Martha Tornay is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, and the founder of East Village Dance Project (EVDP). She has been recognized for her innovative approach to dance and education, and for offering pre-professional classes to all, regardless of social or economic situation. While maintaining a non-competitive environment, students are encouraged to know the potential that is “stored” in their physical bodies and are nurtured through heightened development of their talents. La MaMa has been presenting Martha’s work for several years. Performances include The Shell-Shocked Nut (an East Village Nutcracker), as a way to heal and bring “light” back to Avenue C after Hurricane Sandy.

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