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Grace Gallagher, Artistic Director
Raised in Hickory Corners, Michigan, Grace Gallagher started her training with basic jazz, ballet, tap, and contemporary movement forms. Upon graduation of high school, Grace went on to attend Arizona State University, where she trained in modern and urban dance technique. After earning her BFA, Grace went on to live in New York City where she spent her time interning and training at Broadway Dance Center. Shortly after, Grace decided to try out the commercial scene in Los Angeles. She was accepted into the Edge Performing Arts Center's rigorous scholarship program. Upon completion of the program, Grace was hired by Edge to help kickoff their first ever kids program. Recognizing her passion for teaching and choreography, Grace made the decision to leave the commercial dance industry to pursue a career in dance education. Grace went on to earn her MFA in Dance along with her K-12 teaching certification from Arizona State University. Over the past three years, Grace has taught countless master classes, workshops, conventions, and set work at over 40 high schools and studios across the country while continuing to grow her Phoenix based dance company, gracegallagherdance. Grace premiered her first evening length work, CONSequence, in May 2014 and her second evening length work, 40 Love Letters, in April 2015, both at the MonOrchid Gallery in Phoenix, AZ. In November 2015, Grace debuted her third work, JUXTAposition at the Margaret Gisolo Theatre in Tempe, AZ. Her latest work, RE late premiered on November 18, 2016 at the MonOrchid, North Gallery. In addition to producing her own evening length shows, her work has also been recently shown at Nasty Woman|Phoenix Unite, Hope for Haiti Benefit, Artel PHX, Phoenix Center for the Art's Beta Dance Festival, Breaking Ground Dance Festival, and Studio 3D for Halo Movement Collective's 2nd showing of Underland: White Nightmare.
What I love most about dance is that it is a language with no words. My work is rooted in expression of the soul through movement of the physical body. It challenges athletic norms and demonstrates clarity in time and space. It is communicative without being forceful. My work is fast. It is detailed and precise. It is organized and structured. My work is polar. It is broad. My work is autobiographical. My work is mine.
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