Mark Caserta, from Philadelphia, graduated from the University of the Arts School of Dance with a BFA in 2010. He danced professionally with international touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet (2010-2014), Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal (2014-2016) and Camille A. Brown & Dancers (2017-2018) since then. Mark has been awarded the Philadelphia Rocky Award for Outstanding Dance Performance, The Patrick Swayze Scholarship from Complexions Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet Choreography Award. Mark was a 2018 Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal and premiered his first full evening length work ‘BIG KID’ at Gibney NY POP Performance Series in February 2019. Mark was commissioned to set new works on Pennsylvania Ballet II, Grace Dance Theater, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Kit Modus and Whim W’him Contemporary Dance Seattle for 2020, which has been pushed to 2021 due to the pandemic. Mark was named the 2019/2020 EMERGE Award Recipient with Gibney Company & Springboard Danse Montreal. With this award, Mark was commissioned for a new creation with Gibney Company in Spring 2020. Mark has presented work at Wanderlust Dance Festival, The Austin Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, The Banff Center for Performing Arts Choreographic Gesture, The Boston Dance Festival, Steps On Broadway Choreography Lab and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He has also created work on the University of the Arts School of Dance and Pace University. Mark was co- director of The Thriving Artist Project from 2017-2020, a program offering a free Pre- Professional experience to young dance artists collaborating with artists from Batsheva, NDT, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lines Ballet to name a few. He was also on faculty at Dance industry Performing Arts Center teaching Ballet, Contemporary Ballet and Movement Research. Mark has also been on faculty at Gibney Dance NY, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Arts Center, The Playground NY, University of the Arts School of Dance and MindLeaps. In 2020 when dance went mostly virtual, Mark created an online platform 'CREATE & CONNECT' not only to continue teaching and engaging with his students & following, but also to continue to highlight BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends and fellow artists. CREATE & CONNECT has featured artists like Sidra Bell, Mikey Morado, Alexander Anderson, Jason Parsons, Dorchel Haqq, Samantha Figgins and more. He currently is a freelance teacher, dancer and choreographer creating new work for his own project BIGkid Dance.
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Mark's Photographer: Mikey Morado