Abdiel Jacobsen, a native of Côte d'Ivoire, is a Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in NYC performing many lead roles of Martha Graham's repertoire worldwide. He has also performed various original contemporary works by the renowned Nacho Duato, Robert Wilson, Sonya Tayeh, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lar Lubovitch, Luca Veggetti, Andonis Foniadakis, Michelle Dorrance, Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, and others. He is also been a featured guest artist with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company and the Buglisi Dance Theater and was featured for the GNC "Respect Yourself" national ad campaign. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from the University the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and is a Professional Champion Ballroom and Latin/Rhythm dancer and a certified instructor. This year Abdiel was appointed as a Fulbright Specialist under the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning.