Gigi’s dance life began in her grandmother’s living room and continued with few interruptions (except for the birth of four babies and knee & hip surgeries) for over 45 years.
She was a full-time dancer with Ririe-Woodbury from 1979- 1981and received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University where she taught on the dance faculty. Gigi al- so had the opportunity to teach at the University of Nevada/ Reno, the University of Nevada/Las Vegas and Arizona State Uni- versity. She helped establish the Children’s Creative Dance Lab in Las Vegas, the Sierra Repertory Dance Theatre in Reno and RW studio classes for kids. She performed with A Ludwig Co Dance Theatre in Phoenix and Contemporary DanceWORKS in Utah and in 1996 rejoined the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company as Director of Education. She will never forget teaching and per- forming for children in schools from Park Valley to Monument Valley, eating remarkable and unremarkable meals with the dancers in the ever-changing rural splendor that is Utah, and dancing the roles of the Shy Hag, Mr. On d’Moove, and Mama Eddy and narrating “Circle Cycle” and other children’s shows. Good times.
Gigi is now in retirement from the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Com- pany to have more time to dance with her grandchildren but still enjoys teaching children in schools, teaching workshops for teachers and