Mark DeGarmo Dance Broadcasts Two Virtual Performance Events over Four Days in March 2021, featuring International, Emerging, and BIPOC Performing Artists from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the USA, all evenings held at 7PM ET on Zoom: a sharing of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response curated and facilitated by dancer, choreographer, writer, researcher, and Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of MDD,

Dr. Mark DeGarmo.

Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change:

Thursday, March 4th, 2021 7PM ET on Zoom

Virtual International Arts (VIA) Festival for Social Change:

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 7PM ET on Zoom

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 7PM ET on Zoom

Thursday, March 18th, 2021 7PM ET on Zoom


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Mark DeGarmo Dance broadcasts its transcultural transdisciplinary Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change (VSPS) and its Virtual International Arts (VIA) Festival - March 2021 to international audiences on Zoom with performances featuring international and emerging performing artists from 7 countries. Tickets for both events are available now (by donation) on Mark DeGarmo Dance Eventbrite.

The VSPS performance features Olga Drachuk-Meyer (Germany), Laura Katz Rizzo (USA), Irina Lerman (Canada), and Melissa Zuccalà (Italy) on Thursday, March 4th at 7PM ET. Installments continue on Thursdays April 1st and May 6th, 2021. Applications are open for the Thursday, June 3rd installment here. Founded in 2010, MDD’s Salon Performance Series provides a curated opportunity to view and engage with original dance and movement works-in-progress of guest artists. Each performance includes an audience exchange with the artists curated and facilitated by Mark DeGarmo, PhD, BFA.

The VIA Festival on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday March 16-18, 2021 features 19 performing artists from 5 countries over the course of the three evening event. Founded in October 2020, MDD’s Virtual International Arts (VIA) Festival creates a space for artists, scholars, and audiences to share, respond, and reflect beyond traditional, commercial performance spaces that often exclude people, limit access, and don’t provide performers opportunities for critical growth.

Audience members from the January 7, 2021 VSPS installment called the event “uplifting,” and said of the virtual experience, “I’m sitting here in my apartment, but I feel all the movement, thousands of miles away.” The February 4 installment moved audiences to tears and to question the USA’s privilege and current political conflicts with performances reflecting people living with the aftermath of armed conflict, extreme poverty, genocide, and political violence in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Mark DeGarmo Dance recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on global artists and our NYC, national, and international communities and is committed to offering opportunities for artists to share and develop their work, despite and responding to our current circumstances. Featuring international dance creators, including artists creating in countries without the USA’s resources and privilege is meant to stimulate among New York City and USA general public members a deeper awareness and understanding of other countries and cultures they have not visited or know. Through virtual programming and online events, MDD connects the embodied imaginations of an international arts, scholar, and general community for social change.

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No one will be excluded access to these events for inability to make a donation. Email for more information.


Visit the Mark DeGarmo Dance website to learn more about the artists in the Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change and the Virtual International Arts (VIA) Festival for Social Change 2020-2021.


Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a nonprofit organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. MDD commits its resources to serving anti-racism, social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and sovereignty across multiple fronts through dance arts in NYC, USA, and internationally.


Mark DeGarmo, Ph.D., B.F.A. is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher. They are Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance, New York City; Dance Director of indigenous P’urhépecha Crossing Bridges International Artist Residency, Michoacán, Mexico; and Creative Agent with Creative Agency, Melbourne, Australia. Their 2020 peer-reviewed publications explore performative reflexive autoethnography during COVID (Qualitative Inquiry journal) and transdisciplinary performative improvisation (University of Colima, Mexico)., Follow Mark DeGarmo Dance on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Our programs are supported, in part, by private funds from Friends of Mark DeGarmo Dance and by public funds from the NYC Council Member for District 1, the Honorable Margaret Chin; the NYC Council Member for District 2, the Honorable Carlina Rivera; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation CARES relief funding supported by National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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