Jake Tribus

2022 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: Gibney Company


Jake Tribus is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, with a BFA in Dance with a focus on Philanthropy and Arts Administration. Currently, Jake is an Artistic Associate dancing with Gibney in New York City. Jake grew up training at CC and Company Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina, under the direction of Christy Curtis; he also trained as an apprentice at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida, under the direction of Peter Stark. 


Some of Jake’s past training includes intensives with: Netherlands Dance Theater, Batsheva Gaga Technique, The Juilliard School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Additionally, he has performed repertoire from: William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Jîrí Kylián, Paul Taylor, Victor Quijada, Aszure Barton, and Dwight Rhoden. Jake has also performed in pieces choreographed by: Travis Wall, Tessandra Chavez, Sonya Tayeh, Martha Nichols, Mandy Moore, Jason Parsons, Lauren Adams, and Jess Hendricks. 


Jake’s stage performances include: Travis Wall’s Hollow Suit, Kirsten Russell’s Fell Only Once, “Newsies” tribute at the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, Capezio’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, featured contemporary soloist at Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow (Youth America Grand Prix Gala), a duet with Travis Wall at the 2017 Emmy Awards, and a world premiere duet choreographed by Sonya Tayeh at the 2018 Gala De Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico. He has worked with artists, including Janet Jackson at a North Carolina performance and Lorde in her Melodrama World Tour. Jake has performed on stages including The Joyce Theatre (with the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance), The Shed (with A Quiet Evening of Dance by William Forsythe), and the Kampnagel International Summer Festival (premiering Where There’s Form by Aszure Barton).  


Screen performances of Jake’s include: The Late Late Show with James Corden, the Dirty Dancing television remake, the Discover Los Angeles commercial for the LA Tourism and Convention Board, Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do music video, and the Backstreet Boys’ Chances music video. During his time at USC Kaufman, Jake directed his own conceptual dance video titled Love to Change, collaborating with and utilizing the skills of film students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  


Jake has begun gathering apprenticeship experience throughout his career, working with choreographers worldwide to expand his knowledge of movement ideologies, interdisciplinary performance-making, and choreographic practices. While in high school, Jake apprenticed with Travis Wall’s company Shaping Sound as they created their first touring show. In 2018, Jake worked with choreographer Jirí Pokorny at his annual Pioneer Project, learning skills about lighting and set design in relationship to choreography. Jake continues to explore his passion for philanthropy, production, creation, and leadership through dance.