ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a multi-disciplinary professional dancer with over twenty years of dance and performance experience and six years of choreography and creative direction experience. Inspired by Katherine Dunham’s theory of memory of difference, Lindsay uses dance performance, dance-making, and dance education to inform, connect, and empower the African Diaspora. Her specializations include modern/contemporary, traditional and contemporary African dance, Caribbean dance, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian samba, jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop.

Lindsay graduated from the University of Houston’s prestigious dance program in 2012 and has trained with the world’s top dance companies and choreographers including the Silvestre Technique Training Institute (Brazil), Movement of the People Dance Company (NYC), and Urban Souls (Houston).

In addition to this, Lindsay has not only traveled the world studying dance but has also performed on nationwide tours with Cirque Zuma Zuma (Africa’s Cirque du Soleil), and as a choreographer and background dancer for Nigerian Afrobeats artist Korede Bello, Trinidadian Soca artist T-Rock, and dancer for Solange Knowles. Lindsay is a sought-after dance teacher and has taught master classes locally and nationwide. She is the co-founder of Movement Passport, a dance intensive that highlights dances of the African Diaspora and uses art to speak on social and cultural topics, and the founder and creative director of Dance Afrikana, a professional dance company that exists to connect and celebrate Africa and the Diaspora through dance. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work including becoming a 2017-2018 Artist in Residence for Dance Source Houston which culminated in an evening-length production of her original choreography “Eleggua,” as well as being accepted into the Artist INC program for artist-entrepreneurs.

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