Marielis Garcia is dance artist-in-residence at the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She is a Harlem based, Dominican American dance artist with an M.F.A. in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice. As a dancer, Marielis has performed and toured with Brian Brooks (NY), Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem, NC), Peter Kyle Dance (NY), iKapa (Cape Town, SA), and Douglas Dunn and Dancers (NY), among others.
In 2014, La MaMa theater awarded Marielis with a three-week residency, supporting and presenting a new work in Spoleto, Italy. In 2017, she was a University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Fellow. Marielis has also been a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant recipient for three years. She has presented her work throughout the US and abroad including Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, the Garment Arts Alliance Festival, North York Arts Center, and Aaron Davis Hall (for which she was awarded a CUNY Dance Initiative award). She has had residencies at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (Tivoli, NY), Dance Initiative (Carbondale, CO), Chashama (NY), North York Arts Center (Toronto, Canada) among others.
Since 2009, Marielis has also been a visiting teaching artist in NYC public schools through The Leadership Program. She is co-director of STUFFED: Dinner and Dance, a free quarterly community event that serves a warm meal and dance performance at Judson Memorial Church.
Her current work is an international collaboration with Canadian artist David Norsworthy. The work entitled Possibilities of Dialogue is based on the performance of an emergent collaborative creative process with each other and the audience.