Robert Mark Dance is a New Jersey-based dance company committed to creating invigorating new works that push, reflect upon, and unveil the human experience through the use of performance and education.
Robert Mark Burke, Artistic Director
Deemed the “hottest young talent on the New Jersey dance scene today”, Robert Mark Burke finds himself a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. Performing both nationally and internationally, Robert is a company member of Lucinda Childs Dance Company, 10 Hairy Legs, and Megan Williams Dance Projects. He also performs regularly with Meagan Woods and Company, has worked with Bryn Cohn and Artists and has apprenticed with Doug Elkins.
Having a passion for dance education, Robert Mark Burke has been a guest artist at Rutgers University and Rider University. He has been a guest lecturer at Montclair State University and has been commissioned to create work for high schools throughout the tri-state area.
As a choreographer, Burke has shown his work throughout the United States including the wild project, Dixon Place, Paramount Theater (Boston), Hofstra University, Rutgers University, Rider University, Dance New Amsterdam, Jersey City Theater Center and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He has received numerous awards, including the 2015 Dance on the Lawn Emerging Choreographer Grant under the direction of Charmaine Warren, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Jersey (New) Moves Fellowship in both 2015 and 2017, The 2016 CoLab Arts Space Grant, and The 2017 Eryc Taylor Emerging Choreography Grant. In 2015, Robert launched Robert Mark Dance as a way to create invigorating new works that push, reflect upon and unveil the human experience through the use of performance and education.
Alexander Olivieri, Rehearsal Director
Alexander Olivieri grew up in Newark, Delaware where he began dancing under the instruction of Tamara Paulino. He is a graduate of Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts and Philosophy. He eventually relocated to New York City where he furthered his dance training under the direction of Calen Kurka and Chris Hale, the co-founders of Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program. Since graduating the program, he has had the privilege of working with Chris Masters, Bryn Cohn, Lane Gifford, Shawn T Bible, Calen Kurka, Rachel Hettinger, Erin Dillon, and Bonnie O'Rourke. Alexander is currently a member of 10 Hairy Legs, with whom he traveled to Cape Town, South Africa in 2016. Alexander also currently dances with Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance, Yoshito Sakuraba's Abarukas, Jackie Nowicki's NOW Dance Project, and BARKIN/SELISSEN Project. Alexander is a founding member and rehearsal director for Robert Mark Dance
Monica Gonzalez is a performer who currently resides in Jersey City, NJ. Recent performance highlights include dancing the role of "Lucy" in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with 10HL Projects and performing with Michael Mao Dance at Kean University. She has worked with Robert Mark Dance since its inception in 2015. As a choreographer, she was commissioned in 2015 to create a new work based on Jae Ko’s installation for the Outlet Dance Project’s 11th Annual Festival of Women Choreographers at Grounds for Sculpture. She attended Rutgers University with a presidential full-academic scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Art History. She received the Margery Turner Choreographer Prize in her senior year. In addition to dancing, Monica also enjoys spending time as a video artist and a web designer.
Jared McAboy is from Kent, Washington, where he trained at Allegro Performing Arts Academy in a wide variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. His training also includes attending the Juilliard 2012 Summer Dance Intensive and the LINES 2014 Summer Ballet Program, where he performed the works of Bret Easterling and Dexandro Montalvo. In the summer of 2015, he spent three weeks studying dance in Prague at the many schools and companies that reside there through Tisch Dance’s Study Abroad program. He holds a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Mathematics from New York University. Since moving to New York in 2013, he has performed works of José Limón, Vita Osojnik, James Martin, and Neil Schwartz. Along with Robert Mark Dance, he dances for Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs, Natalie Johnson Dance and Rohan Bhargava’s Rovaco Dance Company.
Sarah Housepian is original from Southern California, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University of Fullerton in 2011. While on the west coast, she had the opportunity to work with Fuse Modern Dance, BARE Dance Company (CA), Vision's Dance Theater, Colin Conner, and Leann Alduenda.Now on the east coast, she has worked with BARE Dance Company (NYC), Yin Yue Dance Company, Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, Indelible Dance, 10 Hairy Legs, NOW Dance Project, Shawn Bible Dance Co, Bonn DIGGS, NOW Dance Project, Jake Bone, Suki Clements, Mira Cook and Julia Ehrstrand. She has performed domestically, as well as internationally in Bulgaria and Germany. She is thrilled to enter her third year with Robert Mark Dance.
Meagan Woods graduated with a BFA in dance from Rutgers University, earning the Margery Turner Award for choreography. She has performed professionally with Liz Lerman, Kyle Marshall Dance, and moe-tion dance theater. Meagan Woods & Company has presented original work at NJPAC, Ailey Citigroup Theater, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theater, Dixon Place, and the historic Loew's Jersey Theater. She has performed for TEDx, and her worked can be viewed at TED.com. Meagan is a co-founder, curator, and producer of the award-winning dance festival Your Move, presented by Art House Productions. She choreographs, costume designs, and guest lecturers for Rutgers University and choreographs for St. Peter's University. Meagan enjoys creating work in relationship to visual art, and has shown at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Alfa Art Gallery, Grounds for Sculpture and several galleries in Jersey City.