About Us

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Elliott Ortiz

Artistic Director & Choreographer

Elliott Ortiz is a Venezuelan-American choreographer and producer with formal education in Theater Production Administration and extensive training in ballet, jazz, modern dance,  and drama. He has brought years of leadership experience and deep knowledge of producing, staging, promoting dance events to the collective.
He is an instinctive and curious spectator who questions and challenges the contradictions between reality and his own observations. He got attention from critics with his piece Future Imperfect (2005) for D.T.W. (Dance Theater Workshop) in NYC, a dance piece that explored themes of cultural identities, exaggerated control by government, and the contradiction between the idea of "home" and patria / patriotic. He said: " I came from a hybridized culture of Indigenous, Spanish and African (Venezuela); and I'm an existentialist thinker who's inspired by movement in all its forms and how it interacts with time and space. At the core of my dancistic work is the sociology of the body, our primal connection to one another and class warfare. It is my intention to strip social agreements and mirror human shared vulnerabilities that invites the audience to reflect and construct their own interpretations. With a combination of emotions in motion my choreography and staging evoke a poetic dimension of Hispanic dramatism; showing a harsh world in harsh aesthetic with a sense of reconciliation. Sometimes forcing the audience to question life and their placement in it, not by providing an alternative solution, but providing a ground for exploration with multiple stories on dancers’ bodies "

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Pilar Cordova

Production Manager/ CEO Wonder Moments

She has participated in the Arts Management Laboratory at DTW. (Dance Theater Workshop). Her production work includes : Don Pedro Vive, Madre Selva, Un Canto a la verdad Sencilla: Poetry in Concert, Intimate Voices, Rehearsal Space, and short films, in Puerto Rico and New York City. She has worked for several Non-profit institutions as producer and administrator. She founded MEDLAM (Movimiento Escenico para Las Americas) with Elliott and Dance 10 Project in 2007 a performing art festival for Latino artists, and she is President of Wonder Moments (her production company). She has worked for D.10 Project since 2005 as Production Manager.

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John McGee

Technical Director

He made his theater debut at Equity Library Theater. John has worked for Ensemble Studio Theater, Nat Horn Musical Theater, All Starts Project, Inc –Times Square  as technical director and for John Lane at Ogunquit Playhouse as master carpenter.
He also has collaborated for Fresh Fruit Performing Arts Festival as Light Designer and Tech Director in NYC; and more recently with Barrio Independent Productions (BIP), El Barrio's Artspace, and other independent productions. While Mr. McGee enjoys designing and building sets and lights, his “true love” is photography (AA from FIT), and he also participated in different exhibitions as photographer. He has collaborated for Dance 10 Project and Elliott since 2005

Ramon Rivas

Assistant Choreographer

This professional dancer started his career in Venezuela, later , making many international tours around the world; he decided to base in NYC, where he worked several years for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (NY), GrandDiva and Eglesky Ballet company. His understanding and admiration for the body expression, drives him to Fashion’s world where he had became a notorious runway and etiquette manners’ instructor; including as adviser for Latino Beauty Contests productions and for designers for NYFW

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Percy Van Oordt

Make-up Artist/ Hair Stylist

Costume Coordinator

This Peruvian born American artist is licensed and experienced in hairstyling and make up artistry  working in different salons, special events , Performing Arts shows and photography projects  , he got certificates in make up and hair styling , by different seminars and schools such as Capri cosmetology school , Mac Cosmetics , Tigi, Wella , Redken, and Vidal Sassoon. His passion for his work makes him very happy to enhance the natural beauty of each individual. He has collaborated and worked for D10 Project’s productions since 2007 and he is happy to work for this production

Yvanhova Figueroa

Dancer/ Dance Teacher/ Production Coordinator

Her mother was a ballet dancer, this young dancer originally from Venezuela , she holds a degree from Taller de Danza  Caracas as a Modern Dance Performer in 2004. She also holds a BA in Business Administration from Universidad Central de Venezuela.  Because she grew up between dancers and in a dance community, she has explored other disciplines such as ballet, tango show (acro-tango), improvisation, modern dance, and dance theater incorporating video art, photography and music.  She had the pleasure to work with Ballet Teresa Carreno, TangoXTango, Sinergia Tango, The National Dance Company of Venezuela, Taller Experimental Pisorrojo, Mixed Movement, Palissimo and The Ballet of Connecticut. She has formed a collaboration with independent choreographers like Annette Herwander, Scott Lyon, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Oliver Steele, Roberto Villanueva and Elliot Ortiz. She owns YvaYoga (YvaYoga.com), a yoga studio in Brooklyn , N.Y., with a growing team of yoga instructors, personal trainers and bodyworkers dedicated to educating their clients and participants in learning about their physical anatomy and physiology in application to dance, movement, and their varying exercise and rehabilitation pursuits. She has performed at the Alvin Ailey Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, New York Live Arts, Movement Research, and The Tank among others. She has toured with dance troupes as guest dancer in Chile, Argentina, Canada, Venezuela and  The United States. 

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