DAVIS ROBERTSON is a co-founder and Artistic Director of New York Dance Project, a nonprofit dance company with a unique model that challenges dancers and audiences in a diverse repertory that includes classic ballet, modern, contemporary, and cutting-edge new work. Robertson is also a repetiteur for The Gerald Arpino Foundation, and the former Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School. He also co-founded Russian Ballet International and worked with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow to establish Bolshoi Academy summer programs in Italy and Australia, and to recruit students to Moscow.
Robertson, who started as a break dancer, became a principal with the Joffrey Ballet, where his roles included the Cavalier in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Petruchio in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Death in Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table and David Parson’s Caught. His portrayal of the Faun in the Joffrey’s reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’Après-Midi D’un Faune prompted the Chicago Sun-Times dance critic to write, “Robertson gives the finest performance I’ve seen, including that of Rudolf Nureyev for whom the Joffrey re-created this masterpiece in 1979.”
Robertson also danced principal roles for the Metropolitan Opera, Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons, and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out on Broadway. In addition to his work on stage, he has appeared in major motion pictures and television hits such as Law and Order, Dance Moms, The Company, and Save the Last Dance.
A versatile choreographer, he has created works for The Joffrey Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Milwaukee Ballet, VSA Arts at the Kennedy Center, and Giordano Dance Company, among many others. He was selected to choreograph for the graduating class of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy featuring Joy Womack, and his article on contemporary dance pedagogy was presented and published by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in the proceedings of the 2012 conference on contemporary dance in Moscow.
Robertson also directed the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the pre-professional company founded by Robert Joffrey in 1981. He has mentored hundreds of aspiring dance students into the professional dance world, with the support of emerging and established contemporary choreographers such as Karole Armitage, Africa Guzman, Roger C. Jeffrey, Larry Keigwin, Gabrielle Lamb, Brian McSween, and Dwight Rhoden. A sought-after teacher both nationally and internationally, his teaching credits include The Juilliard School, New York Theater Ballet, STEPS on Broadway, SUNY Purchase Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and the Florida Ballet.
NICOLE DUFFY ROBERTSON is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of New York Dance Project. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet for over a decade, based both in New York and Chicago, performing works by Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Limon, Massine, and Nijinska, among many others.
Ms. Duffy is also a répétiteur for The Gerald Arpino Foundation, dedicated to passing on the historical Joffrey repertory to the next generation. Most recently, she staged Arpino’s Light Rain, and assisted Trinette Singleton in the reconstruction of Robert Joffrey’s Gamelan. She teaches master classes and workshops nationally and internationally, guest teaches for the Ballet Hispanico company and STEPS on Broadway, and is on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College. For many years Ms. Duffy was on the faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School, where she taught ballet, repertory, and implemented the dance history curriculum. She was also ballet master of the Joffrey Concert Group.
Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she began her training with Ana Garcia and Maria Carrera at Ballets de San Juan, dancing the classical and Balanchine repertory. During her time at BSJ she also worked with Frederic Franklin, Ivan Nagy, and Melissa Hayden, and shared the stage with luminaries such as Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Cynthia Gregory. Ms. Duffy graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and has an M.A. in dance and art history from New York University’s Gallatin School. Her writing has been published in The Massachussetts Review, Eye on Dance and the Arts, and the NYU journal Esferas.
LINDA GELINAS is a rehearsal director for New York Dance Project. She was formerly a principal dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and has been recognized in the Metropolitan Opera archives, as having danced the most principal roles in the history of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. She performed with Edward Villella and Dancers, The Eglevsky Ballet, Alexander Godunov and Friends, The Pavlova Celebration Tour, The Nureyev-Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky, The Boston Repertory Company, and more. Performing works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Edward Villella, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Alvin Ailey, Carmen De Lavallade, Bob Fosse, Robert LaFosse, Sean Curran among others.
Ms. Gelinas teaches company class at the Metropolitan Opera, is on the faculty at the Juilliard School, Steps on Broadway, the School at Steps and is a teacher and choreographer for the Hong Kong International Summer Program. She teaches company class for both Armitage Gone! Dance and Mordance. She also choreographed and taught for both the Miami City Ballet and the Joffrey Summer Intensives and was ballet mistress for the Festival Company at the Chautauqua Institution, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. She has taught at New York University, Indiana University, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, and Columbia Performing Arts Center. Ms. Gelinas has been a guest teacher at multiple schools throughout the USA.
She was the resident choreographer, and movement coach for the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program and the Opera Children’s Chorus at the Crested Butte Music Festival. There, she choreographed Carmen, Magic Flute, L’Elisir d’Amore, Hansel and Gretel, Barber of Seville and Pirates of Penzance.
Ms. Gelinas received her formal training at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Boston Ballet School. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and a graduate of the New York Film Academy.
Tyler Gilstrap is a rehearsal director for New York Dance Project. She earned her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University. She was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company (2001-2010), under the direction of Robert Battle. In 2014, she was the associate choreographer for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. She was also the assistant choreographer for the film; ‘Love And Other Drugs’ and for the Italian San Remo TV Award. She has choreographed music videos for such artist as Andrew McMahon, Son Lux, Skyes, FireHorse and SENIT. In 2012, she started her own performance group called TunanuT. TunanuT has created and performed for such events as the Panorama Music festival , Big Data 2015 tour, (Un)Scene art show, Ballroom Marfa, The Feast, and The Windmill Factory. As a dancer, she has been featured in such films as ‘Across the Universe’, ‘The Wackness,’ and the Italian TV show ‘Amici.’ She has been a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera, Irish Modern Dance Theater, Azure Barton, New York Theater Ballet, Corbin Dances, and Amy Marshall Dance Company. As a teacher, Tyler has taught improv, contemporary, and modern dance in Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy and throughout the USA. She also has been on faculty at Montclair State University, Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio. www.tylergilstrap.com