What Moves You? @ Mark Schmidt

Mark and I met at University several years ago, and we’ve stayed in touch and worked together several times since. He is a soul dancer – he was born to dance. Each movement he dances is completely his own. It just pours out of him. Everything about him screams movement, and art, and love and beautiful understanding. I personally admire the ownership over his artistry and I’ve been blessed to call him my friend, teacher, and fellow artist. Naturally, I had to find out what moves him…


Mark Schmidt: Performer and Choreographer
New York, NY

What moves you?
The need to feel vitality, moving dynamically through space-laterally, vertically, in and out of the floor and in the air.
The memory of communal learning experience through dance class with my fellow contemporary dancers in New York.
The need to create in the form of movement improvisation.
My intellectual interest in movement and the body in relationship to itself, others, and space.
Partnering. I love Partnering.  I am addicted to the complex interplay between trust, potential danger, physics, the unknown and sensing.


Mark Schmidt is a performer, choreographer and model living in Brooklyn, NY. He regularly collaborates with artists working in film animation, sound, set and fashion design.  He holds a BA in Cultural Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York and MFA in Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York College at Brockport.  As a choreographer, Mark has produced work for performances at Detroit Contemporary and ArtLabJ in Detroit, and Dixon Theater, Gotham Hall, Chen Dance Center and Triskelion Arts in New York.  In addition to his life in the contemporary dance world, he has appeared in multiple videos for music and fashion by model photographer/film director Rie Rasmussen.  When not performing, Mark can occasionally be found working as a production assistant for art director Reynaldo Davis Carter.  This includes sets for fashion publications Vs. Magazine, Italian Vogue, L’Officiel, and photographer/director Ellen VonUnwerth.