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Founded in 2007, Gallim Dance is a New York-based contemporary dance company dedicated to creating and performing original work by Andrea Miller, nurturing the careers of young artists, and stimulating the imagination of a diverse, international audience. Miller's work embodies fearless physicality, grounded by deep humanity and expressed through the madness and joy of the imagination.

Gallim quickly caught the attention of the dance community with its visceral movement, resonant imagery, and award-winning ensemble of dancers. Miller’s work has been acclaimed by the New York Times as “voluptuously polyglot choreography,” performed by dancers “of the highest calibre” (Dance Europe). In 2012, the company was honored for ‘movement innovation’ at a TEDx Conference. The company performs for over 15,000 audience members annually in premier venues that include New York City Center, the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival, White Bird, the TANZ Bremen Festival in Germany and Madrid en Danza in Spain.

Artistic highlights in 2013 include a new commission from Montclair State University’s Peak Performances Series, for the creation of a new work titled Fold Here. Fold Here will preview at Guggenheim Works & Process in September, and premiere at Peak Performances Series later that month. Additional support for the creation process has been provided by Sadler’s Wells and by Dancer’s Workshop in Jackson Hole. Gallim Dance will also make its Brooklyn Academy of Music debut in May of 2013, with six performances of Blush in the inaugural season of the BAM Fisher Theater. International tours will include performances at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, France, the Festspiele Ludwigshafen in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and the Festival Tanztage in Linz, Austria.

In January 2012, Gallim Dance established its new permanent home in a historical landmark building in Brooklyn, NY, where it hosts year-round education and performance programs. Gallim’s education branch serves both dancers and non-dancers through weekly classes, specialized movement workshops, artist residencies, and monthly performing arts series. Gallim also mentors students of the Brooklyn-based Dancewave School, who performed Gallim Dance repertory at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out in August, and were featured in the New York Times.

In its 2012 season, Gallim Dance was a recipient of the New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, the Joyce Theater Foundation Residency Program, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Professional Development Program. Gallim also received meaningful support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, First Republic Bank, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International, the Jerome Foundation, and the Tupperware Corporation.

ecotopia dance productions: Biographien Gallim Dance As Artistic Director and choreographer of Gallim Dance, Miller has in six years developed an internationally acclaimed company hailed by the New York Times as "excellent [and] inventive” and by the New York Press for its “delicious strangeness, fierce aggression, and raw beauty.”

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Miller trained as a student and performer of Doris Humphrey's works and solos, under the direction of Ernestine Stodelle and Gail Corbin. She went on to attend the Juilliard School where she received her BFA in Dance in 2004. After graduation, Miller left for Israel to join Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Ensemble, where she originated roles in Naharin's George & Zalman and resident choreographer Sharon Eyal's Part II.  In 2007, Miller returned to New York City and established Gallim Dance.
Miller's highly sought-after works have been commissioned throughout the world.  This year, Miller will be creating a new work on Gallim Dance titled Fold Here, which will preview at Guggenheim Works & Process and premiere at Montclair’s Peak Performances Series in September 2013. Recent past commissions include In Media Res, a piece for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 that premiered at Lucent Danstheater in Den Haag; Howl and For Play, pieces for Bern:Ballet that were presented at the Royal Opera House in London; and 69° South, choreography for Phantom Limb that premiered at BAM Next Wave. From 2009 to 2011, Miller served as associate choreographer of Noord Nederlandse Dans, creating two new works for the company.

Miller is a founding collaborator of the Movement Invention Program (MIP), with Jill Johnson and Alexandra Wells; MIP, now in its fourth year, is dedicated to teaching improvisation. Miller is also resident choreographer at Dancewave, a pre-professional dance program based in Brooklyn, and she teaches master classes, workshops, and sets work on many conservatories and universities across the world.

In April 2011, Miller was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as a “wild child” of movement invention, and her honors and awards include: Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Award (2012-2013), New York City Center Choreography Fellow (2011-2012), Youth America Grand Prix Award for Emerging Choreographers (2011), Wesleyan University’s Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award (2011), Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Award (2010), Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch (2009), Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Choreography (2009).

Francesca Romo (Associate Director, Dancer) was born in London, England. Francesca trained at the Royal Ballet School and the London Contemporary Dance School. After a one-year apprenticeship with Richard Alston Dance Company she formally joined the Company from 2003–2006. Francesca is certified in Gyrotonics and teaches in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Francesca co-founded Gallim Dance in 2007.

Caroline Fermin (Dancer) attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts throughout her youth and later The Juilliard School (BFA). In 2007, she joined James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis. She has received grants and awards for her work, and she created a highly needed project to bring young artists to work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Caroline is spear-heading Gallim’s outreach program.

Allysen Hooks (Dancer) is from Houston, TX. She graduated from The Juilliard School in 2010 and has since freelanced with younger and emerging choreographers such as Carlye Eckert, Esme Boyce, and Michelle Mola. Allysen has been a member of Dance Heginbotham, under direction of John Heginbotham, since August 2011. In 2010 she presented her own work in Montreal. She is thrilled to join Gallim Dance for their next season.

Daniel Staaf (Dancer) graduated from the Royal Swedish Academy of Ballet, where he studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, and contact improvisation. In 2010, he furthered his studies at Codarts, the Dance Academy in Rotterdam. He has participated in several summer courses and projects, including the Mediteraneo Dance Festival (Italy), at ImPulsTanz in Vienna (Contemporary Technique, Forsythe repertoire Rosas repertoire Release Ballet), the Netherlands Dance Theatre in The Hague (Maximum Dance Course Level 1: Classical Ballet, Jiří Kylián repertoire, Lightfoot / Leon repertoire). In the 2009/10 season, he worked with Batsheva Dance Company and Ohad Naharin Kamuypt on the play and was involved in a project as a dancer in the dance company of Orjan Andersson. In August 2011, he joined Bern: Ballett and in 2013 moved to NYC to dance with Gallim Dance.

Emily Terndrup (Dancer) is a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. As a performer and choreographer, her work has been presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as venues throughout Utah, Iowa, and Colorado. She was the recipient of Dance Teacher Magazine’s 2010 Outstanding Student Performer Award, and has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Gregory Dolbashian, Edgar Zendejas, Susan McLain, David Dorfman, and Shannon Gillen. Emily is currently performing in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.

Austin Tyson (Dancer) hails from Portland, Oregon. He received his dance training from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Whilst at NYU, Austin was given the tremendous opportunity to perform the work of Aszure Barton, Kate Weare, and Seán Curran. Post University, Austin has had the pleasure of performing with Company XIV and MADboots Dance Co. Austin fell in love with yoga while at NYU. A renewed mindfulness towards alignment and breath became a source of guidance through the rigors of a dance career and the many facets of city living. Austin has since become a certified teacher through the Mind Body Dancer® 200 Teacher Training with TaraMarie Perri.

Dan Walczak (Dancer) is originally from Buffalo, New York where he began dancing at the age of 7. After receiving his BFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport in 2007, he began dancing with Coriolis Dance Inc. as well as Keith A. Thompson’s Dance Tacticts Performance Group. Joining Gallim Dance in 2008, Daniel has since toured internationally, staged Andrea Miller’s work, and taught for the company at residencies and workshops.

Jonathan Royse Windham (Dancer) is a native of Colorado, and has a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. He has danced with American Repertory Ballet, The Kevin Wynn Collective, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Ballet Boy Productions, and the DASH Ensamble. Jonathan has also performed as a soloist in the world premiere of “El Corregidor y la Molinera” choreographed by Ramon Oller at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has been working with Gallim since 2009. Jonathan appeared on the cover of City Center’s Fall for Dance advertisements in September 2010.

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