Elijah Alhadji Gibson
Gibson founded Social Movement Contemporary Dance in 2019 after an international career as a professional dancer and a career in Higher Education. Originally from San Diego, California, he attended the San Diego School for the Performing Arts. Mr. Gibson continued his education and studied dance in college and received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, with a focus on dance history, somatic studies, and pedagogy. Gibson joined the world-renowned Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for eight years, performing the works of the late Gus Giordano, Margo Sappington, ChristopherHuggins, Jon Lehrer, Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, Tony Powell, Ron De Jesus, and Davis Robertson among many others. He’s also had the privilege of guest performing with Instruments of Movement, Cirqua Rivera Dance Theater, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Especialty Tap Chicago just to name a few. He has performed and taught throughout the United States as well as in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland,Costa Rica, Latvia, Spain, Ecuador, Canada, and Mexico. Mr. Gibsonhas served on the faculties of RDA Midwest, Gus Giordano JazzIntensive, American College Dance Festival Association, Jazz DanceWorld Congress, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago NationalAssociation of Dance Masters, Leon Dance Arts NY, Embrace DanceConvention, and Key West Modern Dance. Dance companies haveperformed his choreography nationally and internationally such asNomi Lamad, Inaside Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago,Jayson Tisa Dance Company, City Dance Company of Houston,Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II, and Naway Dance Company, as wellby university dance ensembles throughout the country. Mr. Gibsonhas been on faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory at ShenandoahUniversity, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sam HoustonState University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Gibson has been fortunate to have dabbled in every aspect of the arts from dance, theater, and film.