John-Mario Sevilla, director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, hails from Paukūkalo, Maui. He also teaches at New York University Steinhardt. He was the Director of Education at New York City Ballet and the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL).
John-Mario has danced in the companies of Pilobolus, Rebecca Stenn, From the Horse’s Mouth, Daman Harun, Erin Dudley, Lisa Giobbi, Nikolais and Louis, Shapiro and Smith, Janis Brenner, Anna Sokolow, and Bill Cratty. John-Mario also performed with juggler Michael Moschen, film animator Laura Margulies, drag artist Sherry Vine, poet John Unterecker, and Navajo sandpainter-healer Walking Thunder.
John-Mario’s choreography has appeared in New York City at LaMaMa, NYU Steinhardt, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92Y Tribeca, Dance Theatre Workshop, Columbia University, ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Asia Society, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, as well as at universities throughout the country.
John-Mario is dance student of Betty Jones and a student of the hula with Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt and June Kaililani Tanoue. He has an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MFA in Dance Performance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.