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Gabi Montoya

gabi montoya

June 1, 2018

Gabi has danced in FreshDance and the Drexel Dance Ensemble throughout her time at Drexel. Last year she choreographed “Unseen” on DDE and remounted that piece on FreshDance this winter. Gabi just finished choreographing her second piece on the Drexel Dance Ensemble, “dis/ease” for the Spring Concert, Equilibrium.
Gabi has been involved in Dance at the Dornsife center for the last two years. She is wrapping up her senior project, DanceHome, a choreographic project about the concept of home collaboratively created between Drexel dancers and youth in Dance at the Dornsife Center.

She has taught Modern, Concert Dance, Adult Dance, and Choreography. Gabi has also been in the Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble during all four years. The ensemble creates an interactive assembly about how to make a dance and performs this at 20 elementary schools throughout Philadelphia each year. During her freshman and sophomore years she volunteered at HMS school for Children with Cerebral Palsy for Wheel Chair Dance. Gabi has also enjoyed taking other Community-Based Learning courses through Drexel including Politics of the Body, an Inside Out class at Riverside Correctional Facility, Yoga at The Kirkbride Center for addiction rehabilitation, and Storytelling Through Mural Arts at ACHIEVability. At that time Gabi did her coop with ArtWell. ArtWell is a nonprofit organization that empowers youth throughout Philadelphia though arts education. For her efforts in community-based learning Gabi received a senior award for outstanding participation in community-based learning.

Gabi completed the 450 Hour Comprehensive Drexel Pilates Training Program in June 2016 and has been teaching Pilates since then. Gabi had the incredible opportunity to study in Drexel’s first ever study abroad dance track at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London in Summer 2016. After graduating this month, Gabi will teach dance in a Philadelphia public school as an ArtistYear fellow. She hopes to bring her experience and education in dance, somatics, and trauma informed practices into schools for wider access to kinesthetic and artistic understanding and expression. She’ll also continue teaching Pilates, practicing yoga, dancing, and choreographing.