Bio 2021

Damaris Ferrer is a multi-disciplinary mover, teacher and choreographer with an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University.  Damaris’ movement was formed through the technical foundations of classical ballet, Graham technique, classical Spanish Dance, Limon technique, Flamenco and world folk dances. She was a member of Ballet Hispanico of New York, where she was the recipient of the Naomi Ticotin Scholarship as well as the Tito Puente Scholarship. She also toured nationally and internationally with such companies as José Molina Bailes Españoles, All Nations Dance Company, Ballet Argentino Raices, Gerald Otte’s Otteco, Rod Rodgers Modern Dance Company, Danzactiva, and Mary Street Dance Theater in Miami where she trained in contact improvisation under Dale Andree. In 1995 she founded Bailes Ferrer, a non-profit arts organization that focused on Flamenco music and dance concerts, classes and workshops as well as the Flamenco in the Sun flamenco festival, premiering in 1994, which facilitated collaborative exchanges between artists in South Florida and Spain during a ten-day festival co-directed by Ms. Ferrer and Niurca Marquez.   Since 2016 she has focussed on physical investigations with language, both spoken and visual, as well as self-organizing systems which she explores through the choreographic process. She is currently an adjunct faculty member for the department of Visual, Performing Arts and Humanities at Broward College as well as Nova South-eastern University’s Department of Communication, Media and the Arts. She is developing her online platform called Movement Works and she is also involved in the development of FARO (Facilitating Accessibility. Reciprocity and Ontologies), a new initiative that focuses on art makers in the margins that are currently unseen and unheard by academic establishments.