Michaela Pickett

Francisco Gella is more than a dance teacher and dance maker; he is an educator, a motivator, an inspirer, a visionary, and above all, an artist. Having had the opportunity to work alongside Francisco on multiple occasions, I can firmly state his creative process is nothing short of awe-inspiring. He draws from all capacities of life—nature, architecture, other art forms, you name it. As an individual, he is awake and present and open to life, and translates all the beauty he absorbs directly into his work, making it a true testament to not only the beauty within him, but also, the beauty within the world. And moreover, Francisco is just as inspiring as he is inspired. He consistently seeks to share a piece of his heart and mind with all the students he has the pleasure of working with, which in turn, breathes even more life into the body of his work. Without fail, every time I am given the opportunity to work alongside Francisco, my senses are re-awakened and I walk away stimulated and ready to take on the world with passion and fervor.

Michaela Pickett
Professional Dancer and Teacher
Los Angeles, CA