Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Danza Orgánica

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 bachelor's degree in languages (italian, french) from la 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. mar is also a luminary artist at the isabella stewart gardner museum, where she has been commissioned to create artistic work. in 2017, parrilla was awarded the brother thomas fellowship award from the boston foundation. danza orgánica was invited to a creative development residency at jacob's pillow, and performed at the jacob's pillow dance inside/out festival. parrilla is the founder and producer of the boston-based acclaimed annual festival: 'we create!'. 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 local native american communities in massachusetts, with a focus on best practices towards decolonization. she is also collaborating with puerto rico-based artists on a residency-based cultural exchange towards the development of proyecto melaza: a project that  explores the colonial relationship between puerto rico and the united states of north america. most recently (2019), parrilla was awarded an 'outstanding community arts collaboration award in dance' from the arts/learning organization.

Danza Orgánica supports women’s rights. We bring this to light with our annual festival: We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts.



danza orgánica core values


    we strive to leave the world and planet better than we inherited it for our future generations. amor y justicia social are our foundation. we are in solidarity with bipoc (black & brown, indigenous, poc), lgbtqi, and underrepresented/marginalized communities that face racial, ability-based, economic, xenophobic and/or colonial oppression. we rewrite our stories through peeling off layers of conditioning, extensive research, generating new movement, and creating new narratives that represent us as we want to be represented. we actively work towards an antiracist artistic and community-based praxis that decolonizes: the mind/body/spirit, the earth, food, wealth, education, health, and our colonial systems- hence reinventing our way of existing-in and experiencing the world.


we are committed to working with and for the community. we start within our own community in danza orgánica- a relationship based on love, openness, solidarity, mutual respect, and commitment 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.
puerto rico: we are committed to amplifying the puerto rican 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 solidarity.



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

I Have Worked With

  • June 2020

    Virtual performance at Cadencia Latina.

  • June 2020

    June 30, 7PM: mar parrilla reads at "a meditation on indigenous life", with poetry by robert peters (mashpee wampanoag), and hosted by wgbh.

  • March 2020

    Performance at the inaugural Motion State Arts Festival in Rhode Island.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer
Mailing Address: 
30 Atherton Street
Boston, MA 02119
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: 
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State of Residence: 
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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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