About

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. 

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Alexander Olivieri, Rehearsal Director

Alexander Olivieri grew up in Newark, Delaware and is a graduate of Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts and Philosophy.  His dance training began under the direction of Calen Kurka and Chris Hale, co-founders of Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program.  In New York City, he has had the privilege of dancing with Chris Masters, Bryn Cohn, Lane Gifford, Shawn T Bible, Jackie Nowicki, Yoshito Sakuraba, and Barkin/Selissen Program Project.  He has also danced works by Megan Williams, Manuel Vignoulle, Heidi Latsky, Doug Elkins, Raja Feather Kelly, and Al Blackstone. Alexander currently dances with BARE Dance Company, Christopher Williams Company and is a company member of 10 Hairy Legs. Along with performing, Alexander enjoys teaching dance and acrobatics to young dancers in the Tri-State Area. Alexander is a founding member and the rehearsal director for Robert Mark Dance.

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Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez is a performer who currently resides in Jersey City, NJ. She has danced with Michael Mao Dance, 10HL Projects (the role of "Lucy" in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), and more. She has worked with Robert Mark Dance since its inception in 2016.  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.  Monica is also a Software Engineer at Etsy.

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Sara Seger

Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Seger began her dance training under the direction of Christine Taylor and Luba Gulyaeva at the North Jersey School of Dance Arts. Sara continued training at Broadway Dance Center’s Children and Teen Program. Ms. Seger attended all four years of high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she performed works by Mark Morris, José Limón, Larry Keigwin, Diane Markham, Alwin Nikolais, and others. She attended The Ailey School’s Fellowship Program and performed Memoria with the AADT during their New York City Center Season in 2010. In 2011, Ms. Seger joined RIOULT Dance NY and has toured nationally and internationally to cities in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico and many more. Other Freelance Credits Include: Lincoln Center Institute, Trainor Dance, Verlezza Dance, Andrew Harper Choreography, Feature film Nothing Serious: The Movie. Sara is thrilled to be joining Robert Mark Dance.

Jared McAboy

Jared McAboy is from Kent, Washington, where he trained at Allegro Performing Arts Academy in a wide variety of styles. 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 dancing for Robert Mark Dance, he dances for 10 Hairy Legs and teaches hip hop within the Tri-State Area.

Derek Crescenti

Derek Crescenti originates from Detroit, Michigan and received his BFA from the University of Michigan. He has performed with Spectrum Dance Theater/Donald Byrd, Keigwin + Company, The Bang Group and the Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut. In addition to RMD, Derek currently dances with Megan Williams Dance Projects, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, The Chase Brock Experience and is a company member and teaching artist with 10 Hairy Legs.

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Sarah Housepian

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.