Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Danza Orgánica

Danza Orgánica (DO) is a Boston-based Contemporary Dance Theater company founded in 2007 by Afro Borikua artist Marsha Parrilla. In 2019, DO was awarded the Outstanding Community Arts Collaboration Award in Dance, by Arts/Learning Organization.
Danza Orgánica unfolds societal issues through intensive research and collaboration, and embodies these findings to create challenging and honest dance theater. DO reaches within the ordinary and extraordinary movements of the body- to produce complex, refreshing, and engaging dance-theater performances. We transcend disciplines, combining different art forms, while still retaining a primacy for dance and movement.



We are intrepid and resilient. We take risks and dance stronger together. We strive to leave our community better than we inherited it. We are in solidarity with underrepresented voices that face the “isms”. Love and social justice are our foundation. We rewrite our stories through creative movement that de-colonizes our bodies and reinvents our way of experiencing the world within an anti-racist framework.

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



Through dance-theater, Danza Orgánica envisions an equitable society free of oppression. We provide educational and performance opportunities for the community through workshops, lecture demonstrations, and our annual festival. We engage in meaningful collaborations, and work directly with the community through intentional partnerships. We honor process as the key element in our creative work, and share all stages of our creative process with the community.

“Danza Orgánica is bountiful in its joy, trenchant in its commentary, and spiritual in the stillness within the movement.” Pamela Thayer


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

I Have Worked With

  • July 2015

    2015- present time

    D.O. has been involved with the Tony Williams Dance Center as a place for rehearsal, performances, and more.



  • 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

Technical Requirements: 
Open space suitable for dance.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

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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Fee Range Maximum: