Percussionist keeps the beat for MGSA dancers

Percussionist and Dance Department Music Coordinator (MGSA alum, DMA 2016) Mesia Austin serves as an accompanist, providing improvised music, on the spot, for MGSA Modern Dance Technique classes. In some ways, Austin must function as a musical chameleon. “We could play for to six or seven different instructors per week,” Austin says. “The instructor’s movement, goals for the class, and background dictates the style we should pull from.”

LISA JO SAGOLLA is an arts educator, consultant, critic, choreographer, and historian, whose research interests revolve around the making, history, and teaching of integrated arts genres, such as the Broadway musical, physical theatre, and various forms of American popular culture and entertainment.


Cristina Marte is a dance educator, dancer, choreographer, arts administrator and dance advocate. Her passion for pursuing dance as a career developed during her training at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program. She then seriously continued her dance training and received her B.F.A. from Montclair State University in Dance. Post college graduation, she performed with NYC-based dance companies such as Underground Dance Project and Phoenix Rising while continuing to train with dance masters throughout the city.

Ananya Dance Theatre to perform, offer public workshops

Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT), a contemporary Indian company of women of color committed to the interchange between art and social justice, is set to perform and offer multiple free public workshops here on campus, January 29 through February 2, 2019. All events take place at Loree Dance Theater.

Ani Javian is a movement artist and educator. As a teacher, she has held positions at Ohio University, Denison University, and The Ohio State University. She has also taught master classes around the country at numerous universities and studios including Santa Barbara Dance Theater (Santa Barbara, California), AS220 (Providence, Rhode Island), OhioDance Festival (Columbus, Ohio), and Dance Factory (Bangkok, Thailand).