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Shannon.headshot - credit Arnaud Falchie

Artistic Director of VIM VIGOR and Lead PDT Teacher.

Shannon teaches Performance Mentorship, Acting Mentorship, the group based Creative/Construction Course, and Floorwork with Constructive Recovery.

Called ‘mesmerizing’ by VOGUE and championed as ‘vastly gifted’ by Deborah Jowitt, Shannon Gillen has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe. She was a member of the Johannes Wieland company based at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany; won commissions from Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, the International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart (3rd prize dance), the TIF theater in Kassel, and was also selected as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover.


Upon returning to the states, Shannon founded VIM VIGOR as the home for her collaborative choreographic and educational endeavors. Her work has been commissioned across the USA, Canada, Central America, South America and Europe. Additional projects include commissions by fashion label PHELAN for NY Fashion Week, DANCEworks at the Lobero Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Gibney Dance Company Boston Dance Theater and de Danseurs in NL; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include Springboard Danse Montreal, b12 festival, NYLA, Prisma Festival, Judson Church, PULSE Art Fair/Art Basel, Bryant Park, NYC's River to River festival, The Joyce, and Jacob’s Pillow. In 2018, Shannon was a choreographer in residence at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton and this year her work premiered at the ICA in Boston, UNCSA, Rutgers University, Gibney Dance, Over het lj in the Netherlands. 


Dedicated to educating the next generation of artists, Gillen has created a physical dance theater education platform for VIM VIGOR and PDT. She continues to support the dance community at large with online programming with PDT, as well as VIM lead open classes, workshops and annual winter and summer programming. Gillen is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. 



Founding Member and Co-Choreographer of VIM VIGOR and Lead PDT Teacher. 

Jason teaches Performance Mentorship, the group based Creative/Construction Course, and weekly Floorwork with Constructive Recovery.

Jason joined VIM VIGOR in his last year of studies at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Since receiving his BFA he has taught at many institutions on behalf of VIM VIGOR, including The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Michigan, Barnard College, Columbia University, Princeton University, LINK in Salt Lake City, Perry Mansfield and Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School. Additionally he has collaborated with Shannon Gillen on creations for LA Dance Project, Gibney Dance Company, Boston Dance Theater and Springboard Danse Montreal. This year Jason will be teaching with Gillen at SUNY Purchase, Rutgers University, and the b12 Festival in Berlin. He also performs in Sleep No More with PunchDrunk NYC.



TV and FILM Actor / Lead PDT Acting Teacher. 

Tom teaches Acting Mentorship and group based Acting Workshops.




Kiley Dolaway is a collaborating member of VIM VIGOR.

Kiley teaches Floorwork with Constructive Recovery.

Kiley Dolaway was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She studied ballet and modern dance at Philadelphia Dance Theatre then attended high school and studied dance at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Susan Jaffe. She recently graduated in May of 2018 from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College with a BFA in dance performance. During her time at Purchase, she performed repertory by Shannon Gillen, Kevin Wynn, Manuel Vignoulle, Sidra Bell, and Merce Cunningham. Additionally, she was invited to dance at Springboard Danse Montreal in the summers of 2017 and 2018 where she performed in the restaging of 'Paper Cuts in an Empty Bag' by Peter Chu and ‘Neither Here|There’ a new creation by Johannes Wieland. In 2018, Kiley also premiered in Shannon Gillen's 'SUPERBLOOM' at the 92nd Street before joining VIM VIGOR as a company member.


Since then she has assisted Gillen at The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, NYU Tisch, and Fordham Ailey. She has supported Shannon Gillen's creations at L.A. Dance Project, b12 festival in Berlin, Princeton University, Boston Dance Theater, and Booker T. Washington School for the Arts. In 2019, she will debut in VIM’s latest creation FOREVER in NYC, before traveling with Gillen to teach and create at LINK 2019 in Salt Lake City, Perry Mansfield's Summer Program, Springboard Danse Montreal, Springboard X, and VIM VIGOR's Summer Program in NYC.



Marija Obradovic is a collaborating member of VIM VIGOR.

Marija teaches Floorwork with Constructive Recovery.


Marija Obradovic grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. She began her dance training with the guidance of Svetlana Djurovic, the director and choreographer of Perpetuum Dance company, with whom she worked for seven years. The company performed nationally, and internationally on festivals in Jordan and Philippines. In 2015 Marija relocated to New York, where she had worked with JinJu Song Begin Da -On Dance and Soluq Dance Theater. She is also alumni of Springboard Danse Montreal and currently performs in Punchdrunk's production Sleep No More in NYC. Additionally, Marija holds a BA in Psychology from University of Belgrade. This past year she assisted Gillen on commissions at Barnard College, The Juilliard School, the b12 Festival in Berlin and supported workshops for New Dialect in Nashville. Marija joined VIM VIGOR as a company member in 2018.

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