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Art and Life with Marissa Osato

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marissa Osato. Marissa, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.

A Los Angeles County native, I danced competitively for ten years before attending UC Irvine where I double majored in Dance and Literary Journalism. The UCI dance department, as well as the prolific hip-hop dance community in Orange County, strongly influenced my choreographic voice and drive for creating movement art. After graduating, I co-founded Entity Contemporary Dance, an LA-based dance company rooted in a fusion of urban and classical dance techniques that has performed original repertory in the U.S. and Asia…

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Joffrey Academy of Dance - Chicago, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet 9th Annual Winning Works

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is thrilled to announce the recipients of the ninth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Tommie-Waheed Evans, Marissa OsatoXiang Xu and Edgar Zendejas.

This announcement follows a national call for ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists to submit applications, which began in June. The choreographers’ world premiere works will be showcased on the members of the Joffrey Studio Company and the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Edlis Neeson Theater this March…

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Entity Contemporary Dance was started in 2009 by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato. The pair met while studying at UCI and they now direct the award-winning, LA-based contemporary dance company. (Photo by Mike Esperanza)

Entity Contemporary Dance was started in 2009 by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato. The pair met while studying at UCI and they now direct the award-winning, LA-based contemporary dance company. (Photo by Mike Esperanza)

ENTITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE at the Laguna Festival of the Art

Laguna Dance Festival presents free dance performances at the beautiful Festival of Arts grounds this summer!  Included with FOA admission, join us for a performance and dance class with ENTITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE.

Founded in 2009, drawing connections between the Southern California hip hop and contemporary dance communities. Based in Los Angeles, CA and directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, Entity is a professional contemporary dance…

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Award-winning ENTITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE kicks off Laguna Dance Festival at Art Walk

Eight years ago, UC Irvine dancers Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, both now 30, were holding rehearsals for the newly formed ENTITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE in the middle of the night from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. – sometimes later. The company made its debut performance in 2009 at a dance competition showcase where it appeared among a roster of hip hop dance crews…

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Night 2 of the Los Angeles Dance Festival – Urban/Eclectic Contemporary

Night two of the Los Angeles Dance Festival 2017 at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz was labeled Urban/Eclectic Contemporary Dance. The program included performances by ENTITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE, BrockusRED, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Pony Box Dance Theatre, LUX Aeterna Dance Company, Akomi Dance and CATASTROPHE. The energy was high and the work, for the most part, strong….Entity Contemporary Dance was founded in 2009 by artistic directors Will Johnston and Marissa Osato. Peel is an intense work with a fusion of hip hop, jazz, contemporary dance and theater. The dance had a ritualistic overtone, beginning with a woman, Emily Crouch, dipping her hands into a glass bowl of “some imagined liquid”…

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