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The Dancer from Detroit
Marlo Dell’Antonio is a Modern Dancer and Performance Artist from Detroit, Michigan. Maintaining a natural ability to dislocate her shoulder blades from an early age has given Marlo Movement a raw edge and intensity, normally reserved for Vogue Femme.
As a Dancer, her classical training has been heavily rooted in Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and German expressionist dance (Mary Wigman, Pina Bausch). Contemporary influences also include Hip-Hop, Jazz, Dancehall and Tap.
As a Choreographer, she has been performing her own works and commissioned projects since 2005. Most recently, returning from Basel, Switzerland this past April 2012, from a performance with the David P. France Dance Company.
For the past six years, Marlo has had the opportunity to work as a published Fashion and Fine-Art (Figure) Model for multiple Photographers, Stylists and Makeup Artists in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Basel. Her ability to transform into a new character through every image quickly gained her the attention of Film Directors in New York and LA. Over the past three years she has starred as an Actress in various short films, including two horror films. She continues to pursue Acting and is currently seeking bi-costal agency representation for Film/TV work.
While living in New York, Marlo began writing lyrics as a new form of dance expression. In 2009 an independent music label from Detroit (III World’s) heard one of her songs titled “The New Black” and partnered with her to release it as a single. Since then, Marlo has been writing and seeking out producers to record demos. Of which, most recently, veteran producer Kaptain K. and Jazz Pianist Henry Jeria (Lifted Crew) on the track “New York Nights” has been getting great reviews among the dancer community in NY. While heavily influenced by the early sounds of New Wave, eighties disco and pop-rock, Marlo’s songs all convey one simple element: The Need To Dance. Both, for her and the listener. Her dance training has developed a rhythmic ear that comes through in her performance and lyrics. As she states:
“I continue to teach myself music theory for my voice. I can sit at the piano and hear the music but, I can’t play it. When I was a kid, it was piano or dance; my family couldn’t afford both. So, my mother decided I should take dance because I was too shy. She put me in an all-black dance academy where I was the only white girl for five years. (I quickly became comfortable with standing out.) While I’m writing, I hear music in my head, but I’m more focused on the lyrics and the rhythm. That’s one thing I love about rap and hip-hop: the structure. I can hear up to six rhythms layered on top of each other in my head and structure movement around them for six bodies in a show. Music visualization, as coined by early Modern Dancer Pioneers, is probably my greatest strength as a performer. So, at the end of the day, I guess no one wants to see me play the piano. They want to see me dance and sing what’s on my mind.”
In Fall 2012, Marlo and her Detroit Team are preparing to create a music video for “The New Black” in Michigan. Still dedicated to the study of motion, Marlo’s kinetic eye takes precedence over any project. Through incorporating her Dance and Acting skills into an intense short (music) film, coupled with a live show in New York, Marlo plans to gain the attention of investors in Detroit or New York, to create and release a full 7-track Pop/Dance EP by December 2012.
Marlo currently resides in New York, while frequently visiting Detroit for work. She holds a BA in Theatre and a Specialization in Choreography & Directing from Michigan State University. She is an Associate Member of the SSDC and currently studying for her Intermediate Certification in Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau.
Weight: 102 lbs.
Hair: Dirty Blonde (Very Long)
Eyes: Ice Blue
Voice: Mezzo/Alto Belt