Ballaro Dance

see, move, share

Ballaro Dance builds community through the creation and presentation of modern dance while inviting its audience, often first-time dance viewers, to SEE, MOVE, & SHARE with the Company in an approachable, welcoming environment. Adhering to its mission, the Company takes pride in skillfully connecting with various communities inviting them to SEE dance in formal and informal settings, to MOVE while participating in the art, and to SHARE while gathering for conversation enabling deep connections. Founded in 2014, Ballaro Dance is proud to call New York City its home. We dance to engage with people; we choreograph to tell stories; we produce art to build community.

Meet The Team

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Marisa f. Ballaro

A proud Buffalo, NY native, Marisa f. Ballaro (Choreographer; Dancer) is a curious learner and an avid community builder. With dual degrees in Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts for Children, she is a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY College at Brockport where she received prestigious honors including the Marion Schrank Student Leadership Award and the Outstanding Scholar in the School of Arts & Performance. Marisa is on dance faculty at The Brearley School in Manhattan; she performed for over a decade with the American Dance Legacy Initiative’s repertory ensemble, Dancing Legacy. Passionate about service, Marisa is on the Board of Directors for the SUNY Brockport Alumni Association, and she is the Endurance Chair for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Tomorrow's Leaders. She was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by The University of Chicago in October 2019 and is the recipient of two honors awarded by The Brearley School: the Margaret Riker Harding Lower School Fellowship and the Serena Marshall Weld Award. Marisa is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at Montclair State University. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Ballaro Dance.

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Hannah Kearney

Hannah Kearney (Dancer) began her dance training at Wissahickon Dance Academy in Philadelphia, PA then attended George Mason University where she performed choreography by Donald Byrd and Robert Battle. Hannah has performed with the Philadanco Second Company (Danco 2), JKing Dance Company; this is her third season with Ballaro Dance. She is a Brooklyn-based certified Pilates teacher.

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Hannah Dillenbeck

Hannah Dillenbeck (Dancer) is from Rochester, NY where she began her training at Draper Center for Dance. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Dance and Biology/Neurobiology. She joined Ballaro Dance at the start of 2021 and recently moved to NYC to continue dancing and teaching.