Artistic Director | Assistant
Director | Board of Directors | Dancers
Gail Vartanian is
originally from Philadelphia, Pa.,
where she began her training in modern dance and
ballet under the direction of Brigitta Trombler
and Meli Davis. She continued in the path of Modern
Dance at York University in Toronto, Canada where
she studied Cunningham, Graham, Horton and Limon
Over the years, Ms. Vartanian has had extensive Jazz
Dance training with Eva vonGercsy, Robert
Archard, Jo Jo Smith, Frank Hatchett, Luigi, and others. Ms.
Vartanian has performed in various modern and jazz
dance companies such as City Center Dance
Theater of Atlanta, Company Kaye, L'Image Dance Company
Miami and the Palm Beach Ballet. She was the lead
dancer and assistant choreographer with Miami's
Les Folles Theater Dance Review, and also with Resorts
International's "Le Cabaret" Dance in Paradise
Island, Bahamas and in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ms. Vartanian was invited to compose the only modern/jazz
solo for The International Gala Dance Festival
in Finland, under the direction of Margarita Von Bahr,
National Ballet of Finland. She has also choreographed
and performed in Andrea Lauren's opening act for Salt
'N' Pepa. Her choreography has been presented throughout
Florida and the Philadelphia and Delaware area.
Ms. Vartanian has choreographed over twenty eclectic
dance works ranging from modern, ballet, jazz, hip
hop and elements of comedy such as the “Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up” and “Twas
the Nite the SugaPlum Crak-ed”. Her choreography
has been presented at the Florida Dance Festival
in Tampa, Delaware Dance Festival, Philadelphia
2000 Feet World Dance Festival, Ladek Zdroj International Dance Festival in Poland
and various venues
such as the Mandell Theater, Painted Bride Art Center,
Drake Theater, University of Tampa, Centennial Hall
and Pearson Hall. Ms. Vartanian’s choreography
for ContempraDance Theatre has been successfully reviewed
in Florida and Philadelphia and quoted as being, “Breathtakingly
Flawless,” “Powerful and Bold,” “Vartanian’s
brilliant choreography shines,” ”A vibrant
addition to the area’s dance scene.”
Ms. Vartanian enjoys collaborating with other artists
and musicians. She has received various grants for conceptual visual art projects and multimedia dance works.
In addition to her dance training, Ms. Vartanian attended
fashion and costume design school in Atlanta, GA.
She designs the costumes for most of the characters
in the productions for ContempraDance Theatre. She
has also designed for other dance companies.
For the past twenty-five years, Ms. Vartanian has been a dance educator teaching her own style of modern, jazz, lyrical and blues. Her classes are technically based, emphasizing physicality and musicality. She is the owner of her own dance studio, ContempraDance Center in Wayne, offering classes in various genres of dance as well as director of the ContempraYouth Dancers, the studio's pre-professional youth performance group. Her students have performed for the President of the United States, numerous Broadway musicals, Ballet Companies worldwide, and Madonna’s touring company. Ms. Vartanian has taught in various cities such as Montreal, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Miami and Philadelphia.
Ms. Vartanian is the director/coordinator for the Youth
Regional Dance Festival she
founded in 2005. This festival is an exciting opportunity for youth
dance groups throughout Pennsylvania to perform in a non-competitive
Most recently, Ms. Vartanian and her dancers were selected to be involved in a film documentary with singer/composer Michael Sembello dancing to his infamous Flashdance hit, “Maniac” The film will be released in Spring 2013 !
In 2015, Gail served as panelist on the 2015 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Advisory Panel for PPA’s Program Stream awards.