Gil is regarded as one of the leading dance entrepreneurs in the world. Before his business ventures, Gil began his dance career at 12 years old when he performed the role of the Nutcracker Prince and toured Russia with the Kirov Student Ballet Company. From there, he immersed himself in tap dance and by age 16 he was cast in the hit Off-Broadway show Tap Dogs. Upon leaving the show at age 18, Gil created his own tap dance group and company, Break The Floor. Break The Floor performed in shows nationwide with the New York Times calling it "An explosion of energy!" and The New York Post has labeling it "A rock 'n' roll tap-dance spectacle!" Gil went on to choreograph and perform for the NBA at Madison Square Garden, for the internationally televised Goodwill Games (TBS), The Marian Anderson Awards (PBS), the Thanksgiving Day Parade (ABC), The Princess Grace Awards, and toured Europe as a soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Gil has appeared on numerous television programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Weekend Today, Live With Regis and Kathie Lee and the Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary Honors (PBS). He can be seen in commercials, industrials, magazine covers, and on Chris Rock's comedy album, Bigger and Blacker. Gil is also the face of Capezio tap shoes, gracing the cover of Capezio tap shoe boxes worldwide.
Following his dance career, Gil created Break The Floor Productions, LLC. Break The Floor Productions is one of the world's preeminent dance entertainment companies, encompassing touring theatrical productions, dance workshops, photo and video production, corporate events and apparel. With a broad range of business prospects and a reach of over 300,000+ dancers annually, Break The Floor Productions is largely responsible for the transformation of dance entertainment.
Break The Floor Productions produced its first tap workshop in 1999, in a small rehearsal studio with only 100 tap dancers. After two successful events, Gil collaborated with world-renowned choreographer Mia Michaels on a contemporary jazz event called Mia Live: The Work of Mia Michaels.
In 2003, Gil parlayed the success of these events into a nationwide touring production, JUMP. JUMP combined America's best choreographers to create a dance workshop with a live band, live singers, live video crew and multimedia set second to none. JUMP took off quickly, touring the country and garnering a loyal following quicker than any other dance convention had done in history. With a commitment to constant creativity and growth, JUMP boasts sold out shows on Broadway at The Hudson Theater, world-renowned rock n' roll venue Hammerstein Ballroom, the Gibson Ampitheatre in Los Angeles and most recently the six thousand-seat Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
After the success of JUMP, Break The Floor Productions collaborated with choreographer Dee Caspary on The Shoot. The first event of its kind, The Shoot was a pure dance music video shot on location at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The summer of 2004 brought the announcement of Break The Floor Production's partnership with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. These internationally recognized musicians would be the key component to a new tap show called SLIDE choreographed by tap star Mike Minery. SLIDE has since been showcased in many off-Broadway theaters including The Supper Club, New World Stages and The Variety Arts Theater.
The future of Break The Floor Productions is limitless. Already in the works are a magazine, an urban-athletic clothing line and a series of dance instructional videos. Gil and the Break The Floor team, as from the start, remain dedicated to forging the way for creative and unique dance entertainment.