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Nora Gibson is an American, female choreographer evolving ballet for the 21st century. She is interested in the beauty of the natural world, as evidenced in mathematics and science, and in working across disciplines to radicalize the content of and context for ballet.

Nora trained at Baltimore School for the Arts, Chautauqua, and NCSA, and earned a BFA from Tisch, at NYU. In addition to performing in the genres of ballet and contemporary dance in MD, D.C., and NY, she was selected to work from 2010-2013 with Lucinda Childs to perform various iconic 70s works as part of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage's Virtual Reconstruction project.

She has been invited as a resident artist in the US and abroad, including the nEW Festival in Philadelphia (2009-10), the CEC New Edge Residency (2009-10), the Ellen Forman Memorial Award (2011), the PHL/Poland Artist Exchange Residency (2012), the Choreographers on Campus Residency, funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2014), Diepenheim Werkplaats (2016), and Kaatsbaan (2017). Nora’s choreography has been presented by New Dance Alliance at Joyce SOHO, at Dance Place in Washington DC, Philadelphia Dance Projects, The Williams Center for the Arts, and the Franklin Institute. Her work was featured in Transfixion Films’ Dark White, presented at the 2015 Triskellion Dance Film Lab in Brooklyn, NY. Consistently, her choreography has received critical acclaim, heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "the most authoritative work in Philadelphia. . ."

Nora has been commissioned regularly by universities such as Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Georgian Court University, Alma College and The University of the Arts. She also maintains an active teaching practice, and has taught ballet and composition in the US and abroad, including Temple University, The University of the Arts, the Zawirowania Festival, and many other institutions.