Education

What we teach

Catherine and Mario are experienced, passionate teachers who work with all levels of students ranging from young teenagers to leading professionals at renowned schools and international dance companies. They teach within all ranges from a single day masterclass to month long residencies. Classes taught by Catherine and Mario draw from their collective experience as company dancers at Batsheva Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Gallim Dance, and Shannon Gillen & Guests, as well as co-directing Marcat Dance.

Gaga people / Gaga Dancers

Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement.

Marcat Dance Movement Research

The class is a physical and mental workout that draws inspiration from Gaga while also including floor work and short movement phrases from Marcat Repertory. Participants are consistently stimulated by changes of movement quality, dynamic texture, and musicality. Through games and physical/vocal play, participants will work on following inner impulses, listening as an individual and as a group, learning their weaknesses,owning their confidence, and becoming aware of the brilliance that lives inside.

Ilan Lev

The Ilan Lev method works towards improving human capabilities and removing functional difficulties. In the session the patient's body is gently moved, creating a rich and thoughtful dialogue between the practitioner and the patient. Movement returns to parts of the body where communication was cut-off and dialogue within the whole system is restored.

Testimonials

Marcat Dance

“The classes of Mario and Catherine are amazing and complete. They made me go deeper in everything I do. By pushing my boundaries, they stimulated my creativity and opened up my vision of dance. It feels my range of movement and qualities of movement improved so much ever since I had classes and workedwith them.”
Nikita Goile, National Dance Company of Wales, Company Dancer

“Catherine and Mario’s Class was revolutionary for me. It stretched my physicality, firing me to discover and embrace ongoing contradictions in my body. Their presence in the studio was truthful and generous in a way that fostered a supportive atmosphere for growth and play.”
Hannah Marcus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

“Marcat Dance 2 weeks of residency had me feeling inspired, ready to move, and impossibly in love with dance even more than before!”
Chloe Chua, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA, USA

“As a program director, I felt so happy and proud to present artists Catherine and Mario with us in 2017 and 2019 in Shanghai, China - they are excellent dancers and incredibly skilled teachers.”
Xin Xie, Vanguard International Dance Program, Shanghai, China

Teaching history

Company Classes

  • Hung Dance Taiwan (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • National Dance Company of Wales (Cardiff, Wales)
  • National Dance Company of Spain (Madrid, Spain)
  • Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence, France)
  • Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater (Görlitz-Zittau, Germany)
  • Eisenhower Dance Company (Rochester, Michigan)
  • Eyas Dance Project (Görlitz-Zittau, Germany)

Universities & Conservatories

  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Oakland University (Rochester Hills, Michigan)
  • Centro Andaluz de Danza (Seville, Spain)
  • Conservatorio de Danza Antonio Ruiz Soler (Seville, Spain)
  • Dance Conservatory of Malaga (Malaga, Spain)
  • Conservatorio Superior de Danza “María de Ávila” (Madrid, Spain)

Workshops

  • Vanguard International Dance Festival (Shanghai, China)
  • Nanjing Dance Festival (Nanjing, China)
  • The Playground NYC (New York, New York)
  • National Dance Company of Wales and National Youth Group (Cardiff, Wales)
  • Valencia Dancing Forward (Valencia, Spain)
  • ArtLabJ (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Batsheva Dance Company Excellence Groups (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Crooked Tree Arts Center (Petoskey, Michigan)
  • Grosse Pointe Dance Center (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)
  • Marcat Dance Repertory Workshops (Barcelona, Valencia, & Vilches, Spain)