Choreographer Gentry Isaiah George founded Inwood / Washington Heights, NYC’s premiere dance company ZEST Collective November 02, 2013. Former Dance Artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ailey II, and Lustig Dance Theater, George graduated from The Juilliard School in 2012. Gentry is a Guest Artist at Randolph College, Central Connecticut University, and currently teaches at the Dance Project of Washington Heights, Eglevsky Ballet, Take A Bow Performing Arts Center, and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts.
George was born in Miami, Florida in 1990. At age eight he began his artistic studies with the Founder of The Community Book and Dance Academy Linda Agyapong. He studied with Sylvia Padron at Charles R. Drew Middle School and went on to graduate from New World School of the Arts in 2008. Gentry also trained with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Artistic Director Vladimir Issaev. Further, he was a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Ailey School, and The Miami Conservatory’s Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. George is a recipient of a Level 1 ARTS award, given by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and is featured on HBO’s “Masterclass,” also starring Jacques d’Amboise. He has graced the pages of Essence Magazine, and can be seen in the feature-film “Life of an Actress.” In 2014 George’s ZEST Collective Dance was the cover feature for Dance Mogul Magazine’s December issue.
Gentry has created work on The Governor's School for the Arts (Norfolk, VA), Randolph College (Lynchburg, VA), Arts High School (Newark, NJ), and has choreographed three ballets on the Peter London Global Dance Company - the most recent of which premiered December 2017 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.
George has presented work throughout New York City, New Jersey, and Florida. In New York City, ZEST has performed at the SummerStage, Dixon Place, HarlemStage Gatehouse Theater, Ulster Performing Arts Center, The Wassaic Project, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Whitebox Art Center, Madiba Harlem, Fort Tryon Park, Marcus Garvey Park, and the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood.