MashUp Contemporary Dance Commemorates National Women's Equality Day

Published on August 05, 2022

Power August 27

MashUp Contemporary Dance commissions four women choreographers to contemplate ideas and structures of power in a full-length dance piece.


Premiering August 26, 2022

Musicians Choice Studio
3820 Hoke Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232

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An intimate visual experience choreographed to an original score, P O W E R dissects the meaning of power and how it affects lives on individual, collective, and global scales. What is power? Who innately has power? Why? How is power transferred? What does power mean within marginalized groups? How do we generate power? All of these questions and more will be examined through this collaboration between MashUp’s 4-women artistic leadership team, with music by songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald.

6 PM Doors Open Come early to enjoy light refreshments and a gallery display of dance photography inspired by the performance.

6:30 PM Panel with Special Guests Discussion examining ideas around collective and individual power.

7:30 PM Performance - $30 General Admission



Madison Hicks — P O W E R Choreographer

Madison Hicks is a freelance teacher, choreographer, and performer, originally from Dallas, Texas. She performed as a full-time company member for A Dance Project’s 18/19 season, under the direction of Benjamin Millepied. Holding a BFA from The Juilliard School in May 2018, Madison will receive her MFA in Choreography in 2021 from California Institute of the Arts, and has been a guest choreographer for Avant Chamber Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, and MashUp as well! Madison Hicks’ piece, Fragility.

Sarah Rodenhouse — P O W E R Choreographer

Sarah Rodenhouse co-founded MashUp Contemporary Dance Company with Victoria Brown to elevate female-identifying artists. Her formal dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern includes Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Millennium Dance Complex, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and Towson University. Sarah has studied various forms of dance in London, Florence, Melbourne, Bangkok, and Capetown. As a believer in holistic wellness, Sarah also founded Moved LA (, a creative movement workshop for every *BODY* that encourages participants to question their physical and mental perspectives.

Stephanie Heckert — P O W E R Choreographer

Stephanie Gevone Heckert, an Iowa native, has studied and performed for more than 22 years, 11 of them based in California. Driven by her passion for arts accessibility and education, she’s dedicated much of her career to teaching in LA dance studios and LA’s BEST an LAUSD After School Program. With performance credits including The CW, NBC, and LA Fashion Week, Stephanie skillfully balances commercial productions, concert dance, and education; bringing a unique perspective to our Creative Council. Currently, Stephanie is entering her 7th season with us, as a MashUp Company dancer.

Victoria Brown — P O W E R Choreographer

Victoria Brown has 20+ years of training in modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet. As an African-American woman, Victoria is passionate about addressing equity, inclusion, and diversity within *all* areas of the dance field, thereby purposefully working in a wide variety of settings, in addition to co-founding MashUp Contemporary. Her choreography credits include: Forever 21, NewEgg, Phil Beaudreau, Choreographers Ball, Battlefest, and the LA Follies. She is the Dance Coach for Mira Costa High School’s Dance Team, as well as the Artistic Director of the Artistry Performing Arts Complex.

Margot MacDonald — P O W E R Composer

Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band, featured on NPR and TEDx; songwriter, vocalist and live looper. Originally a guitarist and pianist, Margot now focuses on unconventional vocal accompaniments, created and looped live into 20-part rhythmic a cappella pieces. Margot hails from and remains  active  in  the  DC  music  scene.  She  is  a three-time winner of the Washington Area Music Association 'Artist of the Year' award, a recipient of DC’s Power 30 Under 30 and Washington City Paper's "Best Singer" accolades, a SXSW & CMJ Music Festival performer, and an Artist-in-Residence alumna of Iceland's Saga Fest and the Music Center at Strathmore.


In response to the slim ratio of opportunity per number of females in the dance industry in Los Angeles, MashUp Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 2010 to provide more avenues for women in dance to be heard and seen. On a mission to uplift female-identifying artists and build community through dance, MashUp has worked with over 300 women artists, produced 7 full-length works and 4 dance films, performed throughout Los Angeles County, and toured at several national festivals. Currently, the company sustains 7 programs, in addition to community performances, education residencies, an award given to honor exemplary women leaders in LA Dance, and other events. Leading with core values of empowerment, creativity, community, diversity, and innovation, MashUp aims to embody and exemplify inspirational, inclusive leadership and collaboration within the arts, spark conversation around intersectional feminist ideologies; democratize the creative process; and work towards a more equitable future for the dance industry and beyond.



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