018. During her college career, she has had the opportunity to work with Jonathan Reidel, Kyle Abraham, Kevin Wynn and Jean Freebury restaging Merce Cunningham’s "Change of Address". Jada has had the opportunity to study abroad in Perth, Australia at Western Australia Academy for Performing Arts. She attended Springboard Danse Montreal in 2017 where she performed the work of Aszure Barton, restaged by Jonathan Alsberry. Jada is very blessed to have been an Artistic Intern with MOVE(NYC) and to be a part of this program.
ALEX NIETO (Administration Intern) was born and raised on Staten Island, N.Y. He is a senior at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, expected to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and minors in Business and Mathematics. Alex was part of the CUNY Service Corps 2015-2016 cohort where he interned as the Quality Assurance Analyst Service Corps Member in the technology department of the New York Public Library. He has also volunteered as an instructor for Girls Who Code. Currently, he is a part of the CUNY Cultural Corps 2017-2018 cohort as MOVE(NYC) Administration Intern, where he is excited to learn about the dance field and arts advocacy. Alex is on the 2016-2017 Dean's List and after graduation, Alex plans to continue his studies while pursuing a career as a software engineer and eventually paving a path to become a project manager.
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.