Doug Gillespie


DOUGLAS GILLESPIE is a Brooklyn-based Dance Artist and an originating member and creative contributor throughout Kate Weare Company’s first decade. Now the company’s Associate Director, Gillespie assists Weare on commissions, sets and re-stages repertory, facilitates outreach and teaching, oversees touring and is integral to the company’s spirit. He teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program,  National Taiwan University of the Arts and is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center in New York. Gillespie is an avid dance maker most recently choreographing for Sarasota Contemporary Dance a work named Bellonas; which will premiere in Spring 2017. Gillespie has also created his own student commissions for Cleveland State University, University of Florida and Santa Fe College; two of his works have premiered at American College Dance Association. Gillespie premiered his first solo project in Taiwan in November 2015 and had its U.S. debut in 2016. Gillespie has performed in Punchdrunk Emursive’s Sleep No More and Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell. Gillespie was born in San Diego, raised in Jacksonville and received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2005. 

Class Descriptions

Modern 5

Class begins on the floor with mind/body centering followed by short floor exercises to get our blood pumping. Class then moves into guided improvisation to help us delve deeper into our intrinsic movement and explore other kinetic influences.  Students are then taken through a series of several short combinations to become familiar with the movement and sink into their unique stylization within the choreography. This dancing will range from expansive full bodied, gestural, in and out of the floor, stop-action to explosive. Culminating the class we will add all the short combinations together for a monster phrase of dance to dive into the qualities of what it means to be an engaging magnanimous performer.

Modern Repertory

This class explores facets of compositional technique as a pathway to finding a unique and personal choreographic voice. Utilizing concepts of improvisation, spatial and rhythmic awareness, editing and structural analysis, and phases of development and process, this class explores composition in light of Weare’s foundational belief that movement exists in service of meaning and dance exists as a source of communication. Participants will create raw material and work with it both within and beyond the class as a source for experimentation.