Annielille (Ani) Gavino
Annielille Gavino, affectionately known as Ani (meaning "Harvest" in her native tongue, Hiligaynon), is a native of the Philippines and a movement artist, choreographer, teaching artist, mother, and community organizer. She immigrated to the United States in 2000, and has performed in works of legendary choreographers such as Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Baba Chuck Davis, and many others. She danced with international modern dance companies Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Kun Yang- Lin/ Dancers. An interdisciplinary dance artist, Ani uses dance as a storytelling element for cultural connection, resistance, spiritual journeys, and community engagement. Her works have been supported by Dance Place, Fleisher Art Memorial, the Barnes Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Small But Mighty Arts, and Leeway Art for Social Change, among others.