(METUCHEN, NJ) -- ~mignolo dance~ has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their 2021-22 season. They are looking to raise $5,000. The project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, December 15 at midnight.
~mignolo dance~ is a 501-c3 nonprofit contemporary dance company founded by sisters, Charly and Eriel Santagado, in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists to create new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement.
On the Kickstarter Page they say, "Become a ~mignolo dance~ member this Giving Tuesday by pledging a tax-deductible donation to our annual Kickstarter! With a small monthly contribution, members enjoy exclusive benefits including recognition on our website and discounted studio rentals and tickets. Don't want to become a member, but would still like to donate? No problem! Any amount is deeply appreciated, especially during these trying times. As you're probably well aware, performing arts organizations have suffered greatly as a result of the pandemic and we are no exception. Please feel free to share our Kickstarter with anyone who may be interested in contributing and thank you so much for being a supporter of ~mignolo dance~. We couldn't do it without you!"
You can also support ~mignolo~ by shopping for your favorite things on Amazon thanks to their Amazon Smile account. When you make your purchases through Amazon Smile, a portion of each purchase price will be donated to the dance company at no extra charge for you. Visit smile.amazon.com and search "mignolo" to get started.
~mignolo dance~ is led by Charly Santagado, Artistic Director, and Eriel Santagado, Associate Artistic Director. The company lists Dylan Balka, Bailey Benoot, Nathan Forster, Karolina Holmstrom, and Mikeale Morisato as The Collaborators.
Charly Santagado, co-founder and Artistic Director of ~mignolo dance~ is a dancer and choreographer originally from Orlando, Florida, currently residing in Metuchen, New Jersey. Her work has been produced at more than twenty venues around the tristate area including Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, GK Arts Center, City Center Studios, The Secret Theatre, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Peridance, Triskelion Arts, Suzanne Roberts Theater, and Baruch Performing Arts Center. She studied with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Ga’aton Israel from 2018-2019, was part of the 2019 Dance Canvas Choreographic Initiative, was selected for coLAB Arts’ 2019 new choreography commission, and was project leader at Earthdance’s 2019 EMERGE Collaborative Residency. She actively collaborates with Arts by the People and was a 2019-2020 Urbanity Next resident choreographer. Find her on Instagram @charlymoves.
Eriel Santagado, co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of ~mignolo dance~, started dancing at the age of 2 and grew up as a competitive dancer, winning two national titles at American Dance Awards. She recently graduated from the Honors College at Rutgers University with a major in evolutionary anthropology, a minor in dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, and was a competitive gymnast on the Division 1 gymnastics team. She choreographs and performs alongside her sister, Charly, in numerous dance festivals and has presented at many venues around the tristate area including Triskelion Arts, Suzanne Roberts Theater, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Wild Project, Gibney, and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Find her on Instagram @erielgs.