Elijah Alhadji Gibson – Teacher and choreographer in demand, is from San Diego, California, where he attended San Diego School for the Performing Arts. Mr. Gibson is three year returning Vitacca Faculty Member and has joined the faculty of his Alma Mater at Sam Houston State University were he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Mr. Gibson joined Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago in 2000 where he performed for eight years. He has worked with or performed the works of the late Gus Giordano, Margo Sappington, Christopher Huggins, Jon Lehrer, Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, Tony Powell, Ron De Jesus, and Davis Robertson among many others. He’s also had the privelage of guest performing with Instruments of Movement, Cirqua River a Dance Theater, and Especialty Tap Chicago just to name a few. He has performed and taught throughout the United States as well as in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Latvia, Spain, Ecuador, Canada, and Mexico. Mr. Gibson has served on the faculties of the American College Dance Festival Association, Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Leon Dance Arts NY, and Key West Modern Dance just to name a few. Dance companies hav e performed his choreography nationally and internationally such as Nomi Lamad, Inaside Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Jayson Tisa Dance Company, City Dance Company of Houston, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II, and Naway Dance Company, as well by university dance ensembles throughout the country. Upon his transition into teaching in higher education, he has been on faculty at Shenandoah University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been fortunate to dabble in every aspect of the arts from dance, theater, and film.