Raising the Barre: Andrea Miller

The rapid ascension of Gallim Dance’s choreographer.

Gallim Dance is only seven years old, yet the modern company already has the financial stability and artistic reputation more common to large, established dance troupes, thanks to a major sponsorship from First Republic Bank. “I have a little entrepreneur in me,” says its founder and choreographer, Andrea Miller, 31. An executive director and a small board followed, freeing her to do what she does best. In December, Gallim performs Miller’s Wonderland—“a little drama,” she says, “that jumps between hilarious and tragic”—at the storied Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. Miller’s physically demanding dances exude a tangibly primal energy. “My passion to create doesn’t come from looking at the outside world and seeing what there is or isn’t,” she says. “Dance is something that I can’t help.” Wonderland runs December 4–7; 1 Place de Trocadéro; theatre-chaillot.fr.