Dance Alumni Shaq Charles ’21 and Sara Haarmann ’12 perform in Mark Morris’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato”

  • Shaq Charles 21’
  • Sarah Haarmann 12’
    Beowulf Sheehan
  • Shaq Charles 21’ performing in “L’Allegro”
  • Mark Morris Dance Group
Marymount dance alumni Shaq Charles ’21 and Sara Haarmann ’12 perform in Mark Morris’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.”


Shaq Charles ’21, originally from Guyana and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated with a BFA in Dance with a concentration in ballet. During his time at MMC he was a member of the MMC Dance Company. His performance credits include lead roles in the Chattanooga Ballet nutcracker and a solo performance at La Biennale di Venezia dance festival.

Sarah Haarmann ’12 grew up in Macungie, Pennsylvania, and received training at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts under the direction of Kimberly Maniscalco. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A in dance from MMC. Haarmann has had the pleasure of performing with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Jessica Lang Dance, Dylan Crossman Dans(ce), Pat Catterson, Denisa Musilova, and Bill Young. She joined MMDG as a company member in 2017.The performance took place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music March 24 - 27, 2022. The dance performed was “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” a two-act work inspired by two poems: “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso”. The New York Times reviewed the performance and included a stunning picture of Shaq and a beautiful statement on Sara:

“And Sarah Haarmann, in her “L’Allegro” debut, was stunning from the moment she stepped onstage. She moves as if she were made of air. In the “Sweet Bird” section, Haarmann, with fluttering feet and trembling fingers, was almost angelic while gliding through passages of choreography. Without rushing or blurring gestures, she allowed fragments of movement to trail behind her - through her limbs, her head, her neck - even when she was onto the next step. She was effortless, almost as if she was dreaming of dancing.”

Read the New York Times article.