a contemporary dance company with fresh ideas, passion, and a desire for change
The primarily contemporary company aims to introduce audiences and society as a whole to dance-drama. Marianne Bator, founder and choreographer, also hopes to touch others with her work in putting them on the path towards self-discovery. Bator, combines dance with music, acting, singing and film, producing dance-drama.
MarDelDance is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to spark change, promote positivity and empower people to tell their stories through the arts. Founded in 2008 by Marianne D. Bator, MarDelDance’s company has performed Bator’s signature dance dramas across the tri-state area, country and worldwide, and held youth arts empowerment workshops in low income school districts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Each dance-drama combines dance with multimedia arts to create visual narratives centered around social issues and personal stories of struggle and triumph. MarDelDance’s youth programs aim to bring youth on a path toward self-discovery through the arts. Students work with accomplished teaching artists of MarDelDance’s company to craft their own stories, performances and meaningful artwork.*
Marianne Bator, a native to north New Jersey, has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, voice, and acting from a young age. Marianne continued her dance education at DeSales University where she studied ballet and modern dance. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. In the summer of 2011, Marianne traveled to Ireland where she was asked to teach master-classes and set work. Marianne’s work has been performed and adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival, and has been seen throughout the NJ, NY, and PA area. Her work has been performed at the Detroit City Dance Festival in Detroit, Michigan, Steps on Broadway in NYC, the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia, The Carnegie Arts Center in Ireland, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in NY, and Rosa Parks High School and Bridgeton High School in New Jersey to name a few. Her work has been commissioned by Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington D.C. in 2013, 2014, & 2015.