Phoebe Ballard is a movement artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY and began dancing at Gotta Dance in 1998. A guest teaching artist at public schools throughout the five boroughs and in New Jersey, she hustles between different writing, administration, dance-making, and teaching engagements in both NYC and NJ. At Gotta Dance, she is privileged to work with students of all ages in many capacities: as the Director of Nutcracker Sweets Traveling Troupe, as a choreographer for Edge Dance Crew, and as a rehearsal assistant for Showstoppers Dance Company. Her choreographic work has been presented at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, WAXWorks at Triskelion Arts, Liberty Hall Dance Festival, Dancewave Cafe, Austin Dance Festival, and as part of Current: Take 3. At the center of her making and teaching practice is a deep-seated desire to be together, to make things messy, to not take ourselves too seriously. Phoebe graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018 with an inspiringly unique cohort, a strong belief in the power of movement, and her BFA in dance.