marked dance project

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About Us

marked dance project was created in March of 2009 by Artistic Director Mark Travis Rivera as a way to provide professional opportunities for dancers with and without disabilities; an integrated contemporary-modern dance company that aims to expand the definition of dance while reimagining the possibilities for all artists.

Mission Statement
The mission of marked dance project is to expose the art of dance to all individuals. This integrated contemporary-modern based dance company includes dancers with and without disabilities. Through community outreach, performances, classes and workshops we mold and enhance artistic abilities, while fostering compassion and understanding among the community.

Upcoming Events

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Mark Travis Rivera (Founder/Artistic Director) click here to read Mark’s bio


Corina De Jesus (Associate Director) began her dance training at Dance World Academy, where she studied jazz and tap. She was accepted into the dance program at Passaic County Technical Institute, where she received most of her intense dance training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. A recent graduate of William Paterson University, Corina earned a B.A. in Communication/Media Production. During her time at WP, Corina was awarded “Best DJ/On-Air Talent” for her work on the award-winning show, “Latin Flavors” on 88.7FM WPSC. In addition, she served as a producer of the award-winning talk show “The RoundAbout”, where marked dance project was highlighted. While in college Corina was hired for a part-time position as a Promotions Assistant summer of 2014 at CBS Radio. As she continues to pursue her dreams in the entertainment industry, she continues to do what she loves: dancing!


Océane Hooks-Camilleri (Rehearsal Director) began her dance training at Oakland School for the Arts with Mr. Reginald Ray Savage. In 2008, she entered Connecticut College and became involved in the dance department, developing a self-design major in Art and Activism with a focus in dance. She has had the pleasure of studying with David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Shani Collins-Achille, Alexandra Beller, the Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane Company, and Kat Wildish. While at Connecticut College, Océane also pursued a second major in American Studies with a focus in Comparative Race and Ethnicity. She was also a member of the Holleran Center’s certificate program for Public Policy and Community Action (PICA) with her focus being HIV/AIDS prevention. In the summer of 2011, Océane had an internship with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) where she co-facilitated political advocacy e-courses with young people from all over the world, represented GYCA at a United Nations high level meeting on HIV/AIDS and collaborated with youth advocates to define future UN AIDS policy. She is pursuing dance and is based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Caitlin Knowles (Dancer) is a recent graduate of Montclair State University, where she earned a BFA in Dance and Theater. She has had the pleasure of training with artists such as Earl Mosely, Christian von Howard, Nancy Lushington, Eddie Taketa, Maxine Steinman, and Karen Gayle. Caitlin has performed works by José Limòn, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, Christian von Howard, Nancy Lushington, and Jessie DiMauro. She is interested in community outreach projects and collaboration and has worked with dance programs for children and adults with disabilities.

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Samantha McKoy (Apprentice) is from Nutley, New Jersey, began her dance training at Dance World Academy and continues her studies today with Hillary-Marie at Grooves Unlimited. She is a member of the New Jersey Tap Youth Company (NJTAP2) under the direction of Deborah Mitchell and a student teacher at Grooves. Samantha has also performed in “Generation Tap” and “Dance Therapy” and is an award-winning tap soloist. She attends dance festivals around the country and master classes in all styles of dance. Samantha will be a junior at Nutley High School in the fall and plans to pursue a degree in dance education and therapy in college.


Will Ervin (Dancer) currently studies dance at Montclair State University. He has trained in hip hop, vogue, house, animation, and bone breaking in New Brunswick, New Jersey. With the guidance of Randy James, he has participated in the modern dance program at Middlesex counties Arts High School. He began formal ballet training at Montclair State University where he has performed works by Jessica DiMauro, José Limòn, Sean Curran, and Earl Mosley. He has performed at Alexander Kasser Theatre, The Joyce Theatre during the Martha Graham season, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Earl Mosley’s Hearts of Men ensemble. As a choreographer, his work “District of Bodies” has been featured in Brooklyn Ballet’s “First Look”, the Equilibrium Choreographer Showcase in Brooklyn, and the “Call for Choreographers” Festival at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in May 2015.


AJ Mannion (Dancer) is a current student in Montclair State University’s B.A. Dance Education program, which he expects to graduate from this December. He has taught classes in ballet technique, yoga-based acrobatics and contortion at over 25 dance studios in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. AJ graduated as a professional massage therapist from Cortiva Institute in Wall Township, NJ in 2010. He is also a certified Level II Usui Reiki energy healer, and is going for his Reiki Master Teacher training this July. You can learn more about AJ, or contact him about teaching or Reiki services, at


Diana Julcapoma (Dancer) was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. By the age of three, she was dancing at Dance World Academy. As she grew older, Diana began training in ballet, jazz and tap. She continued her training throughout her high school years, at both, Dance World Academy and Passaic County Technical Institute, where she began training in modern dance. She also has experience in contemporary floor work and Latin fusion dance. Diana continued her education at Bergen Community College and is now pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance at Montclair State University. She has performed with marked dance project (Director: Mark Travis Rivera), Latin Fusion Dance Project (Director: Ashlé Dawson) and at Six Flags Great Adventure (Director: Ashlé Dawson). Her goals are to perform worldwide and evoke feelings in those who watch her dance.

Sharing The Arts
Silk City Arts Festival
William Paterson University
For The Benefit Of, INC.
Erin Pride
Jonnine DeLoatch
The Trott Family
Jennifer Martinez
Dr. Nina Jemmot
Laisa Colon
Javier Ponce
The Mayer Family
Cherrie Rios
James Sanders III
Vintastro (Logo Designer)
Brother Bruno’s
Robyn Ochs
Sukha Arts Center
Catherine Rock
Marie Penso-Belanich
Ruth Figueroa
Sukha Arts Center
Christine Chan

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