IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project

The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:

 The IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project

Teresa Cuevas

Artistic Director. Choreographer.


IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project performs in The Series on Friday, March 13th, 2015 with the premiere of ‘Taino Reign’. This contemporary dance piece showcases the belief that the Taino people were created in caves, and emerged to explore new beginnings in the outside world. 

Choreographer Teresa Cuevas has researched the ancient traditions and folk dance forms of Puerto Rico to create the foundation upon which this dance is based. Cuevas uses this knowledge to infuse her choreography with a weight that lends an unique authenticity that also serves to guide where this story goes. It is a hallmark of Cuevas’ work as a choreographer; a sought out connection to deeper truths that informs the stories that she tells.

 Teresa Cuevas

Teresa Cuevas began training intensively as a dancer at the Professional Performing Arts High School where she performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She continued her education at Hunter College where she pursued a dance degree, and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Corvino School of Ballet. Teresa was also selected to perform with the Hunter College touring group and participated in the DaCi Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following completion of her studies at Hunter, Teresa became an employee of the Hunter College Dance Program where she assisted Dr. Jana Feinman in research for her book on Alwin Nikolais.

Throughout her years of dance, Teresa developed a love for teaching and has been involved in dance education for twelve years, which led her to accept a position to co-teach at the Gateway School. In addition to her teaching and research duties Teresa is  also the Artistic Director and fouder of the IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project. As the leader of this company, Teresa has been delighted to produce concerts at GreenSpace, Wings Theater, The New York Open Center, La Boom, and The Pearl Theatre Off Broadway.

Though versed in numerous dance forms, Teresa has found an obsessive love for Bollywood and Indian culture. She has performed in Bollywood movies, music videos, touring productions, and has taught Bollywood classes. In 2009, she had the immense pleasure of performing Bolero NYC with Keigwin + Company at the Joyce Theater. Her performing credits also include the Danny and Sylvia Kaye Playhouse, City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Gershwin Hotel, Webster Hall, South Street Seaport, The Meadowlands Arena, The Joyce Theater, Built On Stilts Dance Festival, Wings Theater, Good Day New York, Summerstage in Central Park, and Step Up 3D.

Janice Tomlinson

Janice was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Her formal dance training began at the age of 6 with Fancy Feet Dance Studio, where she became a member of the Fancy Feet Junior Jazz Dance Company at age 17. Janice graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Dance. While at Hunter, Janice concentrated on hip-hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and West African dance and performed the repertory works of Doug Varone and Marjani Fortè. In addition to these studies, she has trained and performed abroad in Spain and Switzerland. As a commercial dancer Janice has guest-appeared on MTV’s reality show, ‘MADE’, and as a backup dancer for the opening act of JadaKiss’ Syracuse University Concert. She has also competed in the Battle for Your Life Competition, Prelude Urban Dance Competition, and World of Dance/New Jersey. Janice has performed in many renowned theatres throughout NYC,  including The United Palace Theatre, Symphony Space, The Kaye Playhouse, and Off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre Company.

Marta Ricotti

Marta is an Italian New York based actress and dancer. After studying ballet in Italy, she moved to Dubai to dance professionally with the Sharmila Dance Company. Now a recent graduate of The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, she has performed at The Player’s Club, Kumble Theatre LIU, and The Pearl Theatre.

 Shawnia White

Shawnia is a New York native, born and raised in Brooklyn. At the age of 7 she was introduced to dance at a small dance school in Ozone Park, Queens. Throughout her life she has explored various genres of dance. Shawnia received her primary school education at Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. While at FSSA, Shawnia interned at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. During this time she also participated in numerous workshops with Battery Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and Abrons Art Center. At Abrons Art Center Shawnia met Daniel Catanach and Randy Luna, both of whom continuously pushed her to follow her dreams. With this support behind her, she attended Goucher College on a dance scholarship and worked with various artists in residency (including Larry Keigwin and Jennifer Archibald). After receiving her BA from Goucher, Shawnia decided to pursue her graduate studies at Pratt Institute from which she recently obtained her Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy. Currently she is working full time as a dance/movement therapist with an affiliated mental health clinic and teaching dance at P.S. 142.

 Giorgia Vitali

Born in Torano Nuovo, Abruzzo (Southern Italy), Giorgia started her dance training at Associazione Danza Insieme, the local studio owned by Zorayda Di Sante. Giorgia has studied throughout Italy with Margherita Parrilla (Director of Accademia Nazionale di Danza), Marcos Jimenez, and Lia Ruscica, Alice Cimoroni. She received additional training while participating in various festivals such as “Abruzzo Hip Hop Festival” and “Gubbio Dance Festival”.  In 2012, Giorgia moved to New York City and enrolled in the Jazz and Contemporary Program at the Joffrey Ballet School for two years as a merit scholarship student. Giorgia has performed with an incredible array of choreographers, including: Francesca Harper (digital#connect; for Spring Fashion Week/2012), Christopher Huggins (Mothers of War),  Guillermo Blinker (Pay Attention),  Margo Sappington (Maniya Gati),  Kevin Wynn (Convergence), Igal Perry (Winter Journey), and Ephrat Asherie. In November 2013, Giorgia joined The Indorican Multicultural Dance Project, with which she has performed at Kumble Theater, Hunter College, and the Pearl Theater. Outside of concert dance, Giorgia is involved in numerous art projects and music videos.

 Ianthe Mellor

Ianthe was born and raised in Bedford, England. She was introduced to dance at the age of 3 when she began studying Ballet and Odissi as part of Kadam’s Dance Company. It was with this company that Ianthe performed all around England at spaces such as the Millennium Dome, Covent Garden Square, and Liverpool Playhouse amongst others. Ianthe later discovered Contemporary dance and became part of Bedfordshire Youth Dance Company where she performed work created by Lisa Spackman and Henri Oguike. Ianthe graduated from Middlesex University, London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Studies. Whilst at Middlesex University Ianthe was chosen to be part of an exchange programme where she studied at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD for a semester. It was here that Ianthe was introduced to Stepping and Horton technique. Upon returning from Baltimore, Ianthe trained intensively in House, Stepping, Horton and Waacking and became part of State of Emergency’s Re:position Company. Ianthe’s passion does not lie solely in the performance aspect of dance, she is also interested in the administrative and educational aspects. Upon graduation Ianthe taught dance and fitness classes at Frame, London and worked as the Marketing and Programming assistant of Move It. In 2013 Ianthe moved to New York to further her training through Broadway Dance Center’s  International Student Visa Programme. Currently she dances for IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project, Kalamandir Dance Company, and Sho Off Dance Company.