Gabriella Sibeko is a freelance dance artist originally from Ontario, Canada and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. She is now based in New York City.
During her formative years of training, she studied heavily in classical ballet under the direction of Paula Urrutia. She performed principal roles in works such as, La Bayadere, Paquita and Don Quixote. In 2013 she was granted a Scholarship to The Ailey School, where she trained for the next 3 years, graduating from the Certificate Program in 2016. She received additional training at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem.
Her artistry has been shaped profoundly by the choreographers she has worked with including, Mike Esperanza, Mary Grace McNally, Mathew Rushing, Jon Rua, Katherine Maxwell, Ellenore Scott, Lauren Cox, Teddy Tedholm, Matilda Sakamoto, Andrea Ward, Yoshito Sakatuba and Ellen Sickenberger to name a few. She has also worked and traveled as an assistant for Nathan Trice, Emily Greenwell and Erica Sobol.
Gabriella co-choreographed the international video campaign entitled ‘Freedom: International Day of the Girl’ produced by The Global Goals Campaign, in affiliation with Beyoncé Knowles, receiving wide international recognition. She can be credited in music videos, Serenading in the Trenches by Sondre Lerche, choreographed by Ellenore Scott, The Runner by Alison Sudol, choreographed by Kristin Sudeikis, Mish Mish by Noah Souder-Russo, choreographed by Lirr Katz and Show-Off by Ana Kay, choreographed by Teonna Wesley. She has also performed in multiple NYC venues as a back-up dancer for singer/songwriter, ELENI.
She was one of the lead dancers in the 2018 Capezio A.C.E. Award’s winning piece entitled, Not For Picking. Recently, she performed as a featured dancer for the 2020 PHISH concert held at Madison Square Garden, choreographed by Jon Rua. Additionally, Gabriella will star as the featured dancer in an upcoming Netflix documentary, entitled Malinche, set in Ibiza, Spain.
She is currently a member of Hivewild, MG + Artists, Jon Rua’s TheGrit, Channel:Dig, ELSCO Dance, Cloude.NYC and DEPTH Dance. She is also the co-host and co-founder of danceCONNECT: a series of stages and stories, which is an interview-style podcast that centers around conversing with a variety of dance artists.
She is honored to be entering her second year as an instructor for Thrive. These hard-working, kind, ever-growing, talented students have inspired her spirit tremendously!