Marina Magalhaes


November 14, 2016 to November 15, 2016

As a choreographer, performer, and teacher, I strive to engage people in a way that moves them in every sense of the word

Marina Magalhães Master Classes:

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Decolonizing the Body, Monday, Nov. 14 during the Intermediate Modern Dance class in the Ark Dance studio 1:25 – 2:55pm 

Workshop for intermediate/advanced dancers of any style. This is a dance class and choreography laboratory based on the belief that decolonization is a futuristic process of reclaiming and reinventing tradition. This workshop utilizes five elements of african diasporic dance practices - intimacy with the ground, mobile spine, playful improvisation, dynamic (off) balance, and circularity in the body & in space - to reimagine a generative and contemporary movement practice.

Embodied Connection & Reflection, Tuesday, Nov. 15 during the African Tech I class in the Hull Studio on Tuesday, 4:40-6:10pm.

This is workshop meant to introduce movers of all levels to facilitation tools for embodied dialogue (for this I draw greatly from the Brain Dance methodology, a research pioneered by Anne Green Gilbert). 

Marina Magalhães is a seasoned dancer, teacher, and award-winning choreographer from Brazil, based in Los Angeles. Hailing from UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, Magalhães has performed with Victoria Marks, Maria Bauman, Vera Passos, Viver Brasil, In/Ex Dance Project, Soul Lab Dance Project (which she co-founded in 2010 and co-directed until 2013), and CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater (as a touring company member and Assistant Artistic Director). In 2013 she received the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography, and in 2014 debuted her critically acclaimed work, (UN)BRIDALED, hailed as "the type of show that keeps concert dance relevant in our lives" by LA Dance Review and most recently set on a Johannesburg-based cast for the Human Rights & Social Justice Theater Festival at Wits University in South Africa. To read more about Marina's research on dance & decolonization, read her blog post "You Dance Good For A White Girl: Musings on Race, (De)Colonization, and Belonging from a Light-Skinned Latina" and visit her website at