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.



What Moves You @ Amira Collective

Tastemakers are rare. They influence the world, and hold a power that few have and know how to utilize. But what influences and moves them? I believe Romina Keilhofer, the mastermind behind Amira Collective, is a true tastemaker. Her keen eye for detail, quality, style, emerging talent, and her ability to create good vibes anywhere she goes is practically tangible. I’ve known her for the past several years and consider her one of my closest friends and inspirations. Since I’ve been staying with her in and out of Berlin for the last few weeks I had to ask her to be a part of our What Moves You project!

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Romina: Artist Representative and Director of Amira Collective
Berlin, Germany

What moves you?
New York City moves me. I love the way the people create such colorful lives. The magic of all the different cultures make this place very unique.
Romina works as an artist representative and recently created Amira Collective to promote connections and events for artists. She has worked with companies like Joe by Joe, Cisionaire, SoHa Dance, and more. Based in New York and Berlin, Romina is taking Amira Collective to the global scale by connecting artists and art-lovers around the world. Find out more by following Amira Collective’s Instagram and Twitter.

What Moves You? @ Odilia Egyiawan

You know those moments when you see a performer and you just want to be with them, in their body, to feel what they feel? There is an underrated amount of power in these people and those moments. When I saw Odilia Egyiawan dancing in Of Riders and Running Horses during the Dance Umbrella Festival in London, I had one of those experiences. Her stage presence, musicality, and ability to give herself up to the space without losing herself was truly beautiful and empowering. Lucky for me I was able to chat with Odilia about her incredible performance and ask what moves her…


Odilia Egyiawan: Performer
London, UK

What moves you?
The emotional connection of my present self in correlation with music.

Odilia is known for her alternative Hip Hop style and in 2011 became the UK winner of SDK (Europe’s biggest Street Dance competition) and represented the UK in Chez Republic. She has performed with the top street dance companies including Zoonation ‘Into The Hoods’, Boy Blue Entertainment, D-Clash all female freestyle group form by Nike and was associate director for Avant Garde. Odilia has also danced for artists like Beyonce, Usher, Rita Ora, Cheryl Cole, Major Lazor, LaToya Jackson and The Brit Awards, MOBO Awards, London 2012 Olympics, The Royal Variety Show and many more. Follow Odilia on Instagram and Twitter!

In the beginning

First of all – thank you. All of the support and encouragement around what I am doing has made it possible to do what I do! After four years of working at a major ballet company, I’ve decided to pursue my dream of exploring dance around the world. I just came off a full-length production of my choreography in late August, after producing an event in NYC highlighting Harlem artists… and my next big move is to travel the globe and get inspired by the movers and shakers and tastemakers of our lifetime.

The goal of this blog is simple – to find out what moves the world.

What moves us, as human beings on this earth, and in this life? We’re all motivated by something (or many things) no matter how big or small that inspiration may seem. I know what moves me….dance and human connections! And even that can be manipulated at any moment, depending on my circumstance at any given time. We evolve, and our inspirations can change day-to-day or minute-to-minute. So I want to capture those moments. For myself, and with others. Because we’re all growing together.