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Dance Mentorship


January 4-22, 2021

Para.Mar Dance Theatre

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Week 1 ~ January 4-8

Week 2 ~ January 11-15

Week 3 ~ January 18-22

Pacific Standard Time:

3-4:15 pm Technique

4:30-6 pm Repertory

Stephanie Martinez ~ Artistic Director

Over eleven years of award-winning works, Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez moves her audiences along a journey guided by the kinetic momentum of her work. With original creations for Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Charlotte Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, and National Choreographers Initiative among others, Martinez’s versatility expands the boundaries of contemporary ballet movement. Martinez has created over 60 ballets on companies and collegiate programs across the country.

In 2015, Martinez was awarded Joffrey Ballet’s “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color” commission and the Chicago 3Arts Award in recognition for her work as a female artist of color. More recently, Martinez was awarded an NEA grant for her premiere of Bliss! with Joffrey Ballet. Dubbed “a chameleon” of choreography by the Chicago Tribune, Martinez’s psychologically revelatory works challenge the viewer’s notion of what’s possible.


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In July of 2020, Stephanie Martinez founded PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, a Chicago-based contemporary repertory company. In the naming of the company, Stephanie blended her last name Martinez and the Spanish prefix para as an ode to her individual identity and broader Mexican heritage. Together with the goal of continued innovation in dance as an essential mode of human expression, PARA.MAR is centered on the unique identities of its artist and audiences by providing performance grounded in excellence and accessibility. 

Noelle Kayser ~ rehearsal director

Noelle Kayser's professional career began in 2011 at Luna Negra Dance Theater with an apprenticeship under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano- where she performed the company's repertoire domestically and internationally. In 2013, Noelle joined glo, an Atlanta-based collaborative performance platform founded by Lauri Stallings. Other credits include the Proia Dance Project, Erik Thurmond’s Ripple, Gathering Wild, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Scrap Theater Group's one-woman play Leda.

Noelle was a member of Visceral Dance Chicago under the direction of Nick Pupillo from 2015 through 2018. While at Visceral, Noelle had the opportunity to perform works by Marguerite Donlon, Danielle Agami, Kevin O’Day, Alice Klock, Stephanie Martinez, and many others.  Noelle was a member of Northwest Dance Project under the direction of Sarah Slipper from 2019 through 2020. While at Northwest, Noelle had the opportunity to perform works by Sarah Slipper, Wen Wei Wang, Ihsan Rustem, and Patrick Delcroix. Noelle has also performed with Benjamin Wardell’s The Cambrians and Atlanta’s Fly On A Wall. Noelle has set her own choreography on Chicago’s Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, Moonwater Dance Project, and Atlanta’s Kit Modus. Her piece for Kit Modus - The Excursion: Realized - was named a 2018 Highlight of the Year by ArtsATL. In addition to dance and choreography, Noelle has narrated 16 audiobooks for Listen Up Productions /, and appeared in industrial

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Noelle has been a rehearsal director and dancer for PARA.MAR Dance Theatre under the direction of Stephanie Martinez since its inception in July of 2020. 



  • 15+

  • previous dance training & passion for movement

  • performance experience or curiosity about sharing dance with others

  • desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute 



There is no fee to apply. 

Send the following materials to​

  • Video Statement of Interest (talk to camera about yourself and why you are interested in Dance Mentorship at HAVEN)

  • Biography and/or Resume 

  • Links to Application Video(s)​

Please upload your Video Statement of Interest and Application Videos to Dropbox,  Vimeo, or Youtube, and provide links (include passwords if needed). Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered.




Please include the following in your application video(s):

  • 1 minute of improvisation 

  • 1-3 minutes of performance or rehearsal footage (on stage if possible, but any setting acceptable)

Send links  (include passwords if needed) that connect directly to videos posted to Dropbox, Vimeo, or Youtube. Do NOT send videos that need to be downloaded. 



Applications accepted until programs have reached capacity. If a program has reached capacity, we will indicate as such in bright red on our website. 


$400 per week / $1200 for 3 weeks


Full and partial scholarships are available for mentees that apply and are accepted. 

Step 1 - apply

Step 2 - receive notification of acceptance

Step 3 - send the following materials to

  • Written Statement of Financial Need

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

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