Marjani Forte '04

"I continuously marvel at the blessing of having attended an institution with such amazing resources, accessible and dedicated professors, and an inspiring alumni network. It was this campus that ignited my activism, my leadership, and my quest for knowledge. Thanks LMU!"

Marjani Forte is a performer, instructor and choreographer. She is a graduate of Los Angeles High School for the Arts and Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Business Marketing and a second major in Dance. Marjani has worked with several artists and companies including Earl Mosely, Garth Fagan, Blondell Cummings, and Camille Brown. She is a performing member of Urban Bush Women Dance Co., and Nia Love's Blacksmith's Daughter. She has taught master classes and workshops across the U.S. and internationally- including Germany, England, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela.

As an emerging choreographer she has studied with artists such as Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parsons of Big Dance Theatre and presented work for DNA's WIP Series, Irondale's Fall Festival, 60x60 Dance Fest NYC, New Orleans McKenna Museum, and more. Marjani is excited to be returning to Loyola Marymount University as choreographer-in-residence this fall, and looks forward to her growth as a woman, artist, activist, lover, sister, auntie, and daughter.

Andrea Parson '08

"I often reflect on my LMU experience and am amazed at how it continues to serve me everyday. I'm so thankful for the opportunity I had to develop myself as a performing artist while also acquiring the many benefits of a liberal arts education. In the dance program, I found guidance and mentorship from an especially knowledgeable and generous faculty. LMU offers its students more than an education. LMU guides students in developing the whole person, and I am so blessed to have attended such a unique institution."

Andrea Parson began her early classical training in Hillsboro, Oregon at the Northwest Conservatory of Dance. She attended summer programs with the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Northwest Dance Project. She earned her B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. After graduating in 2009 she joined the Northwest Dance Project and has danced original roles in the works of Aszure Barton, Sarah Slipper, James Canfield, Luca Veggetti, Andrea Miller, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Maurice Causey, Wen Wei Wang, Alejandro Cerrudo, Cayetano Soto and Edgar Zendejas.

In June of 2010 she was featured in Dance Magazine as "Dancer on the Rise." In July of 2010 she studied counter technique with Anouk van Dijk Dance Company. Recognized as an emerging artist in dance, Andrea is a 2010 Princess Grace Award recipient. Andrea is also dedicated to teaching dance and working on her own choreographic projects.

Alex Crow '10

"The gratitude that I have for my education at Loyola Marymount University is staggering. It is clear proof of the excellence that resides in both the part-time and full-time faculty, and their sincere dedication to each of their student's growth. As a recent alumni, I feel that I have the tools that I need to become an active member in the dance community, and I have LMU to thank for that!"

Alex Crow is originally from Toledo, Ohio, where she started her training at the age of three. She traveled and performed around the country with companies such as The Catz Squad, Company C Dance, and the Ballet Theatre of Toledo until she began her education as a dance major at Loyola Marymount University. The birth of her professional performance career began with Justin Giles in his debut company SoulEscape out of Dallas, Texas. She has since then had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Tina Landon in Rihanna's 2008 VMA performance Disturbia, Michael Esperanza with his company BARE where she held a principle role, as well as Damon Rago as a featured soloist in Palindrome Dance Company.

She is currently working with Holly Johnston and her company Ledges and Bones Dance Project as a dancer and teaching assistant.