She comes on stage. You are certain that you are about to see, hear, feel something special. As dancer or as choreographer, by herself or with colleagues, she draws you in as witness to her originality, her drive, her unique dance entrepreneurship, energy that empowers others to see and feel her creative pulse. You are on a magic carpet ride as she brings her vision to life right before your eyes, and whisks you away to the stars.
This is Therese Gahl.
A native of northern Virginia, Therese Gahl has been dancing since six years old. She received much of her dance training at the Washington School of Ballet (WSB) where she had many opportunities to dance alongside the Washington Ballet Company and perform at many notable venues, such as the Warner Theater, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. In her graduating performance from WSB, Therese performed the featured role of Nikiya from La Bayadere, Act II.
Therese graduated Cum Laude from George Mason University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Throughout college, she taught ballet and creative movement at many DC metro area dance studios, including Maryland Youth Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theater, and CityDance where she is the Conservatory Program Manager.
Since 2008, Therese has taught ballet, creative movement, and jazz at CityDance Center and Virginia Ballet Theater. In September 2010, she also began teaching for Maryland Youth Ballet’s Early Dance Division.
Therese spent one year (2007) performing as a member of Salt Lake City’s Ballet West II in many ballets, including Prokovsky’s Three Musketeers, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Stars and Stripes, and in a state-wide Ballet West II tour performing a mini-production of Sleeping Beauty for local public elementary schools.
Therese Gahl Choreography.
Therese’s contemporary ballet choreography has been performed in many international dance competitions including Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition. She teaches and choreographs in the Washington, DC area has performed with Sarah J. Ewing (S.J. Ewing & Dancers), Ivy Chow (I.C. Movement Project), and Diana Movius (MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet), and as a member of Shu Chen Cuff’s Gin Dance Company (since 2012) and Miya Hisaka’s Teatro de Danza Contemporanea.
Gahl recently completed her diploma certification for Dance ICON Smart USA Method, International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, founded by Vladimir Angelov. She is looking forward to future endeavors sharing her choreographic and kinetic voice through her movement within such an eclectic DC dance community she is fortunate to call home.
Therese’s choreographic work Spectra was invited to participate in “La Voix des Femmes” as a part of Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival in February 2018.
Therese Gahl’s In-Studio and Performance Footage in 2016
Choreography (In order): Therese & Liz Gahl, Therese Gahl Improv, Diana Movius, Ivy Chow (IC Movement Project)
“When you find the best medium to communicate the most honest and sincere side of yourself, it’s addictive. You feel like you can take a giant exhale inside your soul and allow everything that was stirring inside you without a voice or advocate to be finally set free. You are hooked to that feeling and desire that same rush to be shared with those who are either the performer or audience member.
This primal craving is one of the strong accelerators and motivators to why I pursue the performance and creative opportunities I have explored in the DC area. I have nurtured this rush both inside the studio with my peers and students in the middle of creating, while also on the stage representing the vision of fellow choreographers and artists.” -Therese Gahl
Therese Gahl – “Dear Mr. Cooper”
Choreography: Shu Chen Cuff, Gin Dance Company