Gerard Reyes is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and event organizer working at the frontiers of dance, video, fashion, music and social activism. Gerard’s work seeks both to draw mainstream attention to the underrepresented and to promote pleasure, social inclusion and individual agency. He has presented his pieces in theatres, galleries and night clubs throughout Europe and North America and as online videos. Gerard's first solo work, The Principle of Pleasure, uses stripping and voguing to explore the opportunities for shared pleasure in dismantling social conventions.
As a dancer, Gerard has worked with internationally-renowned choreographers including including Jérôme Bel, Benoît Lachambre, Luther Brown and Marie Chouinard.
In 2013, Gerard was awarded a joint grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to fund an artistic residency in New York City during which he studied with legendary voguers including Archie Burnett, Javier and Benny Ninja, Danielle Polanco and Amazon Leiomy. Since this residency voguing has become a central part of Gerard's dance practice. In 2017 Gerard established a ballroom scene in Montreal for LGBTQ+ youth through teaching weekly vogue classes and organizing kiki balls.
He is dedicated to teaching vogue to dancers and non-dancers because he believes in its unique potential to empower everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation and dance proficiency. Gerard teaches weekly vogue classes when at home in Montreal and gives workshops internationally. Check out his upcoming classes and tour schedule.