About Abigail Gerdes

Abigail Gerdes is currently a Senior at Indiana University and is studying Contemporary Dance and Pre-Recreational Therapy. She was born and raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin where she began her love and passion for dance at the young age of three. She has been trained in a variety of styles, including tap, jazz, ballet/pointe, modern, contemporary, and hip hop through her home studio, Midwest Performing Arts, in Waunakee, Wisconsin. While at MPA, Abigail performed with their Youth Performance Group as well as their seasonal Nutcracker performance under the direction of Meghan McDermott. Recently, she has made an appearance in Bodies in Bold, Sounding Bodies, SLIP Showcase, Earthward, and New Moves, where she performed in multiple choreographic works under a variety of artists. Since being at IU, she has worked alongside a number of choreographers such as Elizabeth Shea, Erik Abbott-Main, Stafford C. Berry, Cameron McKinney, Katie Mayfield, Evelyn Wang, Robert Burden, and Dr. Prathiba Natesan Batley. Sophomore year, she co-choreographed a piece, “Unbind”, in the SLIP Showcase, and the following year, choreographed a piece in the Junior Performance Project, “Lights Off”. Abigail enjoys choreographing and teaching in her free time and always looks forward to working with students. Over the summer, she received training to instruct Dance for Parkinson’s classes and is also planning on pursuing a Pilates Certification in the spring. She hopes to dance with a repertoire company post graduation and also hopes to work as a Recreational Therapist who focuses on impact and benefits of movement as a therapeutic practice.

Recent Credits

Journeys of Joy

IU Theatre — Dancer

New Moves/New Directions

IU Contemporary Dance Theatre — Dancer


IU Theatre — Dancer