SABEL GOTZKOWSKY (Artistic Director and Choreographer of Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends) was born and raised in Germany and holds a degree in movement science from Gymnastik Seminar Loheland in Fulda, Germany. Since coming to New York City in 1988, she has been privileged to study on scholarship at Dance Space Center and with Jennifer Muller/The Works. Under the guidance of Lynn Simonson and Jennifer Muller she has earned teaching certificates in both the Simonson Jazz Technique (1991) and the Muller Technique (1996).
Isabel has had the pleasure of working with a variety of choreographers, including Young Soon Kim, Henning Rübsam, Laurie DeVito, Stefa Zawerucha, Howard Katz Fireheart, Fiona Marcotty and Jennifer Muller/The Works.
In 1994, Isabel created her first piece and has since developed a diverse body of work. Her choreography has been featured in numerous venues in New York City, including the Workhouse Theater, the Evolving Arts Theater, the Mulberry Street Theater, Soundance, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, The Dance Now Festival, New Dance Group Arts Center, the D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival, the Battery Dance Festival and the remember project at Danspace Project.
Outside of New York, Isabel has presented her work nationally as well as internationally in Canada, France, Germany, Kenya, Poland and Switzerland. She has also been awarded several commissions from schools and dance programs in Switzerland, Germany and the New York area.
In addition to dance performance, Isabel is actively involved in dance education. She has served on the faculty of Dance Space Center in New York City since 1994, at Danceloft in Rorschach, Switzerland since 1996, Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, since 1997, the 92nd Street Y in 1997 and Dance Forum in 2000 and 2002. She also guest teaches Muller Technique at the Muller Studio in New York City and has conducted workshops and master classes in connection with her touring.
She founded Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends in 1998 and with the company has produced three New York City seasons and toured Canada and Mexico.