12 Sep Gia Mongell Binner
Gia Mongell Binner made her Broadway debut shortly after graduating from The Juilliard School. As an original cast member of An American in Paris, Gia performed Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony Award-winning choreography at The Palace Theatre on Broadway as well as on the 69th Annual Tony Awards, serving as a swing and assistant dance captain across the run of the show. She was later invited to join the US National Tour and the show’s final run at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France. New York theatre credits include I Married an Angel at City Center Encores! (choreographed by Josh Bergasse), Cendrillon at The Metropolitan Opera, and roles in concert pieces by Twyla Tharp, Pina Bausch, and Nacho Duato while at Juilliard. Gia has played Kristine in A Chorus Line at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (under the direction of Baayork Lee) and also appeared in Misty Copeland’s commercial campaign for Under Armor, the premiere party for the 20th Century Fox feature film Deadpool and Legacies on the CW.
Originally from John’s Creek, Georgia, Gia grew up studying under Jonnie Kelley at The Dancer’s Studio/Backstage. Upon graduating with her BFA in dance from Juilliard, she was awarded the prestigious Joseph W. Polisi Prize for exemplifying an “Artist as Citizen.” Giving back to the next generation of dancers, Gia has taught on faculty for Lincoln Center Education’s Middle School Arts Bootcamp which provides Art Education for Title I schools in New York City. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Hunter College and has been a long-time faculty member for NHouse Productions/Commercial Dance Intensive under Casey Noblett. She currently is the Director of the Commercial Dance Intensive’s On Location programming which brings the best in the commercial dance industry from New York and LA to the comfort of local dance schools throughout the U.S. Gia holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance with a focus in Film from Hunter College. Her all original movie musical Meet and Run, available on iTunes and Spotify, premiered in NYC in April of 2022.
Gia and her husband Maxwell have recently relocated to Atlanta. Gia looks forward to giving back to the communities that nurtured her love of dance as a young person while also exploring Atlanta’s multifaceted commercial dance/film scene. She is so thrilled to be teaching at TYSOD and working with the Roswell Dance Theatre Movement Collective.