Gerald Casel (Assistant Professor) was born in the Philippines and raised in California where he began dancing in public school. He holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee assisted by a fellowship from the Advanced Opportunity Program.
Gerald has danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Sungsoo Ahn, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Russell Dumas, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio where he was a company member from 1991-1998 and 2001-2005. He served as Stephen Petronio Company’s Assistant Director and Director of Education. He has assisted Mr. Petronio on several commissions including Underland for The Sydney Dance Company, Laytext for Deutsche Oper and Ride The Beast for The Scottish Ballet. As a repetiteur, he has restaged Petronio repertory on the companies of Ballet National de Marseille and The Scottish Ballet. In 1997 he was honored to receive a New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for sustained achievement.
Casel has been commissioned by The Barnard Project, New York University’s Second Avenue Dance Company, Da Da Dance Projects, Your Mother Dances and X Factor Dance Company of Scotland.
His dance company, GERALDCASELDANCE has been presented in New York at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks and SplitStream), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Dancenow NYC, Aaron Davis Hall, and 92nd Street Y. The company has also performed at The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), Jacob’s Pillow, Inside/Out (Lee), Danceworks and Mitchell Hall (Milwaukee), Conduit (Portland) and ODC Theater (San Francisco). Additionally, the company has toured throughout Scotland on a collaborative project with X Factor Dance Company.
As a teacher Casel regularly taught in New York City at Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research as well as a guest artist at Impulstanz (Vienna), The School for Modern Dance in Denmark (Copenhagen), Tanzfabrik (Berlin) and as a guest company teacher for Sasha Waltz and Guests (Berlin). He has also taught as a guest teacher at The Juilliard School, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet National de Marseille, The Scottish Ballet and The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, Long Island University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (as a visiting Assistant Professor) and as a full-time faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2010-2011 he was a Professor of Contemporary Dance at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.
Casel has been Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and The Yard. He has received grants from the Asian American Arts Alliance, was a finalist for the Urban Artist Initiative (NYFA), The Dance New Work Award and the Center for International Education’s Overseas Undergraduate Research Grant at UW-Milwaukee. He served on the New York State Council on the Arts’ Dance Panel 2008-2010. Gerald holds certifications to teach yoga (Om Yoga Center, NYC) and to practice Thai Yoga Bodywork.