Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Danza Orgánica

Mar Parrilla

Afrotaíno borikua and award-winning choreographer Mar Parrilla is the founding artistic director of Danza Orgánica. She is a proud mother, community organizer, and aspiring herbalist. After attaining a BA in Languages (Italian, French) from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mar crossed the ocean to Nueva York, where she completed a Master's degree in Dance Education at New York University. Now a Boston resident, Parrilla is a recipient of several awards from the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Boston Foundation, among others. She is the recipient of the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award from the Boston Foundation, and the Outstanding Community Arts Collaboration Award in Dance from the Arts/Learning Organization. 
Mar is also the founder of the acclaimed program Dance for Social Justice™, as well as the founding producer of the Boston-based annual festival: We Create! Parrilla is a luminary artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she has been commissioned to create artistic work- and continues to work with in several capacities.
Mar Parrilla/ Danza Orgánica received a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow, where they also performed at the Inside/Out Festival. In 2018, Mar was selected for the city of Boston Artist in Residence program, with a focus on Environmental Justice. Currently, she is collaborating with Puerto Rico-based artists on a residency-based multiyear cultural exchange towards the development of Melaza: a project that explores the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States of North America. She is also working in close collaboration with members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, through a multiyear partnership between Danza Orgánica, the Aquinnah Cultural Center, and The Yard. 
Mar has been a dance educator in Boston and NYC public schools, Boston University, New York State University at Stony Brook, Wesleyan University, and Roxbury Community College, to name a few. Currently, she is faculty at Emerson College.

Mar's production history includes annual company concerts since 2007, as well as the annual festival: We Create! (running since 2014). She is also the founder and curator of the Dance Research Online Forum- a site dedicated to free and progressive dance education.
For awards and recognition, please visit our website:

Mar speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and Italian fluently.


Danza Orgánica Core Values


Founded in 2007 by Mar Parrilla- Danza Orgánica is a Boston-based dance theater company whose work is centered around equity, social justice and decolonization.

Through high-quality performance, education (Dance for Social Justice™), and our annual festival We Create, we work with-and-for communities interested in embodying a liberated future. We honor our right to express our BIPOC experience, joyfully reimagine ourselves in liberated BIPOC bodies, and leave a legacy that sheds light upon an untold side of history.

We are in solidarity with BIPOC, LGBTQI, and communities that face racial, ability-based, economic, xenophobic and/or colonial oppression. 


We are committed to working with and for the community. We start within our own community in Danza Orgánica- a relationship based on love, trust, respect, and committed to our mission. 

Our commitment includes:

an anti-racist and de-colonial praxis within our creations, performance, and work with the community.
performance: we are committed to bringing high quality dance theater to boston and beyond. we recognize the need for equity and anti-racist frameworks in our community, and work towards that goal. 
dance for social justice: we are committed to working collaboratively with the community through a facilitated process of social justice-oriented art creations. our signature program: dance for social justice, has been designed for all members of society, of all ages and abilities.
bipoc artists: we facilitate a platform that amplifies the experiences of bipoc artists in our society, through our annual festival: we create!  this is an anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and decolonial platform.
borikén (puerto rico): we are committed to amplifying the borikua experience in the united states and beyond. we do so via our collaborative project: proyecto melaza.
we are committed to supporting indigenous communities as we continue our journey towards decolonization. we do so through community-oriented gatherings, community-based artistic creations, performance work, collaborations, and ongoing solidarity.



Additional Links: 
Recent collection of DO performances.
Creative Residency at Jacob's Pillow.
Creative Residency at Jacob's Pillow.

I Have Worked With

  • November 2020

    November 16: mar parrilla leads an online lecture/workshop on AfroIndigeneity (being AfroTaino) via Rhode Island Latino Arts. 

  • October 2020

    October 12: mar parrilla featured at Indigenous Peoples' Day at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

  • September 2020

    September 26: mar parrilla led a community dance protest in Egleston Square, with a focus on #sayhername and Breonna Taylor. This event was made possible with the support of Justice on the Stoop event, curated by Marlon Forrester. Roxbury, MA. 


  • NEFA Grantee
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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer
Physical Address: 
30 Atherton Street
Boston, MA 02119
Last Name: 
(718) 288-9096


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Folk
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Video
Music - Ethnic / World
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Boston Dance Alliance, Tony Williams Dance Center, Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Jose Mateo Ballet Theater
African Dance (different styles), Afro Brazilian/Samba, Afro Caribbean, Ballet, Bomba y Plena, Capoeira Angola, Contact Improvisation, Dance Improvisation, Drama/Dance Theater, Dunham Technique, Experimental Dance, Flamenco, Jazz, Modern, Salsa, Taiko Dr
M.A. Dance/Dance Education, January 2004, New York University - NY, NY; B.A. Modern Languages May 1998, University of Puerto Rico - San Juan, PR; Training: African Dance
Awarded a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow. February 20-26, 2017.
Recipient of New England Dance Fund, awarded by the New England Foundation for the Arts, 2016
Selected as Luminary Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Neighborhood Salon 2016-2017 (by nomination only)
Recipient of scholarship for the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, 2016
Recipient of New England Foundation of the Arts' Creative City Grant, for the project: Running in Stillness, 2016-2017.
Recipient of a Festival Programs Grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council towards the annual festival: We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts, 2016.
Space Grant at Tony Williams Ballet, 2015-2016; Featured at the Boston Neighborhood Network program: Around Town- for the festival We Create: Celebrating Women in the Arts, 2015; Green Street Studios company residency, 2014-2015
Creative City Grantee/Alum Network
Recipient of Brother Thomas Fellowship, 2017
Recipient of Next Steps Grant (tBf) 2018
Recipient of LAB Grants (2017, 2018)
Awarded a Creative Development Residency at The Yard, 2017
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
Danza Orgánica awarded the Outstanding Community Arts Collaboration Award in Dance, from Arts/Learning. 2019.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Open space suitable for dance.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
MA in Dance Education, NYU
Massachusetts Certified Dance Teacher K-12
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