About

Vision & Purpose

Just like humanity as a whole, dance is at a crossroads. Preserving tradition while pursuing progress is a challenge demanding our collective intellectual and spiritual energy.  Wisdom and fairness must guide us in choosing what we keep and what we change.

Concert dance (ballet, modern, and contemporary) has a rich history full of beauty but steeped in elitism. Unlike its exclusive past, dance is now popular and accessible in ways never imagined, but sometimes at the expense of the art form’s creative integrity and educational value.

The urgent task of our time, as we see it, is embracing the exciting opportunities the modern era presents, preserving and honoring dance history and its trailblazers to inform our contemporary practice, and offering opportunities that maintain a level of excellence available to any person who hungers to participate – all to usher in a sustainable future.

This is our vision. This is our purpose. This is our commitment.

Testimonials

  • Francisco Gella is just dripping with passion for the artistry and teaching of dance. His thoughtful approach to the development of young dancers is refreshing and inspiring to fellow instructors and it is clear that his methods are helping to produce dancers of the highest caliber. Francisco is giving and has great integrity as a human being. I highly recommend working with him.

    Nichelle Strzepek
    Dance Writer
    Founder and Owner of DanceAdvantage.Net
    Houston, TX

    Nichelle Strzepek
  • Francisco Gella has been such an inspiration to me. He has helped me with my technique, made me believe in myself because he believed in me, and he has been such a great supporter for me. He also has made me love the art of Ballet. Francisco has described the beauty of Ballet to me and now I appreciate the music and the placement of Ballet even more. He has shown me that Ballet isn’t always just classical but that there can also be a Contemporary side of it and when mixed together it is beautiful. He has truly inspired me and made me lovethe art of Ballet even more. Francisco has made a big impact in my life and I am so grateful.

    Carter Williams
    Pre-professional dancer
    Center Stage Performing Arts Center
    Orem, Utah

    Carter Williams
  • Francisco Gella is more than a dance teacher and dance maker; he is an educator, a motivator, an inspirer, a visionary, and above all, an artist. Having had the opportunity to work alongside Francisco on multiple occasions, I can firmly state his creative process is nothing short of awe-inspiring. He draws from all capacities of life—nature, architecture, other art forms, you name it. As an individual, he is awake and present and open to life, and translates all the beauty he absorbs directly into his work, making it a true testament to not only the beauty within him, but also, the beauty within the world. And moreover, Francisco is just as inspiring as he is inspired. He consistently seeks to share a piece of his heart and mind with all the students he has the pleasure of working with, which in turn, breathes even more life into the body of his work. Without fail, every time I am given the opportunity to work alongside Francisco, my senses are re-awakened and I walk away stimulated and ready to take on the world with passion and fervor.

    Michaela Pickett
    Professional Dancer and Teacher
    Los Angeles, CA

    Michaela Pickett
  • I have had the honor of participating in an extraordinary work by Francisco Gella. It was a marvelous experience. Francisco is an intuitive and watchful teacher and he uses these skills to create beauty from the dancers he is given to work with. It is quite an amazing process! He is thoughtful and uplifting to his students. He communicates in a positive way and it is easy to catch his enthusiasm for the art of ballet listening to him teach and choreograph because he is so obviously passionate about it. I love time spent with Francisco and look forward to it again.

    Gisele Bethea
    American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
    New York, NY

    Gisele Bethea
  • It is an understatement to say that Francisco Gella brings passion to his work – Mr. Gella IS passion and everyone in the room gets to have a taste! It’s remarkable to witness how dancers come to life, try harder, and start to free themselves when Francisco teaches the class or workshop. I have witnessed him work with non-dancers, beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers and his expertise comes wrapped in the kind of authenticity and joy that is nothing but contagious. You are seen in his class and he generously bares his soul. His work as a choreographer is striking, dripping with attention to detail, artistic integrity and simplicity. In addition, he’s a joy to present and work with both as an educator and artist.

    Kajsa Thuresson-Frary
    Director of Education
    McCallum Theatre
    Palm Desert, CA

    Kajsa Thuresson-Frary
  • What a pleasure it is to invite Francisco Gella into the doors of Bunker Dance Center each year for master classes, privates, and choreography creation. The studio seems to buzz in anticipation and as I’ve reflected on the excitement surrounding Francisco’s visits I realize it is due to his dedication to each and every student in his presence. Francisco makes all students in each of his classes feel they can achieve their dance goals. He motivates them with passion in his voice and energy in his body, demonstrating each step. His eye is keen quickly registering students’ weaknesses and strengths. It is Francisco’s knowledge combined with his compassion and devotion to his craft that make him a true master teacher and choreographer. Each student who has the good fortune to take a class from Francisco or dance a work created by him walks away with increased self confidence, a better appreciation of classical music and the art of dance, and a deeper commitment to continue training at the highest levels. Francisco Gella is much loved by students and teachers alike at Bunker Dance Center!

    Kathy Bunker
    Owner and Artistic Director
    Bunker Dance Center

    Kathy Bunker
  • My name is Dale Lam. I have a pre-professional training dance company. We specialize in contemporary, but also are diverse in many different styles. Our background and history is in ballet. I began training as a child in a ballet school, and my first teaching position was in a ballet school. So ballet is considered the foundation to all dance for Columbia City Jazz Dance Company. I have been awarded the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award by Dance Teacher Magazine and a current nominated artist for choreography by Jasper Arts Magazine. I am an Ambassador of the Dance Teacher Summit and have been an adjunct dance professor at the University of South Carolina for over 13 years. I have taught students in Singapore, China, Costa Rica, and the US for over 25 years.

    Francisco Gella was first introduced to me 3 years ago. I have trained in massage therapy, gyro tonics, body placement, prevention, and strengthening in training dancers so when I met Francisco and watched his class, I knew he had the understanding and knowledge of dance education and dancer’s body that would complimented my own. I invited him to come to my home studio to teach a ballet Workshop and for the past two years he has nurtured, educated, and helped my dancers, my ballet teacher, and myself in improving their techniques. Francisco is so encouraging to even the youngest students. Many teachers have the knowledge but that is only the first step, having the talent to inspire and challenge each student no matter what age or level is an even greater gift. Francisco does this with each student. His enthusiasm in class is infectious! He is so thrilled to share improvements with every teacher or director. Francisco  watches the class carefully and doesn’t proceed too fast. He makes sure that every task is done properly before moving on. I love that about him… going too fast is one of the problems in dance education today. He makes sure the students understand the correction, implement the correction, and lastly are given the encouragement that there is even more range of motion, more balance, more talent than they realize they have if they will just seek it out in their bodies.

    He is an incredible ballet teacher, an advisor, a master teacher, and friend. I have been told my company has made a “meteoric rise” in the last 2.5 years… I really believe that my association with Francisco has helped cause that.

    I would recommend any studio or company who truly cares about training dancers correctly should invest in commissioning Francisco to teach.

    He is very diverse having studied Limon and other modern techniques, plus he is an excellent choreographer. We have commissioned a 6 minutes ballet piece by him.

    Dale Lam
    Artistic Director
    Columbia City Jazz

    Dale Lam
  • Francisco Gella is a remarkable artist.  The students at Creative Arts Academy have had the honor of working with him in private lessons, master classes, and choreography sessions over the past couple of years.  Through our experience with him, Francisco has always exhibited a keen eye for the strengths within each dancer he works with and the ability to capitalize on those strengths through individual lessons and insightful choreography.  Francisco allows his students’ own creative identity to shine through the
    works he sets.

    Apart from his incredible artistic work, Francisco has proven to be a gifted teacher as he communicates his philosophies regarding art and dance to everyone within whom he interacts.  Francisco has taught our students the importance of taking risks, of believing in ones own talents, and of embracing ones own body for the movement it has to share.  He brings with him such an uplifting spirit that his impact is felt long after he leaves the studio.

    We are so grateful for the relationship we have developed with Francisco.  Thanks to his influence, our dancers are stronger, more confident, and more open to new experiences.  We are better as a studio because of him.

    Jana Monson
    Owner and Artistic Director
    Creative Arts Academy

    Jana Monson
  • Francisco has been such a valuable asset to my program at Dance Industry. Since Francisco started with me in 2014 he has had such a positive influence on not only all my dancers but my staff as well. He truly feels part of our family at Dance Industry. From the very first class Francisco taught he looked at my dancers and built a program around specifically what their needs were. He has been able to lengthen, stretch, inspire, and encourage all my dancers. From my smallest dancers to my seniors he has made an incredible impact. He truly has a gift for teaching and his passion shows in every class. His drive, his manner in which the material is demonstrated, enthusiasm, versatility, and love for the art of dance are all in line with our vision at DI. Francisco has been a positive attribution to my studio as a whole. His talent truly seems limitless. I feel lucky and blessed to have Francisco part of our team.

    Christy Wolverton-Ryzman
    Owner and Artistic Director
    Dance Industry Performing Arts Center

    Christy Wolverton-Ryzman
  • As an owner of a commercial dance studio for 34 years,  I have been frustrated with the task of finding a ballet teacher who has been able to bring the level of training that we needed and respect our world at the same time.  Our staff, our families, and our dancers have been hungry for a more focused effort to effectively train dancers no matter what genre of dance they wanted to pursue.  When I  first saw Fransisco teach a ballet class at a dance convention I knew then that I needed to surround my students with his talents.  Fransisco is a very gifted artist and teacher.  I have seen such a change in my dancers  technique, but more importantly in their confidence and desire to learn. It has been nothing short of a miracle to watch how the dancers respond to him in the classroom.  It has been life changing for all of us for which I will always be grateful.

    Nancy Giles
    Owner and Artistic Director
    The Southern Strutt

    Nancy Giles
  • Fransisco Gella has been inspiring me since the first time I took class from him. When it comes to ballet, it can get very repetitive and it feels very dull but Fransisco exerts an energy when he teaches class that demands your commitment on another level. This allows me to reach an even deeper level of technique and artistry that I did not know I was capable of reaching. I am surprised by how much I can improve but Fransisco is never surprised because he always believed in me.

    Ale Preciado
    Alonzo King Lines Ballet/Dominican University, BFA Dance Program
    Class of 2019
    San Rafael, CA

    Ale Preciado
  • It is extremely rare to come across a dance educator with as much passion, focus, and inspiration as Francisco Gella.  Francisco manages to create the utmost professional and intense environment within each of his classes, while simultaneously remaining accessible and supportive to all levels in the room.  His wealth of  knowledge and expertise in ballet is only the beginning. Francisco has the unique ability to teach to the entire room, finding ways to help all dancers, from beginners to the most advanced of students.  His hands on attention to detail, his curiosity of the human form, and his love for what he does, truly sets him aside as one of the greatest ballet educators of our time.

    Danny Wallace
    Director, 24 Seven Dance Convention
    Break the Floor Productions
    North Hollywood, CA

    Danny Wallace
  • Francisco Gella is my choreographer, my teacher, my mentor and most importantly my friend. Francisco instills in me passion and feelings that can only be expressed through dance. His choreography inspires me to be the best “me” I can possibly be and has helped me discover my soul. When he sets choreography, I know that it is not just something he has put together by chance or in a hurry. Every movement of his choreography has personal meaning and he expects me, as a dancer, to tell that story as he has intended it to be told. Because he has confidence in me I cannot ever let him down! I love Francisco because he knows my potential and he will push me as far as I can go, to get every ounce of talent I have to give. Trust me… I am willing to give all I have for him! Francisco takes the time to understand me personally as well, and even though he is a mentor to hundreds of young dancers such as me, he makes me feel special and unique! I love and appreciate Francisco so much and am beyond grateful for all of his help, love and support. Francisco is why I love to dance!

    Alexis Warr
    Center Stage Performing Arts Center
    Oreh, Utah

    Alexis Warr
  • What you think you become
    What you feel you attract
    What you imagine you create

    ~Buddha

    I believe that a deep passion and respect for dance as a communicative form sets Francisco’s teaching methods apart. He has the uncanny ability to fuse the classical forms of dance with varying physical languages- educating young dancers on the many ways they can speak through dance. It’s through exposure to these forms/languages that he stretches and strengthens the idea of what it takes to be a dancer- and what I believe is effective in shaping a well rounded artist. He stretches them to think, feel, and imagine their way to the best dancer they can be.

    Yusha Marie Sorzano
    Professional Dancer and Teaching Artist
    Los Angeles, CA

    Yusha Marie Sorzano
  • Working with Francisco is a gift. He is a fantastic teacher, choreographer, and mentorwho desires nothing more than to share his passion and love for dance with others and to help lead younger dancers who desire to be great on a path to attain their goals. His teaching methods that focus heavily on the technical and strength aspects of Ballet without loss of artistry have shaped me into the more technically efficient and artistically open dancer I am today. Being in his works sparked a new level of dynamics and performance quality within me that fuels my desire to further engulf myself in this beautiful art form.

    Alexa Bender
    Dance Major, Class of 2018
    California Institute of the Arts

    Alexa Bender
  • I have been following Francisco Gella’s work as a choreographer for about five years now and have marveled at the diversity of groups with which he has been able to set his works on. Here at IVC he has set two exquisite yet distinct contemporary ensemble pieces. He comes well prepared to set his pieces on the dancers in a very efficient way that utilizes their strengths within his fluid movement vocabulary. Francisco crafted both pieces utilizing stage space, costumes, and lighting in very different ways yet each piece had a captivating ebb and flow that partnered with his music choices and culminated in a cohesive deeply satisfying experience. You could often hear the audible visceral responses from the local audiences, and those immersed in the dance world at American College Regional Conferences, that witnessed his unique ability to surprise and delight their senses with breath-taking pieces. The dancers at IVC always benefit from being pushed to meet his high professional expectations. In addition, the college also benefits from those witnessing the results of his challenging our dancers and his polished exhilarating choreography. I would certainly like to hire him again in the future.

    Kathryn Milostan-Egus
    Chair, Department of Dance
    Irvine Valley College

    Kathryn Milostan-Egus
  • When I first took Francisco Gella’s class I absolutely knew nothing about dance and all of it has to offer me. Francisco Gella introduced me to a world of my dreams and because of the way he taught me, he me made me fall in love with dance from the moment I took my first class from him. His teachings really inspired me to dance from my heart and so my movement really derives from emotions and life experiences. He always told us that “dance because you love it, dance because you live it, dance because you have nothing to prove and everything to share” and that’s what I wanted to become. I wanted to share everything that I am experiencing in life through movement and creating work and this is all from that one phrase that he would constantly remind us what dance is all about. As I’ve been introduce to this art form relatively late, Francisco’s teaching and choreography really became the foundation of my development as an artist. He pushed me to where I needed to be and still makes me to want more and to never settle.

    Julio Sierra
    Dance Major Class of 2019
    The Juiliard School

    Julio Sierra
  • Hello my name is Tristen Sosa, I’am a artist in the field of dance! I will explain how I found faith in myself as a person and artist, also how I found true passion and admiration for dance. Growing up as a dancer I had the struggle of many voices saying no over and over again destroying my self confidence and my ego! Until I ran into the one and only Francisco Gella! He saw something in me, he open up his heart into me!Giving me the faith I needed to believe in myself and push myself to go beyond the limits! He gave me that spark to shine the light unto others! Working with him is truly pure creativity that comes with in heart! He sees you for who you are and creates his magic around the persons personality and soul! His mind is beyond the level of creativity given by God!

    Francisco is a Einstein when it comes to choreography, his vision with each piece of artwork he creates defines the laws of movement and performance! He is not like any other choreographer who simply works for the greed of money! He is a choreographer who creates to entertain the audience to bring out there inner most personal feelings, as if you were watching a film of your own life! I thank this man with all my heart for giving me the spark and love I needed to believe in myself as a artist and human being! Without his teachings I would not have accomplished many things in my career as a dancer! I look up to Fransisco and wish one day to change many hearts and souls just like he changed mine! Because the true goal as mentor or artist or choreographer is to put all your love on the table and watch your seed grow! Thank you Francisco Gella for the love you put in others to believe and to achieve!

    Tristen Sosa
    Professional Dancer
    Las Vegas, NV

    Tristen Sosa
  • A visit from professional choreographer and master teacher Francisco Gella always ignites a spark in my students. His affect on them is immediate, whether it’s opening their eyes to a clearer execution of technique or inspiring them to aim higher and conquer self-doubt. Francisco is unique educator. He sincerely wishes to share his knowledge and expertise, nourishing not only the students but my faculty as well. His versatility and understanding of both the classical and contemporary world makes him the perfect compliment to my in-house faculty. Francisco genuinely invests his heart and soul into the progress and education of young artists training at my studio. My students thrive in his class.

    Sue Sampson-Dalena
    Owner and Artistic Director
    The Dance Studio of Fresno

    Sue Sampson-Dalena
  • Francisco is a very charismatic teacher that has a special way to connect with his students and inspire them to give their best! It seems that he gets into their hearts and souls and is able to communicate what he really feels, his passion for dance, and this transforms their performance into a feeling, not just a step. Francisco is gifted, and he has a way to transmit that gift to each of his students, from the most talented one to the shy child in the corner of the room struggling to get better. He makes them grow with his teaching, challenges them to be better and with his creativeness gives them a new view,a different perspective on how one can approach dance,makes them see what a real Dancer can be.

    Marila Laura Pardo Mannucci
    Owner and Artistic Director
    Danceworks Costa Rica

    Marila Laura Pardo Mannucci
  • Having Francisco Gella in our studio working with our dancers for a week was a true gift of artistry, education and inspiration. The growth we witnessed in just a few days was incredible. Francisco brings his joy, his passion, his tremendous knowledge and a genuine love for dance to these lucky students. Thank you, Francisco. My students a reso inspired and ready to attack a new season.

    Michelle Latimer
    Owner and Artistic Director
    Michelle Latimer Dance Academy
    Denver, CO

    Michelle Latimer
  • Francisco Gella has transformed my dancers into artist beyond their years. His love of dance and teaching in second to none . He is a resident teacher for us this year. He has choreographed all of our companies ballet numbers along with full beautiful extended works of art. His contemporary classes and choreography is stunning. A very technical teacher along with his artistic poetry leaves us all amazed. His professional presence also presents itself for my students to observe and emulate. He is much loved.

    Kim Delgrosso
    Owner and Artistic Director
    Center Stage Performing Arts
    Orem, Utah

    Kim Delgrosso
  • As the parent of a dancer starting her college dance research and applications, nothing gave me more anxiety than the transition I made from being a dance studio mom to a dance college student mom. Meeting Francisco Gella and Jeffrey Hoffmann completely changed our lives! They make a marvelous coaching team. Francisco’s dance background and expertise in finding the strengths in a dancer and guiding her to work and explore those strengths along with Jeffreys extensive experience in the field of Education, made this transition as smooth as one could not imagine. From the first steps on deciding what to include in her portfolio as a potential dance candidate to the researching information about dance programs and the difference between those available programs, to interviews and audition tips. It was an amazing experience, both our dancer, Ale and our family will not forget. Both Francisco and Jeffrey held our hands through these entire process. They were coaches and mentors to both our dancer and us the parents. They were always available to answer our questions and concerns. As auditions got closer the stress levels were picking up but their calm and positive approach always helped all of us. The resources they provide you with, along with their incredible guidance and wisdom,makes Francisco Gella Dance THE place where all other dancers should start as they embark in their dance program search and college application.After all audition results had been back we met one last time with them to go over our dancers options and concluded by choosing the program that best suited her style and potential. Their best peace of advise as we are seating all together on that meeting was“..at the end of the day you will choose the program that best suits your style and your growing potential as an artist”. Love, Love them!

    Gisela Preciado
    Mother of a Pre-professional Dancer
    Utah

    Gisela Preciado
  • I just wanted to send you a note of our deepest gratitude for the personal intensive that you developed for me! I was amazed at how personalized and effective it was!! The areas that I requested attention have been dramatically improved in a very short time! I am confident that going forward I will continue to grow as I now understand so much more about how to utilize My body (i.e. Center, turnout,etc) while dancing. Not only that, but I’ve also learned more about the artistic side of dancing as well! Your vast experience and wealth of knowledge has given me such a gift that I could never truly be able to thank you enough! Simply amazing! Thank you!

    Lexi Nitz
    Pre-professional dancer
    Los Angeles, California

    Lexi Nitz
  • It was my great pleasure to be able to do 3 days of privates and have a solo set by Francisco. Francisco taught with equal parts knowledge, encouragement and tough love- the end result is magical! I loved that he pushed  hard but still had absolute faith that she could rise to the challenge. I have never been so thrilled to barely be able to walk. My sessions with Francisco were life-changing as I learned to work differently and access muscles I had never used. I also learned that nothing is impossible when working with Francisco! It was pure joy when after one day I could achieve goals I had been working years to attain!

    Emily Prymula
    Pre-professional Dancer
    Michigan

    Emily Prymula
  • Francisco has the ability in his teaching to not just help dancers with their understanding of technical ideas of placement, anatomical awareness and technique but to transcend above that to help dancers understand the joy and benefits dance can bring to their lives and to those around them. Francisco has a way of connecting with young dancers toteach them about dance and its connection to society. He inspires by his kindness and obvious passion for teaching. Francisco has a rare talent of working choreographically with a broad range of technical abilities that allows him to bring out the best in each individual dancer. He is a blessing to the dance world and to the dancers lucky enough to work with him.

    Jen Bradford
    Owner and Artistic Director
    Northern California Dance Conservatory
    Roseville, CA

    Jen Bradford