Gaby Allard trained as a classical dancer at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Upon graduation Gaby worked for fifteen seasons with the contemporary dance company Dance Works Rotterdam, first as a dancer, later assistant artistic director and in various other functions. After her dance career, Gaby worked for three years as coordinator of the Masters of Arts programme in choreography at Dance Unlimited, Codarts Rotterdam. Gaby has been the Director of the ArtEZ School of Dance since 2006. She is currently a board member of the Faculty of Theatre and Dance at ArtEZ. In recent years Gaby has been conducting research on dance, both in the professional field and in dance education. These projects include being the principal investigator for the 3-year research project Move(me)nt!, the development of periodisation in dance education in collaboration with Matt Wyon, Wolverhampton University United Kingdom. She is also a member of the research group ‘Unpacking Performativity’ as part of the lectureship, Theory in the Arts, ArtEZ. In 2002 Gaby was awarded the prize of merit by the Dansersfonds ’79 Foundation for her versatile contribution to dance.