Mireille Radwan Dana
Mireille Obert aka Radwan-Dana was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up in Rome, Italy, where she studied ballet, modern, flamenco, and folklore dances at the Scuola di Danza Tersicore and violin, piano, and solfeggio at the Conservatory of Music of Santa Cecilia. She then moved to Brussels, Belgium, to attend Maurice Bejart International School of Dance, Mudra, where she studied ballet, modern, music, rhythm, composition and theater from 1986 to 1988. Mireille then joined the Mark Morris Dance Group when they moved to Brussels in 1988 and returned with them to the United States in 1991 where she continued to dance with the company until 2001. During that time she appeared in more then 40 of Mark Morris' works, performing principal roles, and assisted and directed rehearsals as well as taught company classes. Mireille has toured the world and appeared in 5 television specials; she has been featured in articles by Dance Magazine and the Italian Rivista Danza & Danza. She has staged Mark Morris' works on students of Bates College, University of Seattle, State School of Dance in Athens, Greece as well as The White Oak Dance Project. She has conducted workshops with Mark Morris and Dance Umbrella, as well as with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, in the United States and abroad including Boston, Massachusetts and Edinburgh, Scotland. Mireille has also led company workshops at various universities such as Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Skidmore College in New York, and Berkeley College in California, among others, as well as at such international dance festivals as Jacob's Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts.
Mireille has taught and rehearsed the Dancewave Kids Company and is a principal faculty member at the Mark Morris Dance Center teaching ballet, modern and creative dance as well as a director and choreographer for Student Company II, the School's performance group. She has also taught the Dance for Parkinson's group as well as adult and senior classes, and teaches at the Helen Keller Services for the Blind school. Mireille is the founding and principal teacher of the Dance, Music and Literacy community outreach program, Mark Morris Dance Group's in-school residences that introduce Brooklyn school children to the performing and visual arts using one of Mark Morris' most acclaimed evening length works, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. She last performed in Italy in 20014 at the Montepuciano Festival with European choreographer Jacopo Godani.