Amber Star Merkens
Amber Star Merkens is originally from Newport, Oregon, where she studied under Nancy Mittleman. She received her B.F.A. from The Juilliard School, and went on to dance with the Limón Dance Company before joining the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2001. She is a Princess Grace Award recipient, and has been featured as a soloist in many Mark Morris works. She has presented her own choreography both in New York and abroad, taught in public schools, universities, and private studios, and currently teaches the MMDG student company, adult and teen repertory workshops, and conditioning classes for new mothers at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Amber also works as a freelance photographer, and is a BAI trained postpartum doula.