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This profile was last updated on 9/3/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Dancer and Choreographer and Teac...

Local Address: New York, United States
Mariano Parra Spanish Dance Company
 
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mariano parra biography
www.marianoparra.com, 3 Sept 2012 [cached]
As a choreographer, Mariano has been much sought after by professional dance and theatre companies. He has choreographed for numerous opera companies including: Houston Opera's production of Carmen, Washington Opera's productions of Carman and La Traviata, New York City Opera's production of The Gondolier and the Philadelphia Opera Company. Mariano has worked with numerous dance companies of which a few are:
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Mariano Parra has also served dance in an administrative capacity. In addition to running his own dance company for over twenty years, Mariano served on the dance panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the board of directors for the Association of American Dance Companies. Mariano Parra also served as a panel member for the New York State Council on the Arts. His organizational skills and representation of ethnic dance have been invaluable.
Mariano Parra has been called, "Mystic grace" (New York Times), "A Spanish treasure" (Profile), and "Purist"(Miami Herald).
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Mariano is passionate about dance, dancers, and those who love to dance. Mariano has earned his wonderful reputation. His contribution to the world of dance is immeasurable.
Mariano teaches at Fazil's Rehearsal Studio, the center for flamenco and Middle Eastern Dance in New York.
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1980 The Ruth St. Denis Award - "A choreographic award, honoring Mariano for the fourth time for his undivided devotion to ethnic dance over two decades of his career and many choreographic works in the several forms of Spanish dance, all of which were based on the arduous study of traditional techniques and mores.
mariano parra website
www.marianoparra.com, 3 Sept 2012 [cached]
Mariano is available to coach the professional or semi-professional dancer in their repertoire, to prepare the repertoire for stage with emphasis on evaluation of the choreography, musicality and phrasing. Mariano coaches in Spanish Dance and Flamenco Moro.
"Always a Spanish dancer by profession, I have spent over 50 years as a student of dance. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to study with and personally know many of the greatest dancers of our time. I feel the responsibility to pass on the gifts of knowledge I've been given." Mariano Parra, Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher
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"If you have been dancing for years, learning steps, compas and choreographies here and there...but..still wonder why you don't look...good...it's ...because you haven't taken classes with Mariano, a real MAESTRO. Mariano Parra, not only has a microscopic eye, (he won't miss one shakey sound of your feet EVER) he has the key to open one's body and heart as a dancer to transform into a moving stylistic sculpture. With Mariano you will paint your own personal designs of the air and space with perfect technique.
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"Mariano Parra is the consummate teacher for dancers of all disciplines.
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While you may think you are simply in a dance class, Mariano works to connect your eyes to your spine, your spine to your hips, your hips to your heels, your heels to your hands, your hands directly to your heart. It is then your heart and mind begin to overflow through your eyes and you are finally learning to dance. That's how Mariano creates these marvelous "dancing beasts" who go to the stage to collect their applause.
mariano parra biografia
www.marianoparra.com, 3 Sept 2012 [cached]
Mariano Parra Dancer/ Choreographer/Teacher
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Mariano says simply, "I have always had one passion Dance, and it leads me."
Mariano's father immigrated to the United States in his mid-twenties from his small pueblo La Concepcion Huercal Overa, near Almeria. He settled in Pennsylvania, met and married his Russian wife and worked in the steel factory.
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Sisters Ines and Mariana became Spanish dancers, performing with many companies including Mariano's.
Mariano began his formal training as a student of dance in his late teens. He worked as a switch tender on the Pennsylvania Railroad to pay for lessons. He hid his castenets between his sandwiches when he went to work, so his mother wouldn't see them. While in the rail yard, he played castenets and used a rail car to practise ballet exercises. His diligence paid off. With the support and encouragement of his first teacher, Karl Heinrich, following graduation from high school in 1951, Mariano was accepted on scholarship for the summer at the famous Jacob´s Pillow Dance Academy in Lee, Masssachusetts.
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The Academy was under the direction of Ted Shawn, who Mariano refers to as "Papa Shaw".
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Mariano attended Ted Shawn's Sunday night lectures on "Dance We Must" and was steeped in a culture of dance pioneers who became pivotal influences in his life as a dancer.
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It was at Jabob's Pillow that Mariano met his future mentor, Madame La Meri, one of the world's authorities on ethnic dance and author of many books on Spanish Dancing.
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At the Academy, Mariano studied East Indian Dance; Spanish Dance - classic and modern forms; as well as other ethnic dances such as Javanese, Japanese and Hawaiian. Mariano further expanded his dance vocabulary to train in modern dance at The Martha Graham School. He studied ballet under Margaret Craske, Anthony Tudor and Maria Nevalska in New York.
Mariano launched his professional dance career in 1957 working in opera houses and night clubs from New York to Maine. In October of 1957, Mariano and his partner in Spanish Dance, Jerane Mitchel, made their debut in Carnegie Hall in New York. Mariano toured with his dance partner and performed with the companies of La Meri and Peter di Falco.
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In 1962, with the sponsorship of impressario, Frances Mayville, Mariano formed the Mariano Parra Spanish Dance Company which debuted in Miami, Florida in front of 3,000 people receiving critical acclaim.
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His Spanish dance has been described as a "ceremony of feelings...soul states...of emotional shifts and contrast". (Dance News) Mariano's "pure flamenco" has been called "created and born again. (Guidepost)
During the years of the Dance Company, Mariano continued to study Spanish Dance, in New York, with Juan Martinez, the great teacher-choreographer for: La Argentina, La Argentinita, Pilar Lopez and Carmen Amaya.
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In Spain, Mariano studied with two of the greatest Spanish Dance artists, Luisa Pericet, Spain's foremost exponent of the classic 18th century dance form Escuela Bolera, and, La Quica, artist extraordinaire of Spanish dance.
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Mariano also studied with such other esteemed dancers as Angel Torres, Maria Rosa Merced and Enrique "El Cojo" in Sevilla.
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Mariano infused his company choreography and performances with authentic spirit.
Peak Performance
www.womensedition.com, 19 Jan 2008 [cached]
Our instructor, Mariano Parra, was exceptionally encouraging.A dancer's dancer, Mariano set the tone of the class with his first breath: "Enjoy."He took time to work with me on my roughest spot-posture-and he challenged the class individually plus as a whole.
mariano parra classes
www.marianoparra.com, 28 Mar 2007 [cached]
At the present time, Mariano is teaching seminars, special groups and private instruction. He teaches and choreographs in the theatrical styles of Spanish Dance, Escuela Bolera, Escuela Andaluza, Baile Classico and Flamenco. Mariano wants to spend his "Golden Years" creating dances and good dancers to execute them. "My mentor and teacher, Juan Martinez said good choreography with bad dancing is bad choreography and visa versa."
Comments:
"Mariano Parra, where have you been all my dance life? Mariano Parra knows dance.
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"Mr. Parra is a very gifted teacher.
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Mariano Parra clarifies the misconceptions that many people -including
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"My summer intensive with Mariano was a wonderful immersion in syncopations of body and soul. Mariano fuses elegant line with total body placement, precision footwork and compelling flamenco rhythmns.
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