photo by Daley Kappenman

photo by Daley Kappenman

Staibdance is an Atlanta-based contemporary dance company. Since our founding in 2007, we have worked to boost the visibility and viability of contemporary dance in the Southeast through performances, workshops, and educational programming. With the establishment of the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy in 2010, we expanded our mission to include cultural and international exchange. Born in Tehran, Artistic Director George Staib often draws on his early memories of pre-Revolutionary Iran and his migration to the United States for movement inspiration.

Staib's work has been commissioned by companies and universities across the Southeast including Moving Current Dance Company in Tampa, the University of Florida, the University of Alabama, Spelman College, Auburn University, and Coker College. Most recently, the company traveled to Stockholm, Sweden for a teaching residency at Södra Latin performing arts college and a performance at Balletakademien.

"Staib's vocabulary is prolific with percussive gestures..."  - EatDanceNow

"...bold and kinetic...magnetic, tense, and euphoric."  - Atlanta Journal Constitution

"...the company of dancers create an atmosphere that is at times dark, often amusing, and consistently unsettling and physical." - BWW DanceWorld

"...movement likewise ranged from elaborate to minimalist, jerkily birdlike to graceful, aggressive to gentle, from tightly patterned to chaotic..." - Creative Loafing, Atlanta

" of those rare works one could watch again and again and find deeper insights every time." - ArtsATL

 "...Staib’s relentless inquiry and rigor brought out the best in many of the city’s finest contemporary dancers, and managed to elevate the standards for local dance. That artists on this level committed their time to Staib is evidence of his rising stature as one of the community’s most sharp-witted and innovative artists." - ArtsATL

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General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation