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A Night of Pieces



Marissa Aucoin

Technical Director

Off Sides
(There's no crying in football.)

Marissa Aucoin, MFA, is a passionate artist committed to providing accessible dance education and performance opportunities for both dancers and non-dancers alike. Currently, Marissa teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Raritan Valley Community College, at Yvonne’s School of Dance, and for several community arts organizations including ReThink Theatrical. Professionally, she serves as the artistic director of, mla | Format Dance, and movement director of IdyllShift. For more information please visit

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Dancer: Moving Forward

Tabitha Edwards fell in love with dance at the age of four, and has been dancing ever since. Trained in many different styles, Tabitha enjoys sharing her love of dance through teaching. Tabitha has an Associate’s degree in LA-Dance from MCC. She has performed with, and choreographed for, the Middlesex County College Dance Ensemble,  as well as local companies: Artistic Visions Dance Company, Main Street Theatre Company, RFDT, and the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership.

Tabitha Edwards

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Stage Manager

Elanna Etemad is a dancer, choreographer, musician, and teacher. Elanna has been performing and choreographing for student concerts at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ for the past several years. As an Alumna of RVCC and Rutgers University, she hopes to continue her education to obtain a graduate degree in dance and teach at the collegiate level.

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Nathan Forster


Cat of Nietzsche, Light Dance, Moving Forward

Dancer: Everything (except Moving Forward)

An NJ transplant from CA, Nathan Forster has made an exciting second home in NJ. After his BA in Theater from Drew University,  Nathan danced for Nina Haft, Michael J. Lee, Marissa Aucoin, Loretta Fois, and Mignolo Dance; acquired an AFA in Dance from RVCC; and founded ReFrame Dance Theatre. Currently Nathan is (not-so-tirelessly) dancing all the time in preparation for Mignolo Dance’s Manifested Destiny premiering in Jersey City come May 2020 and GESTALT: A Night of Pieces.

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Michael D. Lee

Choreographer: Iron

Michael D. Lee fuses their experiences with the forms Contemporary, Butoh, and Kathak to create abstract work that often reflects on emotional subjects like homophobia, shared experiences, and more. Iron was created to have the audience view the metal in a human form, seeing its evolution from a metal in the earth, to the creation of railroads, and its refining.

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