MDD's Virtual Salon Performance Series: Feb 3rd, 2022

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Mark DeGarmo Dance Continues its 2022 Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change, Featuring International, U.S., New York City Emerging, BIPOC Performing Artists on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7PM ET on Zoom: a sharing of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response curated and facilitated by dancer, choreographer, writer, researcher, and Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of MDD Dr. Mark DeGarmo.

Mark DeGarmo Dance continues its transcultural transdisciplinary Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change to an international audience on Zoom with performances featuring global performing artists from New York, San Francisco and Berlin, Germany -- Kashia Kancey (Brooklyn, NY), Anabella Lenzu (Brooklyn, NY), Sneha & Archana Patkar (San Francisco, CA), and Tsuki (Berlin, Germany) on Thursday, February 3rd at 7PM ET. Each performance is curated and includes audience response supported, encouraged, and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo.

Founded in 2010, MDD's Salon Performance Series for Social Change provides a curated opportunity to view, engage with, and demystify original dance and movement works-in-progress of selected guest artists. The 2020-21 season featured 263 artists/performers in 12 salons from 23 countries and 16 U.S. states held virtually on Zoom.

Mark DeGarmo Dance supports under-resourced and under-recognized dance and movement artists based in New York City, the U.S., and internationally. MDD’s immediate pivot to live virtual programming since March 2020 has led the fields of dance, performing arts, education, and nonprofit organizations from the beginning of the pandemic. MDD’s webinar on navigating live remote teaching with New York City public elementary schools and students for the National Dance Education Organization for 150 U.S. dance educators in June 2020 exemplifies its commitment to dance in all of its forms for all audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dancer/performer, choreographer, writer, and researcher Mark DeGarmo curates the series and supports and facilitates audience response as part of each salon. DeGarmo guides discourse among the artists and audience members and encourages the public to actively participate in the development of original works-in-progress and understanding of dance as an accessible transcultural transdisciplinary art form and an essential part of humankind’s cultural heritage.

About the Artists

Kashia Kancey, BFA Dance, New World School of the Arts is a Miami-born choreographer and performer. Kashia has performed in the Ailey Citigroup Theater and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and performs with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, and Adele Myers and Dancers.

Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and teacher with over 30 years of experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, and the US. Lenzu directs Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD), which since 2006 has presented 390 performances, created 14 choreographic works, and performed at 100 venues, presenting thought-provoking and historically conscious dance-theater in NYC.

Archana Patkar is a Kathak dancer and choreographer based in the Bay Area, California. She has received Kathak training from the renowned maestro, the late Pandit Chitresh Das and was a teacher at his institution. She has choreographed and performed works as part of various community events, dance productions, and conventions in the USA and India. Her choreographic works range from Kathak adaptations of stories in the great epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, to dances from the Nutcracker.

Sneha Patkar is a San Francisco-based Kathak dancer who performed her first traditional Kathak solo concert in 2015. She trained with the late Kathak teacher Pandit Chitresh Das and now studies in the Benares Gharana tradition with Kathak dancer Smt. Shambhavi Dandekar.

Tsuki trained in classical ballet from age five, graduating from Australian Ballet School in 2008. She has danced with companies and projects in Israel, Melbourne and Berlin from 2009-16. She is now a Berlin-based Ballet and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, and Performance Artist. She teaches Butoh weekly at Tanzfabrik and creates Full Moon Performance Rituals every month at various studios and community spaces in Berlin.

About Mark DeGarmo Dance

Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a leading New York nonprofit dance organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. MDD commits its resources to serving social justice, equity, and equality issues across multiple fronts through dance arts in NYC, the U.S., and internationally. MDD celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2022.

About Mark DeGarmo

Mark DeGarmo, PhD, BFA is a New York City-based dancer/performer, choreographer, writer, and researcher who hails from a rural New York State farming community. He is Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance. DanceTeacher Magazine highlighted DeGarmo’s accomplishments in its June 2017 cover feature article and the Martha Hill Dance Fund recognized his achievements with its 2015 Mid-Career Award.


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Mark DeGarmo Dance is a not-for-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, founded to enliven bodies, shift perspectives, and change lives. Our mission is to educate under-served NYC youth; create, perform and disseminate original dance and artistic work; and promote intercultural community through dance. 

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