Gayer Julie


Classical Ballet / Artistic Director

Avodah\'s Artistic Director, Julie Gayer brings an outstanding background to Avodah. She grew up in New Jersey studying dance as a child and teen. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University, she pursued intensive study in modern dance and choreography with Helen Barrow (Merce Cunnigham), Karen Steele (Lar Lubovitch), KT Niehoff, Anne Stackhouse, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Julie has performed and choreographed professionally in both concert settings and unconventional venues, including art galleries, parks, weddings, senior centers, and schools.

While studying yoga and Bharata Natyam in India, she was invited to perform at sacred ceremonies. Julie toured through Western Europe, California, Hawaii, and Washington sharing her unique style called \"Yoga Dance\" in performances and workshops. Julie co-founded Breaking Ground Dance Theater in Seattle and is a performer and choreographer for Koa Blue Dance Theater in Maui. She toured the Hawaiian Islands for \"Dance Quake\", a Hawaii State Dance Festival, and performed with Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, a Hula dance troupe. Currently, she is a teaching artist in New York City\'s public schools.

Julie attended Jewish Day School until fourth grade, had a Bat Mitzvah and was confirmed. She is eager to continue exploring her Jewish roots, as Artistic Director of the liturgical and educational programs of Avodah Dance Ensemble.

\"When I left Hawaii, I had a vision of returning to the East Coast and synthesizing my dance experience with a renewed interest in understanding my Jewish roots. On my way back, while teaching in Seattle, I met someone who had an apartment available in New York! I left Seattle with a key to this apartment in hand, and I knew it was \"b\'Shert\" that I would stay in New York. Soon after, I met JoAnne and Avodah, and I sensed that Avodah would be a home for me. I am so thankful to be working with Avodah as Artistic Director of liturgical and educational programs. JoAnne has been an amazing mentor, guiding me through the \"ins and outs\" of this diversified and very creative position.

This year, we are creating programming that seeks to fulfill our mission of deepening personal identity while also building community. Our programs have cross-cultural, interfaith, and intergenerational elements as well as a specific focus on the needs of women and children. I look forward to meeting you, and I hope to see you at one of these programs in the upcoming season!\"

Avodah is always open to developing programming that complements the themes an organization or group is studying. Please email Julie to discuss your questions and interests. You can also call her at 917-822-9665.

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