Gillian Rhodes is an American dancer, choreographer, model, and writer. She started learning classical ballet at the age of five. As a teenager, she focused more on musical theater and circus, and worked as a professional aerial circus performer and coach. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University, where she refocused on dance, studying Graham technique (with Donlin Foreman), contemporary, and various styles. After spending a year abroad in Paris, France, she brought the first American group to a university festival in Paris the following year.
Upon graduation, Gillian traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to teach a series of choreography workshops for the NGO Cambodian Living Arts. She stayed in Cambodia for three years, working primarily as a choreographer for Cambodian Television Network and as the senior management assistant at Cambodian Living Arts. During that time, she brought two original pieces to international festivals in Malaysia. In 2015, she choreographed a piece for Jolona Jongjam, a festival commemorating forty years since the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
Gillian left Cambodia for South Korea in June 2015. Shortly after arriving, she performed at the Incheon International Dance Festival and the Jeju Fringe Festival. She trained regularly with Trust Dance Theatre in 2016 and in 2017 taught weekly classes as part of the company’s training program. In September 2015, she was invited to join Second Nature Dance Company as a guest dancer. After performing in three mainstage productions with Second Nature, she was named a member to the company and was a principle member in 2017.
Gillian is currently based in Lahore, Pakistan. She shifted in February 2018 after being invited to the School of Tomorrow Conference in Islamabad in 2017. She has performed all around the country in a variety of styles, including her own contemporary and traditional Punjabi bhangra. Her evening-length work entitled “The Name I Give Myself” was invited to GIKI’s 21st Annual All-Pakistan Performing Arts Festival. She has appeared in multiple music videos with local singers, and has modeled for award-winning photographer Ashna Khan and top brands such as Sonya Battla. Gillian was the resident artist for both National College of the Arts and the Institute of Arts and Culture. She choreographed the upcoming film “Kamli’ by award-winning director Sarmad Khoosat and currently teaches at Beaconhouse National University.