dance & choreography
Dance has always been a part of Ondina’s personal, family and artistic life. Like many kids of Hispanic descent, she was surrounded by dance in a social setting from a young age- her parents always owning the dance floor with a sick merengue or bachata routine at family parties.
Ondina began dance training at the age of 2 and a half, and continued studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern and musical theatre dance up until her college years when she began training in post-modern technique, contact improv and Afro-Haitian dance. She studied with choreographers and movement makers such as Stephen Petronio, Annie B Parson, Paul Langland, Pat Hall, Beth Gill, Mary Overlie (viewpoints technique), and Byron Easley. Always having had strength in hip-hop and street dance, Ondina began creating her own style of movement and choreography; combining her love of the contrasting elements of “flowy and sharp”, strength and athleticism, and her knack for theatricality and story telling through dance. After finding a home in the NYC queer nightlife performance scene (see Go-Go/Nightlife dance page), elements of voguing, waacking, and house dance became prevalent in her natural movement. She continues to grow and shape her movement vocabulary; learning, improvising and experimenting with different elements and styles.
She has choreographed her own pieces (from solo to large group numbers), full-length shows, musical theatre pieces, music videos and more. Her work ranges from highly comedic absurd dance/movement work (Trigger Warning), narrative storytelling pieces (Chivas 18), to very “pure dance” emotional work (Sentire). (See more work in Live Performance) She is a co-choreographer for Tactile Movement Collective, and has collaborated with prominent artists such as Sasha Velour and Son Lux. Having performed in many different types of venues (theaters, warehouses, outdoor spaces and very odd indoor spaces) and being an avid traveler, she was inspired to begin filming short improvisational dance videos in various outdoor locations. She found that the architecture and environment heavily influenced the way that her body responded to dance, and she accidentally created a “site specific” series of dance videos (see link at bottom of page).
Recently, Ondina has started to focus on dance as a tool of education and activism. In 2017 she began a photo/video series Move With Pride, which documents dancers & movement artists in the queer community. It focuses on how dance has been used as a tool to empower the queer community, how dance can lead to self-acceptance and self-awareness, and how it can be used to bring communities together. (see link for more!)
Through her activism work, she was brought on to choreograph and cast a video campaign called “Lead With Love”, in which she incorporated ASL along with her movement style to make a narrative and multi-faceted dance piece.
She soon began developing a dance class/workshop called “Dance Like Everyone’s Watching”- a class geared toward people of any level of dance to come together and learn ways to feel empowered through dance. Drawing heavily, again, from the freedom that queer spaces for social dance exude, she taught a version of this workshop during the Reykjavik Pride Festival 2018 (Reykjavík, Iceland). Click the photo below for interview/clips from the workshop!
Rebecca is currently the assistant choreographer to Chantelle Carey, dance captain & ensemble member of the professional production of the musical “We Will Rock You” in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Commercial & Street Dance Reel