Gerri Houlihan began her professional training at the Juilliard School in New York studying with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company, and spent five years as a soloist "with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company touring extensively in the United States and Europe. Since 1977, Ms. Houlihan has taught and choreographed for such institutions as Connecticut College, New York’s High School for the Performing Arts, the American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, the Harvard Summer Dance Center, Companhia de Lisboa in Portugal, Meredith College and Florida State University. From 1984-1987, she directed her own school and company- the Boston Dance Project. She was one of five finalists in the Boston Ballet's First International Choreography Competition.
From 1988-1999, Ms. Houlihan was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. During that time, she was also the Artistic Director of Houlihan and Dancers. She has received two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in Dance / Choreography. Ms. Houlihan began teaching for the American Dance Festival in 1981. As an international representative for the festival, she has taught in Korea, Poland, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, the Philippines, Moscow and most recently, China.