As Artistic Director and choreographer of Gallim Dance, Miller has in six years developed an internationally acclaimed company hailed by the New York Times as “excellent [and] inventive” and by the New York Press for its “delicious strangeness, fierce aggression, and raw beauty.”
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Miller trained as a student and performer of Doris Humphrey’s works and solos, under the direction of Ernestine Stodelle and Gail Corbin. She went on to attend the Juilliard School where she received her BFA in Dance in 2004. After graduation, Miller left for Israel to join Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Ensemble, where she originated roles in Naharin’s George & Zalman and resident choreographer Sharon Eyal’s Part II. In 2007, Miller returned to New York City and established Gallim Dance.
Miller’s highly sought-after works have been commissioned throughout the world. This year, Miller will be creating a new work on Gallim Dance titled Fold Here, which will preview at Guggenheim Works & Process and premiere at Montclair’s Peak Performances Series in September 2013. Recent past commissions include In Media Res, a piece for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 that premiered at Lucent Danstheater in Den Haag; Howl and For Play, pieces for Bern:Ballet that were presented at the Royal Opera House in London; and 69° South, choreography for Phantom Limb that premiered at BAM Next Wave. From 2009 to 2011, Miller served as associate choreographer of Noord Nederlandse Dans, creating two new works for the company.
Miller is a founding collaborator of the Movement Invention Program (MIP), with Jill Johnson and Alexandra Wells; MIP, now in its fourth year, is dedicated to teaching improvisation. Miller is also resident choreographer at Dancewave, a pre-professional dance program based in Brooklyn, and she teaches master classes, workshops, and sets work on many conservatories and universities across the world.
In April 2011, Miller was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as a “wild child” of movement invention, and her honors and awards include: Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Award (2012-2013), New York City Center Choreography Fellow (2011-2012), Youth America Grand Prix Award for Emerging Choreographers (2011), Wesleyan University’s Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award (2011), Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Award (2010), Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch (2009), Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Choreography (2009).
Photos by Peggy Kaplan and Franziska Strauss.