Born in Tehran, Iran, George Staib is of Armenian descent and has been living in the United States since the age of ten. He began his dance training at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Though his BA is in political science, he actively studied dance, music and theater throughout his undergraduate years. He then went on to earn an MFA in dance and choreography from Temple University where he served on the faculty upon graduation. Notable teachers include Ann Vachon, Marcia Dale Weary, and Betty Jones; company credits include Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Coriolis Dance Company, Gathering Wild Dance Company, and Paula Kellinger and Dancers. In addition, the fall of 2006 provided Staib the opportunity to perform with the José Limón Dance Company as a guest artist in their re-creation of Missa Brevis. He has performed his critically-acclaimed solo NarcissEros extensively at venues across the United States and Europe.
As a choreographer, Staib has been honored with awards and citations both nationally and internationally. He received top honors for choreography in the Prague Dance and Theatre Prize 2000, held in the Czech Republic. His work has also been presented in London and various cities throughout Italy. National accolades include the Governor’s Prize from the Philadelphia Council on the Arts in 1994 while still a student, the Walkley Prize and the Weiss Prize for the Arts – both for his choreography. His choreography has been extensively commissioned and produced in over 20 states and selected for ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) Gala Performances. Recently, Staib’s work was commissioned by Moving Current Dance Company in Tampa, Florida where it was later selected to be included in the company’s 15th anniversary “Fan Favorite” concert.
In 2007, Staib founded staibdance, an Atlanta-based contemporary dance company. The company has received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally for their evening-length works, their dedication to teaching, and their mission for community engagement. Shortly following the development of the company, Staib launched the staibdance summer intensive in Sorrento, Italy, now in its eighth year.
As a teacher, he served as a Guest Artist-in-Residence at Temple University, Wilson College and the University of Nevada. In 2014, Staib was named one of five “dance whisperers” in the country by Dance Teacher Magazine. Additionally, he has been invited to teach master classes across the country at leading institutions such as Florida State University, St, Mary’s College, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Kennedy Center, George Washington University, to name a few. He was also a resident choreographer and teacher at the Las Vegas Civic Ballet for four years. Staib has an extensive background in music and has been recognized nationally for his choreographic and design contributions to high school band and colorguard programs, as well as the drum corps and winter guard activities. He has been on the staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard, The Glassmen, The Blue Knights, Cypress Independent, Diamond Bar High School, Walton High School, Las Vegas High School, Foothill High School, and many more. In addition, Staib serves on the Executive Committee for ACDFA as Vice President of Membership and served as an adjudicator for the South Regional Conference in 2013.
In 2001 he joined the dance faculty at Emory University where he teaches modern and ballet techniques, choreography, and Contemplate, Create, Debate, a freshman seminar he created to introduce students to the practice of seeing and making art. He is also a regular advisor to honor’s candidates in the Dance and Theater and Music Departments at Emory.
In 2011, Staib received Emory’s highly competitive and prestigious Winship Award for senior lecturers. He then traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel where he spent five weeks studying both Gaga technique with members of the Batsheva Dance Company and release technique with Iris Enez and leading choreographic workshops and feedback sessions. His relationship with Israeli dance continues with the recent publication of his article in the online magazine “Dance in Israel” and the incorporation of Gaga technique in his summer workshop in Sorrento, Italy. In 2013 Staib attended the Gaga Intensive in Tel Aviv, and was later invited by the Israeli Consulat to attend the Israeli Exposure, a five day celebration of Israeli Dance. Subsequently, he has served as a discussion moderator, presenter, liaison, and facilitator for Israeli Artists making work in Atlanta, GA. Most recently, George was invited to Stockholm to teach at one of Sweden’s top colleges, Södra Latin and to set work on Saraceno Dance CO, a Swedish contemporary company. His relationship with dancers in Stockholm has grown to include guest teaching at BalletAkadamien and DOCC of Sweden.
Currently, Staib is a contributing author and critic for Dance Informa Magazine, and The ArtsATL Journal. Staibdance is developing additional educational programming in Stockholm, Tel Aviv, New Zealand, and Mumbai.