Interdisciplinary Dance Arts Program

Interdisciplinary Dance Arts 

Friday, November 18th - 8pm

Saturday, November 19th - 8pm

Marymount Manhattan College’s Interdisciplinary Dance Arts (IDA) 

Dedicated to the versatility of MMC Dance majors, the MMC Dance Department presents IDA: Interdisciplinary Dance Arts. This students-led showcase features choreography by students and guest artists, kinesthetic and scientific research, mixed media, and community engagement. The evening of original works celebrate dance as a process, a performance and a way of life.






Land Acknowledgment

We want to acknowledge the land that our institution is on - to recognize the violent history and legacy of the area currently known through colonial knowledge as the United States and known through Indigenous knowledge as Turtle Island. Marymount Manhattan College is situated on the Lenape island of Mannahatta in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland.

We pay respect to Lenape peoples, past, present, and future, and for their continued presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora. We offer care and gratitude to the land, water and air of Lenapehoking and are committed to resisting colonialism and imbalance with Mother Earth. In particular, through this land acknowledgement, and as a dance department, we reaffirm our commitment to working against colonialism. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to pay homage to our ancestors, no matter what culture you are from, for it is through them that we are here, living, moving and breathing to do our creative-pedagogical-scholarly work, i.e, shaping dance for the twenty-first century and hopefully showing how bodies in movement might bring about a future where we can see just and equitable treatment of everyone. 

Enjoy the show! 

I. Perspectives and Preservations

Perspectives on Preservation addresses the longevity of dance careers that are oftentimes cut short. Approached through medical, social, mental, physical and financial perspectives, a panel of interviews from dancers and people closely associated with the dance industry will help identify challenging areas of dance careers and ways in which the industry must change to be supportive.


Angelina Hahn (11/18)  &  Iris Parke (11/19)


Hailey Cooke, Angelina Hahn, Marissa Milan, Iris Parke, & Rebecca Picone


Tal Kamin, Tito Del Saz, Angelina Kwan, Tessa Slyz, & Suzanne Goldman



VI. Tensile Involvement (Lec-Dem/Excerpt)


Alyssa Seith she/her Emma Chandler she/her Elly Bohonyi she/her

Casey Quinlan she/her Kelly Dresner she/her Jaylyn Garcia she/her

Liv Hernandez she/her Grace Leedy she/her Natalia Arauz she/her Sonja Brendas she/her


Audrianna Neustel she/her



Alwin Nikolais



Alberto del Saz is the co-director of the Nikolais/Louis foundation for Dance and assistant to Mr. Louis. Mr. del Saz is a vital and important link in keeping the Nikolais-Louis repertory active and alive.

Mr. del Saz was born in Bilbao, Spain. At an early age he studied ice-skating, which later lead to his performing career. In 1980 Mr. del Saz became the Spanish National Champion in figure skating and soon made his debut with Holiday on Ice International. His early dance training was received at the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab from the great teachers of the technique: Hanya Holm, Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, Claudia Gitelman, Tandy Beal, Beverly Blossom and others.

In 1985 Mr. del Saz made his debut as a lead soloist with the Nikolais Dance Theater, later renamed the Murray Louis and Nikolais dance Company. As a member of this internationally acclaimed company he has toured to virtually every continent of the globe.

Mr. del Saz has appeared for President Reagan at the Kennedy Center Honors in a CBS telecast featuring the Nikolais Dance Theatre as well as on a PBS American Masters series in “Nik and Murray”, an award winning documentary film by Christian Blackwood. He has also represented the United States State Department on a tour of India, appeared at the Paris Opera Garnier in a Homage to Alwin Nikolais and at he Next Wave Festival with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company.

In 1990 he went to Japan where he appeared as a guest artist in “V”, a project by Mr. Ushio Amagatsu, artistic director of Sankai Juku. He has also performed at “Men Brazil”. Mr. del Saz has appeared as a solo artist in works by Hanya Holm, Maureen Fleming, Sara Pearson, Cleo Parker Robinson and others.

Mr. del Saz is the reconstruction director of the Nikolais/Louis repertory and has staged the repertory on university and professional dance companies around the world.

In 1997 he danced the role Rudolph Nureyev’s role in “Moments” a work created by Mr. Louis.

Mr. del Saz work has been funded by NYSCA in collaboration with Ice Theater of New York. His skating work has appeared on Ice-Wars, Grand Slam and the Professional World Championships televised on CBS, FOX and ABC networks as well as the official openings of Rockefeller and Bryant Park.

Mr. del Saz has been with the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for 37 years, at the moment his focus is in preserving the Nikolais/Louis technique, repertory and legacy through his teaching and directing.



II. The Art of Making Art (1)



Sydney Erwin, Ashlyn Stanley, Peyton Havens,

Emma Chandler and Kate Altman



III. Sprinting with Scissors


I. Galang (Trio Riot Version)

II. Bode

III. Hood


I - III. Vijay Iyer Trio


Kay Prescott she/her   Ellie Sexsmith she/her   Sophie Hutchinson she/her

Marie Pugliano she/her   Gaby Sanchez-Trueba she/her   Hattie Greene she/her

Bria Nance she/her   Francesca Petruccy she/her   Audrianna Neustel she/her 

Amaya Jorgensen she/her   Emily Smith she/her   Lily Bowman she/her



Jessica DiMauro Marks holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She has taught and choreographed works extensively for both pre-professional and professional dance companies in the greater NY area, as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. Her company, DiMauro Dance, has been selected to perform at numerous curated festivals including Dance Conversations at The Flea, WHITE WAVE’s WAVE RISING Series, COOL NY and DUMBO Dance Festivals, The T: Dance, Watch, Reflect, Greenspace Blooms, The HATCH presenting series, CT Meets NY, Queens Arts Express and New Dance Downtown. She is on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College and Montclair State University. Jessica currently has the pleasure of acting as Artistic Director for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, NY. In the summer of 2013, Ms. DiMauro Marks was proud to be among the first few students to be certified in May O’Donnell Technique. Jessica is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.




V. Expose; A Marymount Experience


Jasmine Williams, Iris Parke, Giselle Morales Lopez,

Destiny Cloud, Sophia Aste, & Lacey Greathouse



IV. Touch and Go

Touch and Go is a tactile based research project centered around the necessity, fear, and exaltation of physical contact between individuals. This project is based solely in research with no choreographed movement.


Grace Leedy and Caleigh Tyson

Sound Score

Grace Leedy


VII. The Art of Making Art (2)


Sydney Erwin, Ashlyn Stanley, Peyton Havens,

Emma Chandler, & Kate Altman


VIII. Just a Drop


I. When I’m in your Arms

II. Dare to Fly


I. Cleo Sol

II. Sampa the Great, Ecca Vandal

Original Poem

Kendra J.  Ross


Ava Koch  she/her Briona Bojorquez  she/her Dani Silver she/her 

Sara Pagliaro  she/her Low D’Agostino  she/her Lauren Olson  she/her 

Nova Persio  she/her Ashley Ogle  she/her Tatiana Borchetta she/her 

Caroline Riley she/her Margaux Nicolas  she/they   Emily Freeney  she/her



Kendra J. Ross is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, teaching artist, choreographer, arts administrator, facilitator, and community organizer in her current home, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

As a dancer in New York City, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/ Souloworks, Vissi Dance Theater, Monstah Black, MBDance, Moving Spirits Dance Company, Oyu Oro and Ase Dance Theater Collective. She also danced in a European tour with DJ Kid Koala in Vinyl Vaudeville 2.0. and as a featured dancer during the MTV Iggy Awards with Gyptian. Kendra is currently a company member of Movement of the People Dance Company.

Kendra’s choreographic work has been presented at the Detroit Performing Arts High School, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Halftime Performances at Florida A&M University, the off Broadway show 7 Sins, Museu de Arte in Salvador, Brazil, Actors Fund Theater, and Dixon Place. Kendra was a 2017 Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, a 2018 BAX Space Grantee, and a 2018 Visiting Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 2019/2020 Artist in Residence a Bates College. In 2020/2021 she was a Resident Artists of The Neighborhood Project through 651 Arts and a Brooklyn Arts Council “5 Blacks Artists to Know.” She is currently the 2022 BedStuy Create Change Artist in Residence with The Laundromat Project for her project the Sankofa Residency.

Her community work began as a member of Urban Bush Women’s B.O.L.D Network co-teaching dance workshops and co-facilitating community engagement workshops. Along with sharing her art world-wide, Kendra serves as the Founder and Director of STooPS, an outdoors-based community building event that uses art as a catalyst to strengthen ties between different entities in Bed-Stuy.


Chair of Dance

Nancy Lushington

Assit. Chair of Dance

Catherine Cabeen

Stage Manager

Sydney Erwin ’23

Production Support

Elias Colado ’25, Molly Ouret ’26, Rebecca Ryan ’23

Lighting Designer/Technical Designer

Burke Brown

Production Sound Designer

Dan Cooper

Costume Coordinator/Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Designer

Gabrielle Corrigan

Wardrobe Assistants

Erica Johnston & Allison Schmidt

House Manager/Dance Administrator

Kristine Maria Gonzalez, M.A. ’16

Running Crew

Madi Brice, Kjerstin Bartell, Mandi Loughran, Lily Mannion, Owen Lunsford,

Julia Sheker, Carly Shraga, Lillie Martin, Molly Ouret, Emily Roche, Dani Berman,

Mallory Dobbs, Kinsley Gagnon, Tanner Lea Hutchinson



The Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to those who have helped to make this production possible.

President Kerry Walk, Ph.D.

Graham Ciraulo, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Wilton Fontenette, Assistant Vice President of Advancement Operations

Kathleen LeBesco, Interim Vice President for Student Success and Engagement

Peter Naccarato, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Richard Sheldon, Associate Vice President for Academic Administration

Katie Langan, Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts


A special thanks to…

The MMC Dance Department Advisory Board

MMC Campus Safety & Facilities

The Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department Costume Collection is a compilation of costumes designed and built for the Dance Department and is made available to student choreographers and costumer designers. The work of several costume designers is represented, including; Tara Antonistanti, Jeanette Alutz Look, Anna-Alisa Belous, Tamara Bliss, Benjamin Briones, Elena Comendador,