Gentry George

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Harmonizing biography, social history, music, and performance, George’s Zest Collective dance troupe celebrates the beauty and triumph of musical pioneers whose songs rang out despite America’s dark history of oppression.

Afro Blue is Gentry Isaiah George’s latest installment from his series Roots & Rhythms, designed to commemorate Black Musicians of the 20th century. Renditions of the Jazz standard ‘AfroBlue‘ recorded by American Jazz Vocalist Abbey Lincoln and Cuban Percussionist Mongo Santamaria are the centerpieces for the new work.

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Gentry Isaiah George is the Artistic Director of Zest Collective and Professor of Dance at his alma mater New World School of the Arts. At age eight, he began studying with Linda Agyapong at the Community Book and Dance Club and later with Vladimir Issaev at the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. In addition, Gentry was a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Ailey School, and The Miami Conservatory’s Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.

George is a recipient of a Level 1 YoungArts award, and is featured on HBO’s ‘Masterclass,’ also starring Jacques d’Amboise. In 2012 Gentry graduated from the Juilliard School and began dancing with Ailey II of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Later that year, he was featured in the NY Post as “one of three men to watch in Ballet.” George was also a member of Lustig Dance Theatre, Malcolm Low’s Formal Structure, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem under the Direction of Virginia Johnson.

Gentry has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Ulysses Dove, Robert Garland, Martha Graham, Jose Limón, Ohad Naharin, Bronislava Nijinska, and more.

Gentry has created work for the Peter London Global Dance Company, New World School of the Arts, The Governor’s School for the Arts, Arts High School, Randolph College, and Cooperative Arts and Humanities High. In addition, Gentry choreographed and directed PianoSlam 14, presented by Dranoff 2 Piano and the Adrienne Arsht Center in April 2022.

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