Cecilia Fontanesi, PhD


Title: Dancer, Choreographer, Laban Movement Analyst
Company: Overtime Dance Foundation
Location: New York, New York, United States

Cecilia Fontanesi, PhD, Dancer, Choreographer, and Laban Movement Analyst at the Overtime Dance Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements and leadership in dancing.

With 20 years of professional experience, in 2019, Fontanesi started to receive support from the Overtime Dance Foundation, founded by Cathy Appel, to developing performance and dance research projects on indigeneity, belonging and connection to other lands. The same year, Fontanesi began performing for Fly-by-Night Dance Theater, with Artistic Director Julie Ludwick, through a combination of modern dance, aerial dance, and releasing technique. Since 2018, she has been teaching at The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS, New York) as Core Faculty. Fontanesi also taught Anatomy for the Dance Department of Marymount Manhattan College as Adjunct Faculty in 2019, and Movement Observation for the Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Sarah Lawrence College as Teaching Assistant between 2014 and 2016. In 2017, she started serving as Artistic Associate Director for the IDACO NYC (Italian DAnce COnnection) a platform for Italian artists in New York to support exploring and sharing unique artistic paths through movement and choreographic language. Between 2016 and 2018, Fontanesi served as Dance Consultant and Performer at Jody Oberfelder Projects/Overfoot Inc. where she collaborated with choreographer Jody Oberfelder in the development of the short film “Dance of the Neurons” and the performance “The Brain Piece.”

In 2015, Fontanesi co-founded the collective of dancers Parcon NYC together with Dean James Beckwith, Funda Gul, Richard Inkyu Kim, Javaka Steptoe, and Andrew Suseno. Parcon is an inclusive, cooperative, site-specific movement practice that challenges conformity to pedestrian movement through movement and tactile investigation primarily inspired by Parkour and Contact Improvisation. In parallel to her primary roles, since 2016, Fontanesi works as a Dance/Movement Therapist with people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, NYU Langone’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Family Support Program, and Caregivercare, GP Dementia Services New York. Fontanesi is currently completing a Ph.D. in Biology Neuroscience on Dance for Parkinson’s at the Graduate Center (CUNY, New York), in collaboration with The Mark Morris Dance Center.

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