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March 7th, 2019

Mark DeGarmo

“As an artist and scholar, my work investigates embodied imagination, improvisational composition, and nonverbal/non-discursive ways of knowing. My transcultural transdisciplinary work examines the body as a medium to communicate.”

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance, Mark DeGarmo, Ph.D. is an award-winning, internationally recognized choreographer, performer, and educator with a passion for intercultural community-building. Over the past 30 years, DeGarmo has produced more than 100 dances and 30 international tours promoting cultural diplomacy and exchange in 12 countries across Latin America, Europe and Russia.

April 4th, 2019

Kiran Rajagopalan

Kiran Rajagopalan is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator based in New Jersey. Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. Kiran graduated with a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish from Boston University in 2008, an M.A. (honors) in Bharatanatyam from University of Madras in 2010, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2015. Kiran also regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on neuroscience, Indian classical dance, and performance studies.

He is the co-founder and artistic director of Daya Arts, which aims to bridge diasporic communities through original, high-quality artistic productions. Although focused on visual and performing arts rooted in South India and West Africa, Daya Arts also actively participates in initiatives that engage with other communities of color.

Antonio Ramos

Antonio Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he trained in jazz, salsa and African dance. He later received a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Antonio began his career performing with Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Concierto and Ballet Municipal (PR).

His choreography has been produced at Hostos College, The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, SUNY Purchase, BAAD!, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, Joe’s Pub, Danspace Project, Lexington Center for the Arts NY, DanceNow Downtown, Princeton University, Movement Research, BAX, Galapagos Art and Performance Space, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Fringe Festival 2000 at Theatre La Chappelle, The Painted Bride, Cornell University and CPR.

May 2nd, 2019

Gina Bonati

Gina Bonati is a dancer, director/choreographer, singer, pianist, sound artist, painter, designer, teacher, librettist, screen and stage writer, and poet. She’s holds two graduate degrees from Mills College, one in Music and the other in Dance. She holds a BFA in Dance from Juilliard. She has made large scores for many and small solos for self. As it is so very expensive, and she is out of school, she is again composing solos. This one is a small study in germ form centered around the dancer’s hand and surrounded by birds at Pere Lachaise in collage with dialogue of Louis Malle’s Le Feu Follet, and the piano music of Erik Satie….all hacked off Youtube and mixed in free software.

Ara Fitzgerald

Ara Fitzgerald is the granddaughter of a vaudevillian leader of an all girl jazz band creates dance/theatre as a choreographer, writer, improviser and performer.

An early explorer of choreography with original text, current repertory includes: Watch The Bullies Dance; Slow Dancing Is Easy; Heavenly Display, Everything I Know About Astrology(A Very Short Dance); On Looking Back (Eurydice’s point of view), Words for Music Perhaps(poetry of WB Yeats, created with composer Wall Matthews), Pilgrimage(created with Clare Byrne), Life of a Flower and Conversations With An Ant-historicreconstructions of works by Lotte Goslar.In addition to her own company, Ara was a member of Daniel Nagrin’s, The Workgroup and The Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble.  She has choreographed on and off Broadway and taught at Connecticut College, The National Theatre Institute, Trinity Square Conservatory, and served as a Director of Dance and Theatre at Manhattanville College.

June 6th, 2019

Callie Hatchett

Callie Hatchett is a New York City based dance artist. She grew up in Alabama studying Vaganova based ballet under the direction of Meryane Martin Murphy. From her first pirouette, she was hooked. She continued her study of ballet, as well as other dance forms, and found her professional performing and choreographic career in the modern dance world. Callie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from The University of Alabama, a Masters of Fine Arts degree
in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters of Science degree in Education and Special Education from Touro College. She is a certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Certification Center. Callie currently teaches ballet for Chrystie Street Ballet Academy and BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. She is also a teaching artist for New York City Ballet and Mark DeGarmo Dance.

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