Philadelphia, PA, USA
Gabi Montoya is a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, Pilates instructor, and artist based in Philadelphia. She just finished two years of service as an ArtistYear fellow teaching dance and choreography, running dance club, sponsoring school performances, and facilitating multimedia projects including a dance video contest submission and an inclusive pride flag mural. Gabi graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Dance with Minors in Psychology and Somatics in June 2018, where she also became certified as a Pilates Instructor in 2016. Gabi is passionate about supporting individual and community growth through access to arts education in order to create space for more exploration, expression, and connection. Her own artistic work has involved inquiry in self awareness, safety or the lack thereof, and loss of control through dance and various visual art mediums. Gabi can be found on instagram @_gabimontoya_
Giusy Colamartino was born in Bari on 10/15/1979 and began her dance studies at the age of 9 studying classical, modern and contemporary dance. At 19 she won a scholarship at the Opus Ballett in Florence, a center for advanced professional training for contemporary dance. in parallel she started teaching and winning choreographic prizes. Currently she is the artistic director of the center of the Performing Arts Dynamic Lab, the artistic director of the Dynamic Dance Company and the artistic director of the Danceagency group, an agency of events and shows that operates in the territory with success.
"the continuous experimentation of dance with any other artistic form is the necessary push towards innovation and the creation of new languages capable of breaking rigid patterns with the aim of spreading more and more art and beauty."