Gaby is national-award winning dancer who is praised for her dynamic style and choreographic ingenuity. In her 10 years+ of professional experience, she has appeared on stages around the world, and has garnered various film and television credits. She performs weekly at the famed “Cotton Club” in Harlem with the “Sophisticated Ladies” led by Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards. In addition, she is also lead choreographer for Gatsby Entertainment NYC, a entertainment production house, specializing in Great Gatsby theme. With a solid foundation of studio dance training, she has developed a unique style in lindy hop. She blends the raw, athletic power of lindy hop, with the grace and refinement of the movie musical-era. She brings great care to lines, shapes and balance in her personal performance, as well as her choreographic work. In New York, she is a cast member In the classroom, she shares her knowledge of the dance with a cheerful disposition, and clear straight-forward instruction. She is passionate about lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences.
Film Appearance in “Rebel in the Rye” dir. Danny Strong with Black Label Media (2016) — Principal dancer
Jazz at Lincoln Center “Swing Time: Revolution in Rhythm” (2016) — Lead choreographer & Principal dancer
Carnegie Hall, “Best Buddies Benefit” (2016) — Lead choreography & Principal Dancer
Television Appearance “Dance League” on American Sports Network (2016) — Principal dancer
Rainbow Room, House Performances at the Rainbow Room (2015-2016) — Principal dancer & Atmospheric Dancer
Great Gatsby Party, Feature Performance (2015-2016) — Lead choreographer & Principal dancer
Cirque Du Soleil (San Francisco & New York), Opening Night Gala Show (2016-2015) — Electroswing Dance Feature
USS Hornet, WWII USO Floor Show (2015) — Principal dancer
Benaroya Symphonic Hall, “Jump Session Show” (2012-13) — Director, Choreographer & Principal dancer
Notable Competition Titles
1st place titles in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Charleston from events such as International Lindy Hop Championships (2012), Stompology (2012), Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2011), Lindy Focus (2013), Lonestar Championships (2012) and Balboa Rendezvous (2009).
What I do
I have been teaching since 2006 for workshops and weekly progressive series in lindy hop, balboa and charleston and solo jazz. I work with a variety of partners including Nathan Bugh, Bobby White and Anthony Chen. I work with students to refine lead-follow technique, integrate rhythm and movement, and find musicality in a personal way. I also specialize in special topics such as follower technique, structural musicality for jazz choreographers, and dance technique. I have been blessed to teach around the world at camps such as Herräng Dance Camp, Lindy Focus, Camp Jitterbug, Beantown Dance Camp, Rock That Swing Festival, Boston Tea Party, and many many others.
I am the recipient of many national titles in lindy hop, balboa and solo jazz, at events including ILHC, ULHS, Camp Jitterbug, Stompology, Lindy Focus, Lonestar, Lindyfest, and Balboa Rendevous among others.
I am a passionate choreographer for teams and solo jazz troupes. I have worked with the troupe Sister Kate as artistic lead for 4 years, driving the team from solo jazz performances at lindy hop events, to full-blown dance theater productions for large-scale venues. At present, I currently run the production company, “Starlets, Harlots and Dames” which features vintage-inspired entertainment. I have also collaborated with performers from around the world to present complex and creative pieces for various Cabaret shows such as ILHC, Lindy Focus and Camp Jitterbug.
Since 2010, I have brought jazz dance to wider audiences with cabaret-style revues. Through 2014 I produced a live music swing dance and cabaret event, Red Hot Rhythm Revue which brought hundreds of San Francisco dancers to see swing and jazz dance performances. I collaborate with dancers, actors, emcees, scenic and sound designers to make entertaining theme-driven shows. Venues include the Century Ballroom, The Can Can and Benaroya Hall.
Build Solo Jazz and Female-Centered Community
I am a huge proponent of all-female dance troupes and encourage all scenes to have one. I have been artistic lead for the group Sister Kate (Seattle, WA) The Sweet Sixteen (San Francisco), and am currently Artistic Director of New York’s Chorus Girl Company, Gaby Galore & her Sugar Shakers. I frequently give talks on girls teams and share resources including choreography samples, costume inspiration, and interviews with different troupe across the country.