PTA Artist: Denise Miller & Quiterie Gianina-Gabrielle
Denise Miller & Quiterie Gianina-Gabrielle, Women and Dance in Dayton – Choreography & Dance
Women and Dance was founded by two women, Denise Miller and Quiterie Gianina-Gabrielle, who began their journey with a series of interviews and a performance designed to celebrate women dance artists in the Dayton, Ohio area. Women and Dance is supported in their mission to speak out about human rights issues, to continue highlighting artists and to dialogue about dance largely from a woman’s point of view by amazing volunteers and media artists. The company has performed at numerous local events including a 2015 Middle Eastern dance concert in Beavercreek, Ohio. Work from Women and Dance’s repertory was performed at Sinclair Community College’s spring dance concerts in 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have also presented two concerts at Rosewood Arts Centre highlighting local artists: Opening Doors in 2014 and Human Elements in 2016. Women and Dance’s fundraising performances have supported local nonprofits such as AID’s Resource Center Ohio and Dayton Sickle Cell Affected Families Association.
Denise Miller has a background in Middle Eastern dance, which she has studied, taught and performed for over 25 years. Denise also traveled and lived in Turkey where she conducted dance research and performed. She studied modern dance throughout her career, and formed Sandstorm Dance Company in 2003. Sandstorm consistently sold out shows at the Shuster Center in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Quiterie Gianina-Gabrielle graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, where she collaborated with film artists, Nishanti Josson and Pradeep Edussuriya, as well as David Glivar, composer. While in Southeast Ohio, she performed with Village Productions, in addition to teaching dance at the company’s school. Since returning to Dayton, OH, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Quiterie has had the privilege of performing the work of Rodney Veal in connection with the Blue Sky Project as well as Mr. Veal and Shaw Pong Lui’s Translations. She also worked with Mr. Veal and other artists on a performance installation at the Dayton Art Institute for Homefull’s 25th Anniversary Gala. Quiterie danced with SMAG Dance Collective and served as the company’s Marketing Director for two seasons. Quiterie has been blessed to perform the work of choreographers Zelma Badu-Younge, Joanna De Souza, Richard F. Mosley II, Denise Miller and Erin LaSala among others, in addition to performing the works of emerging choreographers Taiesha Green and Rachelle Cartee. She looks forward to Women and Dance’s third season, and performing for the first time as a part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s Performance and Time Arts series.
Title: The Rejection
Performance Description: Prejudice against Muslims is the theme. This piece is about two women who are rejected by their own society as a consequence of war. Without husbands, many women and children in the Middle East are lost, not knowing if they will be helped or killed by the extremists. Muslim women also experience rejection in Western society due to negative perceptions of their religion and culture.