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College of Education and Professional Studies

Gabrielle McNeillie

     Gabrielle McNeillie

     M.F.A. The University of Arizona
     B.F.A. T
he University of Akron
     Licensed Fletcher Pilates Teacher

     Gabrielle L. McNeillie MFA
     Originally from Rochester, New York,                     Gabrielle McNeillie received her early                   training at Brockport School of Dance and           Performing Arts and the Rochester City               Ballet. She graduated cum laude from The University of Akron with a BFA in Dance Performance. After working for almost a decade as a dancer and Dance Captain for Carnival Cruise Lines Entertainment, Gabrielle returned to Rochester, married her husband Blair, and began sharing her passion for dance through teaching. She earned her MFA in Dance/Choreography from The University of Arizona in 2014 where she had the pleasure of being trained and mentored by the outstanding faculty and staff of the School of Dance.

Gabrielle’s teaching and choreographic credits include private studios in New York, Washington, Ohio, and Arizona, as well as at The University of Arizona, Pima Community College and Central Washington University. Her most recent performance and choreographic credits were with AGA Dance Collective a collaborative performance group in Tucson, AZ, with whom she was a founding member. Past performance credits include; Carnival Cruise Lines, Illuminata Dance Co, and Rochester City Ballet.
Gabrielle’s research has been presented at the National Dance Education Organization National Conference, Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research in Dance combined International Conference, and the Dance Kinesiology Teachers Conference. Her research interests in injury prevention have been strengthened by a background in Pilates. In January of 2013 she was licensed in all levels of mat based Fletcher Pilates® and in June of 2015 she was licensed to teach on all apparatus. While in Tucson she was an active student and teacher at the Fletcher Pilates® flagship studio, Bodyworks Pilates™.
As an educator, choreographer, and dancer Gabrielle believes that the discipline of dance can add tremendous value to education. Students who study dance learn life lessons in cooperation, collaboration, self-analyzation, and reflection, which can enhance their future successes regardless of career choice. This is what continues to drive her passion for not only dance as an art form but for dance as a road to excellence.

Spending time with my family outdoors, traveling, skiing, reading, and cooking.


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