Founder - Artistic Director

Choreographer and Youth Dance Instructor Gentry Isaiah George founded ZEST Collective November 02, 2013.  

Also a Pilates Instructor, and former Dance Artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and  Ailey II, George graduated from the Juilliard School in 2012.  Gentry is an Associate Artist at New York Live Arts, and currently teaches Ballet and Composition at Dance Project of Washington Heights, Harlem Children's Zone, Spoke The Hub, and USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts.

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.”

In February 2015, George's company debuted an installation performance - 'A Matter Of Heart' with visual artist Brian Michael Reed, accompanied live by electronic performance duo Pax Humana at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory.

Gentry has created work on The Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA and has choreographed two ballets on the Peter London Global Dance Company: the most recent of which premiered in December 2015 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

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, The Wassaic Project, 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.

 Photo by Bob Church

Photo by Bob Church