Gina Kohler holds a BFA in Dance from Kent State University (2001) and an MFA in Dance, from Hollins University/American Dance Festival (2009). Kohler has taught in many locations. She was on faculty at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange where she initiated the Young Women’s Project, taught Modern III and worked as a Co-Director for the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Youth Dance Company, BAXco. Kohler teaches Hatha Yoga and completed her Teaching Certification through the White Lotus Foundation. In addition, she has done work for MoveThisWorld as a Senior Peace Mover in the New York City public school system. Kohler is thrilled to be working alongside Wideman/Davis Dance as a creative advisor, dramaturge and grant writer, where together, they received a MAP Fund Grant (2013). Kohler has taught as a guest artist at University of Michigan, Dance New Amsterdam, Kent State University, Holy Cross, Salem State College, Frostburg State University, Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and TanzTag Coop (Austria). Kohler worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the MFA Program at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA from (2014-2017). While at Hollins Kohler choreographed three new works, which have been performed in the Fall and Spring, Dance Gatherings at Hollins University. In addition, Kohler was selected to participate in a Faculty Working Group to develop Open Educational Resources for academic courses. She was deeply engaged as a facilitator and in faculty working groups focusing on diversity and inclusivity on Hollins campus and was also a trained as a moderator for Sustained Dialogue. Kohler served as a Mellon Fellow at Hollins University during 2016-2017 academic year, which focused on The Student as a Whole Learner. Kohler currently works as the Wellness Coordinator at the YMCA Express at Gainsboro and is thrilled to work with the Northwest community in Roanoke, VA.
As a dancer, Gina has had the pleasure of working with the following: Archipelago Theater Company, Kelly Bartnik, Tessa Chandler, Diana Crum, Thomas DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE, Camille Dieterle, David Dorfman (Underground) and Apprentice, GK1 Productions, Lyndsey Karr, Dahlia Nayar, Jennifer Nugent, Daniel Lepkoff, James Morrow, Nora Stephens, Claire Tunkel and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Kohler continues to present her work internationally and throughout New York City. She has shown her work in venues such as: AIR Studio, The Bridge, Joyce SOHO, Kent State University, Hollins University, WAX-Works in Progress, Dance Space-Works in Progress, The Brooklyn Dance Sampler, One Arm Red, the D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival, The Cool NY Festival, Movement Research Open Performance Series, ACDFA National Festival, PAN Installation1, PAN Installation 2, PAN Installation 3, Ulla’s House (2009, 2010), The American Dance Festival Thesis Concert, Galapagos Art Space, Dance New Amsterdam, One Arm Red, Frostburg State University, Holy Cross, Salem State College, Kent State University, the Ballet de Lorraine, WUK Im_flieger (2009, 2010, 2011), WERK and at the Congress on Research for Dance – Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance at the University of Michigan (2012), with Thomas DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE Duke University Women’s Studies Feminist Theory Workshop as a keynote performance hosted by Duke University (2016).
Kohler’s project dream [factories] has been performed 30 times to date in the United States and Austria. dream [factories] is in development both a live art event and a book in the making. An excerpt of her book dream [factories] was published in the Society of Dance History Scholars Publication 2012, Visual Culture and Performing Arts – an Academic Discipline. dream [factories] was performed as an evening length work January 2016 at Judson Church as a part of the Judson Art Wednesdays (JAW). Kohler’s work dream [factories] is most recently featured in current dance scholarship writing by Dr. Thomas DeFrantz in Queer Dance, Meanings and Makings Edited by Claire Croft (2017).