Brian Gerke was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, where he received his foundational dance training at the University of Montana. Brian began performing professionally at age 19 when he joined Montana Transport Company. He later joined Headwater’s Dance Company the year of its inception and continued to perform and serve as rehearsal director for the company in the summer season for 10 years.
By 2005, Brian relocated to NYC and began dancing with Hilary Easton + Co., MayDance, Sondra Loring and Dancers, and at the Trisha Brown Dance school, where he was a scholarship student.
In 2007, Brian immigrated to Reykjavik to continue a burgeoning artistic collaboration with Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and eventually form their own dance company called “Steinunn and Brian.” From 2007 to 2012, “Steinunn and Brian” created 6 original works that they performed in over 50 theater spaces throughout Europe and North America, spanning over ten countries.
Brian has served as the director of the Contemporary Dance Department at the National Ballet Academy of Iceland, as a guest professor at Iceland Arts University and the National Jazz School (JSB), and as a teacher at Kramhusid Community World Dance Center in Reykjavik.
Brian joined the Iceland Dance Company in the autumn of 2012 and became a featured and award-winning soloist throughout his tenure there until 2015. He is the first American dancer to be bestowed with the Icelandic Griman award for Dance Performer of the Year since its inception in 2003.
Brian’s work has been commissioned by Universities and professional dance companies in the US and abroad such as the University of Montana, California State University San Marcos, The National Ballet Academy of Iceland, Iceland Dance Company, Headwaters Dance Company, Mo-Trans Dance Company, and more.
Brian holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Utah and is a Certified Laban Barteneiff Movement Analyst.