MARIELIS GARCIA received her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. While attending Marymount she had the opportunity to work with Johannes Wieland, Robert Battle, Jennifer Muller and others. Professionally she has danced with ODC of San Francisco, The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, and City Dance Ensemble. As part of the Steps Repertory Ensemble for the past three years, Marielis has performed works by Larry Keigwin, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Andrea Miller, Shannon Gillan, Cherice Barton, and Donald Byrd to name a few. She also currently dances with the Stefanie Batten Bland Company, Xodus Dance Collective and Peter Kyle Dance. She is a teaching artist for The Leadership Program and Global Arts Initiative.