Kim Gibilisco, MFA, MA, NCPT, RYT®

Kim Gibilisco Polestar Educator of Pilates training

Kim is an experienced movement educator with a robust performing, choreographic, and teaching career that has taken her all over the world.

Since 2000, Kim has maintained a private Pilates practice specializing in cross-training dancers and working with her husband, Bob Turner, on pre and post-surgical cases. Their company, Movement CoLab, is the culmination of many years of collaborative work, which blends their respective areas of expertise in movement and rehabilitation through a creative lens for each individual client. Their approach is focused on delivering clients back to their fullest movement potentials with lasting results.

Kim’s workshops have brought her to teaching on platforms such as the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Conferences, Balanced Body® presents Pilates on Tour®, International Association for Dance Medicine Science (IADMS), SPRINGS – Köln, Polestar Pilates Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), Danceworks-Berlin and Polestar Pilates Asia (Bali and Japan).

Kim teaches modern dance technique in the Nikolais/Louis Tradition, which focuses on developing the performance quality and unique artistic voice of each student. She has taught modern dance technique, choreography, improvisation, repertoire, and directed student touring companies at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Shenandoah Conservatory, Nikolais/Louis Summer Dance Intensives, and the Paul Taylor Dance Intensives. She is responsible for the curriculum design and implementation of the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program at Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University, where she directed the program for from 2013-2017. The launch of this program marked the first 450-hour Pilates Teacher Training Program to be offered at the university level in the USA. The Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program at Rutgers University is the first and only teacher training program to use the Pilates Method Alliance Board Examination as its exit exam.

Kim began her professional performance career when she was invited by Mr. Louis to join Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance. She has traveled internationally as a principal dancer in the reconstructed works of Mr. Nikolais and originated roles in the works of Mr. Louis. As a free-lance artist, she has performed with various choreographers in NYC including Douglas Dunn, Lorn MacDougal, Tamieka McCloud, and Kathleen Dyer. Her performances have received critical acclaim from the New York Press. The New York Times dubbed Ms. Gibilisco “a firecracker of a dancer.” The Village Voice noted that Gibilisco is “Louis’ most accomplished dancer.”

In 2008, Kim launched her dance company, Kim Gibilisco Dances, at the Merce Cunningham Studio in NYC. Her choreography has been presented at several venues in NYC including the 92nd Street Y, Downtown Arts Festival, DUMBO Arts Festival, and Joyce SoHo; regionally at the Maryland Choreographer’s Showcase, Dance Place, the RE:Vision series produced by Forward Motion Theater, and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her work has been reviewed as, “startling and innovative, riveting to watch.”

She has served as a model for Pilates articles and has also written several articles for and Pilates Style Magazine. Kim has been featured in and interviewed for Dance Spirit Magazine and Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques by author, Joshua Legg.

In addition to her private practice, Kim is a Polestar Senior Educator, curriculum writer, and workshop presenter. Kim strives to develop workshops that bridge the gap between health care professionals and Pilates professionals, in an effort to offer clients integrated movement experiences. With Bob, she develops courses, to offer unique teaching and movement strategies for challenging case studies and pathologies.

Kim holds a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, a MA from NYU-Steinhardt School, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She became a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) in 2005. In August 2017, Kim completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification at the Laughing Lotus Yoga School in New York City, where she began her studies in 2005.

Kim has been proudly serving the Pilates community for many years through her work for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). She was the Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Certification Commission for six years. She has served on the Item Writing and Item Review Committees. She served on the 2016 PMA Teacher Training Summit Taskforce. Kim served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2016-2020 and was the Co-chair for the Art of Overcoming Pain, 2018 Pre-conference event.

Kim had the great honor of being mentored by two legendary American Modern Artists, Murray Louis (dancer/choreographer/educator/author, b. 1926 – d. 2016) and Tom Caravaglia (photographer/educator, b. 1928 – d. 2014). She takes great pride in perpetuating their legacy through her service work. She is deeply invested in mentoring and sponsoring young professional dance artists and Pilateros in honor of Mr. Louis and Mr. Caravaglia.

Kim and Bob also offer pro bono services to Shen Wei Dance Arts.