Céline D’Hont (Dancer) Céline D’Hont was born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. She graduated from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 2010. While living in the Netherlands she worked for Dansgroep Amsterdam under Itzik Galili and Krisztina De Chatel’s direction. Céline won the International Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart in 2006 with a choreography of Amos Ben Tal, and got to perform more of his work with The Nederland Dans Theater. In 2010, Céline moved to New York to train as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. After her studies, she worked with the Francesca Harper Project and performed at the opening Gala of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Céline moved to Chicago in September 2012 to work with Luna Negra Dance Theater, and returned to New York City in December 2013 to continue her career.


Allysen_Hooks Allysen Hooks (Dancer) is from Houston, TX. She graduated from The Juilliard School in 2010 and has since freelanced with younger and emerging choreographers such as Carlye Eckert, Esme Boyce, and Michelle Mola. Allysen has been a member of Dance Heginbotham, under direction of John Heginbotham, since August 2011. In 2010 she presented her own work in Montreal.
 Credit-Ani-Collier-Dancer-Matthew-Perez Matthew Perez (Dancer) is a native of the Bronx, New York. He graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school student in 2009. Matthew later went on to receive a BFA from SUNY Purchase (2013), where he performed works by Pam Tanowitz, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp, Nicolo Fonte, and John Heginbotham. Matthew has also attended the Movement Invention Project (2011) and Springboard Danse Montreal (2011 & 2012).
daniel-staaf-credits-franziska-strauss Daniel Staaf (Dancer) was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet Schools contemporary department in 2009. After his graduation he joined the project Kamuyot a C/O production between Batsheva Dance Company and Riksteatern and toured throughout Sweden. During this period he got in contact with the Swedish based choreographer Örjan Andersson and started working with his company Anderssondance. In the fall of 2011 he joined Bern:Ballett under Cathy Marston’s direction and had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as, Noa Zuk, Jyrki Karttunen, Andrea Miller, Johan Inger, Tabea Martin, Alexander Ekman and Medhi Walerski. In April 2013 he joined Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance in New York, Brooklyn.
austin_tyson Austin Tyson (Dancer) hails from Portland, Oregon. He received his dance training from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Whilst at NYU, Austin was given the tremendous opportunity to perform the work of Aszure Barton, Kate Weare, and Seán Curran. Post University, Austin has had the pleasure of performing with Company XIV and MADboots Dance Co. Austin fell in love with yoga while at NYU. A renewed mindfulness towards alignment and breath became a source of guidance through the rigors of a dance career and the many facets of city living. Austin has since become a certified teacher through the Mind Body Dancer® 200 Teacher Training with TaraMarie Perri.
 Georgia-Usborne-Credit-Franziska-Strauss Georgia Usborne (Dancer) completed her professional training at Central School of Ballet, touring with their graduate company Ballet Central. After graduating in 2010 with a first class BA (hons), she joined Bern Ballet, where she danced for two years as an apprentice completing an MA in contemporary dance, and one year as a full member of the company. Whilst in Bern Georgia worked with Andrea Miller for the first time, as well as creating with and dancing existing repertory from choreographers including Orjan Andersson, Alexander Ekman, Andonis Foniadakis, Cathy Marston, Johan Inger and Noa Zuk. In 2013 Georgia worked freelance with David Hughe’s dance company based in Edinburgh, and is now thrilled to be working with Andrea again and to be a part of the team at Gallim Dance.


Josh Johnson (Lighting Director, Production Stage Manager) is a technical artist who uses all the tools of our time to support the emotional expression of theatre artists. In his time, Josh has engineered performances in airplane hangars and train stations, toured with shows to 35 countries, and worked with such notables as Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robert Rauschenberg, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers. A highlight of his career was the years spent as resident lighting designer for Merce Cunningham, who taught him how to see again. Josh loves being the bridge between concept and reality, empowering artists to realize their visions through whatever means necessary. Josh’s latest big adventure was traveling overland from Guatemala to Argentina over the span of two years.

Matthew Martine (Operations Manager) graduated from Hofstra Univeristy in New York with a BA in Dance. Martine is currently member of the Theater Resources Unlimited Producer Development and Mentorship Program. Before joining Gallim, Martine was the Director of Operations at Steps on Broadway where he was responsible for managing the Work/Study Program, as well as maintaining the daily operational flow of one of the largest dance training facilities in the world. Immediately after graduating college, Martine served as an Artist Services Intern for the 80th Anniversary Season at Jacob’s Pillow, which provided a wealth of experience and knowledge about the industry. Matthew has a strong passion for educational outreach and the development of emerging choreographers, and is excited to share that with Gallim.

Lauren Shoolman (Development Manager) graduated from York University in Canada with a BA Specialized Honors in Marketing and a Certificate in Management. Shoolman is an Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA) Fellow, and has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the International Society for the Performing Arts. Prior to joining Gallim, Shoolman was the Development & Donor Stewardship Manager at Tapestry New Opera in Toronto, Canada, where she was responsible for managing the company’s fundraising priorities and initiatives within individual, foundation and corporate relations. Before entering the not-for-profit arts, Shoolman acquired experience as the Marketing Manager at SHINE Dance Competitions, developing new marketing strategies, and as a Research Associate at Ipsos Reid, conducting research for the world’s largest automaker. Shoolman also volunteered for the Toronto affiliate of Dress for Success (DFS) Worldwide where she wrote the business plan securing the first Professional Women’s Group of DFS – Toronto.