Founder - Artistic Director


Choreographer and Contemporary Dance Instructor Gentry Isaiah George is a former company member with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ailey II, and Collage Dance Collective. In 2013, the year George founded ZEST Collective Dance, the NY Post heralded him as one of “3 Men to watch in Ballet.” 




The foundation

Artistic Director Gentry Isaiah 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 went on to study with Daniel Lewis before graduating from New World School of the Arts.  Gentry would also train 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.”



New York

The JOurney

Choreographer and contemporary dance instructor Gentry Isaiah George founded ZEST Collective Dance November 02, 2013.  

Also a former Dance Artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ailey II, Lustig Dance Theatre, Collage Dance Collective, and Malcolm Low’s Formal Structure, George graduated from the Juilliard School in 2012.  Gentry is an Associate Artist at New York Live Arts, and currently teaches Ballet and Dance Lab / Composition at USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts.

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, 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.