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Work/Life: Dance Alum Kyle Marshall

Work/Life: Dance Alum Kyle Marshall

Photo Credit: Steven Speliotis By Risa Barisch “The daily rigor of dancing teaches me to work with or without the spark of inspiration. The process of art making is a cyclical exchange of energy. It is only by doing that something happens.” – dance...

Episode 15: Johsian Martinez (Dance)

Episode 15: Johsian Martinez (Dance)

Johsian Martinez, a Mason Gross BFA/EdM Dance Education student, started performing as a child in the Pentecostal Church. His experiences at a performing-arts charter school, with teachers who accepted him as he was—a gay kid who loved to move and make dances—made all the difference and informed his own choice to become an educator.

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...

Taking the leap: Art student Aaron Lewis transfers to dance

Taking the leap: Art student Aaron Lewis transfers to dance

Art & design student Aaron Lewis had zero dance training— but he chose to transfer to the dance program anyway. On Lewis’s second try, he made it. Why did you start out in visual arts? I remember falling in love with being in the darkroom and developing...

Teacher and alum Aaron Ramos tackles social justice through dance

Teacher and alum Aaron Ramos tackles social justice through dance

Dance alumnus Aaron Ramos, center, with some of his young students. Ramos says he believes part of his job is to help his students to ”respect each other and each other’s struggles and stories.“ As a dance teacher, Aaron Ramos doesn’t allow himself to get too...