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In Conversation with Mariella Morales

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Mariella Morales of Alafia Dance Ensemble on Wednesday November 18, 2020 LIVE at 6 PM. Photo by Andy Mogg.

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Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
Dance is my true love in life. It awakens every fiber in my being. I am a lover of life and a dancer of love.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest?
Essence is divine and spirit calls.

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography? What are you curious about?
Divine forces of nature that live deep in the soul of the human. I am curious about the spirit that lives within each of us.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?
I probably would’ve been a nurse or a firefighter.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
Never give up on your passion or dreams no matter what anybody tells you. Love deeply and take risks for you never know unless you try. Live life to the fullest each and every moment.

Learn more:
facebook: Alafia Dance Ensemble

Mariella Morales, a San Francisco native, began her formal dance training at the age of 16 at School of the Arts in San Francisco (SOTA). Her love for dances of the African Diaspora was due to her attendance at SOTA, where she was introduced to Dunham Technique and African-Haitian.