Professor Emeritus John Gamble passed away on the evening of his 79th birthday.
Gamble was Professor and Head of the Department of Dance at UNCG from 1985 until 1993 where he developed the BFA and MFA degree programs. He retired from UNCG as Professor Emeritus in January 2012. Highlights from his UNCG career include a Senior Faculty Research Grant in 1990, a North Carolina Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship in 1991, being selected as a Pew Foundation Community Entrepreneur 1998–2000, receiving the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006, and the NC Dance Alliance Annual Award in 2007. He chaired UNCG’s Faculty Senate from 2010 to 2011. Prior to UNCG, John taught at Temple University (1975–1985) where he chaired the Department of Dance.
John studied at Cornell University, Union College, the New School for Social Research, and American University. John and deceased Professor Emerita Jan Van Dyke discovered modern dance in the midst of the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1963 and went on to found the Georgetown Workshop in Washington, DC, which produced the first significant series of concerts by local choreographers in the nation’s capital (1967–1970). John designed and built two small theatre venues in DC: the Georgetown Workshop and the Church Street Theatre near Dupont Circle. In 1991, John and Jan co-founded the North Carolina Dance Festival, which was largely modeled after the Georgetown Workshop project. John also co-founded the Greensboro Finge Festival, which presents theatre and dance form around the state in the Triad.
While no arrangements are currently scheduled, there may be an event to remember Gamble in the Coleman Dance Theatre in the future.