University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Gerald Casel

Gerald CaselBessie' award winning dancer, choreographer and teacher, Gerald Casel was born in the Philippines and raised in California where he began dancing in public school.  He received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 1991 and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007 assisted by a fellowship from the Advanced Opportunity Program. He has danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Sungsoo Ahn, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Russell Dumas, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio where he was a company member from 1991-1998 and 2001-2005.  He served as Stephen Petronio Company’s Assistant Director and Director of Education. He has created choreography for The Barnard Project, New York University’s Second Avenue Dance Company, Da Da Dance Projects and The X Factor Dance Company of Scotland. His dance company, GERALDCASELDANCE has been presented at Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks and SplitStream), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Dancenow NYC, Aaron Davis Hall, 92nd Street Y’s Sundays at 3, The Yard, Jacob’s Pillow (Inside/Out), Danceworks (Milwaukee), Conduit (Portland), ODC Theater (San Francisco) and throughout Scotland following a company residency at Dancebase Edinburgh. As a teacher he regularly taught in New York at Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research as well as a guest at Impuls Tanz and the School for Modern Dance in Denmark. He has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently as a full-time faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. He has been Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and The Yard. He has received grants from the Asian American Arts Alliance, was a finalist for the Urban Artist Initiative (NYFA) and most recently received New Work Award at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He served on the New York State Council on the Arts’ Dance Panel 2008-2010. In 2010-2011 he was a Professor of Contemporary Dance at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden (Germany) and also taught Contemporary Dance at the San Francisco Ballet Summer Program. Gerald is a certified yoga teacher (200 RYT – Om Yoga Center, NYC) and a Thai-yoga Bodywork practitioner.