Gail Vartanian is the director of the ContempraDance School.
She is originally from Philadelphia where Ms. Vartanian began
her training in Modern and Ballet under the direction of Brigitta
Trombler and Meli Davis. She attended York University
where she was a Modern Dance major studying Cunningham, Graham,
Horton and Limon techniques. Over the years she has had extensive
Jazz Dance training with Eva vonGercsy, Robert Archard,
Jo Jo Smith, Frank Hatchett, Luigi, and others.
Ms. Vartanian has performed in various Modern and Jazz dance
companies such as City Center Dance Theater of Atlanta,
Company Kaye, L'Image Dance Company of Miami and
the Palm Beach Ballet. She was lead dancer and assistant
choreographer with Miami's Les Folles Theater Dance Review
and also Resorts International's "Le Cabaret"
in Paradise Island, Bahamas and Atlantic City, New Jersey. She
has also choreographed and performed in Andrea Lauren's opening
act for Salt 'N' Pepa. Margarita Von Bahr, Director of
the National Ballet of Finland, invited Ms. Vartanian
to compose the only Modern/Jazz solo for the International
Gala Dance Festival in Finland. Her choreography has also
been presented at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach,
Florida and throughout the Philadelphia and Delaware area.
For the past twenty-five years, Ms. Vartanian has been teaching
her own style of dance incorporating Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and
Blues. Her classes are technically based, emphasizing physicality
and musicality. Her students have performed for the President
of the United States, numerous Broadway musicals,
ballet companies worldwide, and Madonna's touring
company. Ms. Vartanian has taught in various cities such
as Montreal, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Miami and Philadelphia.
Ms. Vartanian is also the Artistic Director of the ContempraDance
Theatre, a non-profit Modern/Jazz Dance Company she formed
in 1990. Her highly acclaimed Company is based at the School,
staging performances year round with original dance works.
In 2015, Gail served as panelist on the 2015 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Advisory Panel for PPAs Program Stream awards.