by Marsha Parrilla – I have been very intentional in the hiring process in my company, precisely because I truly believe in the power of collaboration in the choreographic process. I always make sure I am working with people that are not only talented, but thoughtful, engaging, problem solvers, daring, and open minded. My relationship with my dancers is very organic, and they are very inspiring to me. I have a very diverse and multicultural group, which enables rich discussions that inform our choreographic material. They are contributors to the material, and their ideas are always welcome.