Honduran born, Philippine and USA raised, Mariadela Belle Alvarez is an artist and educator working with dance and social engagement at the intersections of activism, culture, and interfaith organizing.
Using interdisciplinary collaboration to inform her choreography, facilitation, and community engagement practice, Alvarez aims to offer a joyful, healing, nourishing experience that catalyzes reflection, unity, and collective transformation. A soulful storyteller, she creates movement based performance projects and designs programming for communities of all ages throughout the Delaware River Watershed.
Alvarez has been awarded residencies through Leah Stein Dance Company (2018), the Painted Bride Art Center (2017), and Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre (2016). In recent years, she trained with Contra-Tiempo, LA-based Urban Latin Dance Theater company, and Maria Bauman of MBDance. She has performed with Ani Gavino/Malayaworks, The Outlet Dance Project, and the Kimmel Center’s Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (2016 and 2018).
An artist-activist, Alvarez has an ongoing relationship with Sanctuary Advocate Coalition, the Aquinas Center, and Arch Street United Methodist Church where she employs creative tools to assist in direct actions and cultivate resilience among local migrants, allies, and organizers of color.
An active arts educator honored with a scholarship from the Bartol Foundation in 2016 and selected for the inaugural class of Trauma Informed Practice for Teaching Artists training in 2018, Alvarez educates children K-12 as a Teaching Artist with award-winning Pierre Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms and Friends Central School. Past arts in education residencies include programs with Koresh Dance Company, Yes! And... Collaborative Arts, Art-Reach, and Live Connections.
Mariadela Belle Alvarez earned her BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an Associate of Performance instructing Modern Dance at Swarthmore College.