A.I.M Dancer and Home Instructor Gianna Theodore is Letting Pleasure Lead the Approach


In 2018, after Gianna Theodore noticed A.I.M by Kyle Abraham carry out at The Joyce Theater, the whole lot snapped into perspective. “I known as my mother and mentioned, ‘I’ve to bop for this firm,’ ” she remembers. A.I.M held an open audition that 12 months, and Theodore, who was a junior­ within the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program on the time, made it by means of many rounds of cuts, however after a dialog with firm founder Kyle Abraham, they each determined that the timing wasn’t fairly proper. The 2 saved in contact, and through Theodore’s senior 12 months of faculty, she requested Abraham if he wanted any understudies. As destiny would have it, the timing was good—Abraham invited Theodore to study an element in his work An Untitled Love and, lower than per week later, prolonged an invite to hitch the corporate part-time.

Theodore has been dancing with A.I.M ever since, bringing groundedness, fluidity, spontaneity, and precision. She’s additionally a presence elsewhere within the New York Metropolis dance world, instructing newbie home at Ailey Extension and deeply immersed in the home scene. Such a full plate would possibly sound overwhelming, but it surely’s by design. “Dance brings me pleasure, a lot in order that it may be laborious to determine which path I need to go down,” Theodore says. “However the one factor I do know is that I need to proceed to seek out newness in as many elements of this artwork type as doable.”

a female dancer wearing jeans and a colorful, one-sleeved top dancing in front of a city skyline
Photograph by Quinn Wharton.

New York or Nowhere

“There isn’t any place like NYC. I really like the road model scene—it’s so uncooked and exquisite. I attend many dance battles, together with Battle 101, which is run by my buddy Huu Rock. It’s a newbie battle, so that you’re capable of watch dancers develop over time as they proceed to take part, which is basically inspiring. Battle occasions are a complete occasion. Everybody’s dancing between every spherical, and the love of dance is palpable.”

A Eureka Second

“In 2020, Kyle [Abraham] set the solo ‘Little Lady Blue’ on me, a part of the full-length work If We Have been a Love Music. It was one in every of my favourite moments. I cherished performing one thing so true to Kyle’s artwork type, but in addition so true to me. I used to be capable of finding my voice and painting very actual emotion. The method allowed me to analyze the position and determine what I needed individuals to really feel whereas I used to be dancing.”

Pupil and Instructor

“Once I’m instructing, I typically say that I don’t really feel prepared to show simply but—I really feel like I’m nonetheless firstly of my dance profession! I started instructing as a result of I’m actually keen about home dance and instructing helps increase on that. I typically educate for A.I.M, too. I study a lot concerning the dancers by means of instructing. I simply love dance a lot, so to transmit my love on this instructional means is each difficult and fulfilling.”


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