MARK MENDONCA

       Mark Mendonca’s extensive career as a performer and choreographer includes performances for the last three U.S. Presidents, as well as performances on Broadway, television, and concert stages around the world. Mark's dancing was motion captured for the animated feature film, "The Polar Express," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. In the year 2000, Mark was chosen to open for Barbra Streisand's farewell concert tour with performances at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

 

On Broadway, Mark danced in the Tony Award-winning production of "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk,” and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, the Biennale de la Danse, the Joyce Theater, Jacobs Pillow, The Tiger Palast in Frankfurt, Germany and the Apollo Theater, among many others. He has shared the stage with the late tap masters the Nicholas Brothers, Jimmy Slyde, Charles 'Honi' Coles, Eddie Brown, Steve Condos, Chuck Green, Bunny Briggs, Lon Chaney and Buster Brown, and has made numerous appearances with friend and mentor, Gregory Hines, appearing with him in "A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre," and in The Kennedy Center Honors," both televised on ABC. Mark's dancing was featured in the Emmy Award nominated documentary, "Juba: The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance," aired on PBS, and in “The Summit of the Americas,” which aired in Canada.

 

Mark worked with the Jazz Tap Ensemble and went on to form his own company, The Steps Ahead Tap Trio, which toured both nationally and internationally.

 

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