Marsha Parrilla (AfroTaíno)
Founding Artistic Director- Lead Choreographer
Marsha produces the annual festival: We Create!, a festival devoted to promote the work of self-identified women, and non gender conforming artists. She devotes her life to her family, her company, and social justice work.
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Puerto Rican artist, Victoria Sagardía accomplished a Bachelor of Arts at Emerson College. She is ballet trained, and also trained with CoDa 21 in Puerto Rico. Her newest passion is Capoeira, and she trains with Sinha Capoeira. Victoria is thrilled to be dancing with Danza Orgánica.
Etienne is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he began his training at La escuela Julian Blanco and Ballet Concierto. He graduated from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, with a Masters in choreography & performing arts. Hernandez performed throughout Spain with El Joven Ballet de Cámara de Madrid for 5 years. He was also a member of Ballet Brio in P.R, and has presented dance works internationally. Presently he teaches in Boston and around the north shore area and is delighted to be a member of Danza Orgánica.
Dey is an architect, interdisciplinary artist, performance artist, and educator. She designs and directs workshops with AgitArte, a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic and popular education projects in marginalized communities. Dey is also a puppeteer of the Puerto Rico-based radical workers’ theater collective, Papel Machete. Her work and performances most recently have been exhibited at the Mills Gallery of the Boston Center for the Arts, and Loisaida Center in New York City. She is currently the art director and curator of When We Fight, We Win!.
Beginning as a martial artist, Earnest studied various systems of Far Eastern and European Martial Arts for 13 years. His exploration of movement led him to classical ballet training at Ballet Austin, Columbia City Ballet, and The Ballet Arts Academy. He was an apprentice company member with the Columbia City Ballet, and also performed as a principal dancer with Austin City Ballet, Austin Dance Ensemble, and as guest artist with Ballet Spartanburg and the Dance Department at Palomar College. Earnest is currently enjoying his practices as a licensed Manual Therapist/Bodyworker, and capoeirista with SINHA’ Capoeira.
Claudia E. Varela
Claudia was born and raised in Reynosa, Mexico, where she danced with Academia de Danza La Scala and Casa de la Cultura de Reynosa. She graduated Cum Laude from UC San Diego with a Dance B.A. and a Bioengineering B.S. Varela believes that dance is a powerful way to protest and advocate for social justice, and in her choreographic work, she has explored issues such as, the drug violence affecting her hometown and the disappearing of 43 students in Ayotzinapa. Currently, Claudia is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and is thrilled to have the opportunity to dance with Danza Orgánica.
Amanda Ng Yann Chwen 黄晏淳
We Create Production Intern, DO Movement Apprentice
Amanda is a queer Malaysian artist, dancer and storyteller currently based in Boston. Amanda is deeply interested in spaces where the arts and activism live together. Through movement, choreography, performance, cartoons, illustrations, film, facilitation and more, they are working towards a softer, more honest and just world. As a dancer, they have trained through institutional and community-based settings in Boston and Cambridge, MA. Amanda attended dance intensives including the American Dance Festival in NC, Lion’s Jaw Festival in MA and the Pilobolus Dance Theater Summer Workshop in CT, all as a scholarship recipient. Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia, Amanda moved to the United States for college by way of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. They graduated with a B.A. from Tufts University with majors in American Studies and Education, and minors in Dance and Colonialism Studies.
Reina Kato Lansigan
(currently in leave of absence)
Born and raised just outside of Tokyo, Japan, Reina came to the U.S. as a transfer student in college and stumbled upon dance. As a former psychotherapist and certified JourneyDance™ teacher, she is particularly interested in dance as a medium for personal healing, spiritual awakening, and social change. Reina graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from New York University and holds an M.S.S.W. from Columbia University. She currently works with epidemiological and psychological research teams at Dartmouth College. Reina is thrilled to be a member of Danza Orgánica.
Colombian pianist and composer Ricardo Gallo completed his undergraduate with honors at the University of North Texas and holds a Masters and PhD in music composition from Stony Brook University. He has published eight albums as a leader or co-leader. Gallo has received commissions from Colombia National Symphony Orchestra and Big Band Bogotá. He has been funded for tours and residencies from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, The Banff Centre and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec in Canada. Gallo maintains a strong connection with Bogotá's music scene, and is currently based in New York City.
Shane Shanahan has been
touring around the globe with Grammy award winner Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble since 2000. He has performed and/or
recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Alison
Krauss, Deep Purple, Jordi Savall, Sonny Fortune, Chaka Khan, and Glen Velez,
“By the time he finished in a virtuosic jester’s dance, limbs flying as he whirled back and forth between doumbek, cymbals and body parts, the audience roared with delight.”
The New York Times
A graduate from Trinity College, Ella Wechsler-Matthaei has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Fine Arts in Theater and Dance and was awarded Trinity’s second prize of The Diebold Family Prize in Dance in May 2014. Ella, trained in the Trinity La MaMa Performing Arts Program and studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago where she trained with the Marcia Charles Dance Theatre Company and performed in the International Soca Monarch carnival event for Benjai.
Zimbabwean artist U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, is a collaborating artist with Danza Organicá's Running in Stillness. Her newest artistic contribution to the community comes in the form of a poetry book called: Soul Psalms. You can learn more about her work by clicking here.
Tyhgita Céspedes is a dancer, choreographer and fine arts educator who focuses on hip hop and jazz funk. Tyh taught dance and drama after school and summer programs with the North Shore YMCA school aged program in 2015. She choreographed for the original play performed at Edinburgh International Fringe Festival 2012: After Orpheus, and danced in Thee Slap Bracelets dance crew, which won 1st place at Prelude New England in 2011.
Terina Jasmin- Alladin
Amy M. Burns