Gill Civil, a New Zealand composer now based on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada, has long been inspiring professional dancers and ballet students alike with her energy infused piano music. She has worked for major dance companies in Australasia and Canada and during the 80s was a full-time accompanist at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Before moving to Canada in 1990 Gill recorded and toured with several bands - including the renowned pop band Crowded House - she played keyboards on their 1986 Australian tour. Gill has also composed music for many different mediums including works for Australian and NZ dance companies, film and TV scores, as well as choral and orchestral pieces. Recently her song Isol, originally composed for her alternative band Marie and the Atom, has featured as the title music for a Television New Zealand series called The Good Word. A classically trained pianist, Gill is a prolific composer of solo piano music. Her "Dancing Keys 1,2 & 3" CDs have found an international audience with ballet and modern dancers as well as fans of New Age music. They have also become a favourite with the Royal Ballet Company in London, England. Gill accompanies ballet classes for Ballet BC, Simon Fraser University and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver.
Check out her latest updates on her website www.pianomusicforballet.com
Gill Civil has played for the following Dance Schools and Companies:
Limbs Dance Company
The New Zealand Ballet Company
Victorian College of the Arts
Australian Ballet School
National Theatre Ballet School
The Australian Ballet Company
The Sydney Dance Company
The Australian Dance Theatre
Ballet British Columbia
Karen Jamieson Dance Company
Judith Marcuse Dance Company
Simon Fraser University
Arts Umbrella (Vancouver)
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby)
"Gill Civil's Dancing Keys 1 & 2 CD music for class, is a great addition to anyone's collection for ballet class or warming up music before a performance. It sets you up perfectly for the day, either in the morning beginning your daily routine on a high note, ready for a long day of rehearsals ahead or for warming up the body and mind ready for that exceptional performance we all strive to achieve at that 'beginners call' I have been lucky enough to have these two CDs for a while now and I never tire of the expertise in Gill's phrasing per exercise or the strength of character in each musical interpretation. It's a joy to listen and dance to and a 'must have' for anyone looking for the ideal music to accompany ballet/dance class. I very much look forward to the release of Dancing Keys 3!"
Gary Avis, Character Principal Artist & Ballet Master with the Royal Ballet London
"Beautiful. This music is perfect for ballet class and comes from the heart."
Kathryn Morgan, soloist with the New York City Ballet