Who We Are


~mignolo dance~ is a contemporary dance company founded by sisters Charly and Eriel Santagado in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists throughout the tristate area. Their work explores elements of various artistic mediums through the lens of movement.


Artistic Director/Co-Founder - Charly Santagado (left)

Co-Director/Co-Founder - Eriel Santagado (right)


“This is the sound itself visualized. Every movement fits every timbre, every tempo. They’re not just choreographing to the music or poetry, - they’re choreographing the music or poetry itself.” - Jerry Hochman of CriticalDance


What We do


Translation studies No. 4 & 5 (2019)

Choreography: Charly Santagado

Translation Studies No. 4 & 5 dissect a series of two poems, directly translating each individual word into its own movement, creating a literal vocabulary that exactly maps to the English language used in the poems.


Flourish (2019)

Choreography: Charly Santagado

Flourish was created for coLAB Arts’ Motion: New Dance Works Commission in partnership with Schools That Can and embodies the mission of providing students with real world learning opportunities.


Translation Study No. 3 (2018)

Choreography: Eriel Santagado

Translation Study No. 3 is a translation of Nocturne, Op. posth. in C-Sharp Minor: Lento by Frederic Chopin. The movement was constructed in coordination the sheet music for the piano solo.


Partitioning Possibilities (2018)

Choreography: Charly Santagado

Partitioning Possibilities is an exploration of site-specific geometric structure. The title is a shortening of the common philosophical phrase / practice of partitioning the space of possibilities.


translation study No. 2 (2018)

Choreography: Charly Santagado

Translation Study No. 2 seeks to translate sound into movement through the deconstruction and exploration of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. A literal and nuanced interpretation attempts to show the form and message of the initial work in a new light.


translation study No. 1 (2017)

Choreography: Charly & Eriel Santagado

Translation Study No. 1 is a first pass at translation from sound to movement. The music, Konnakkol by the Karnataka College Of Percussion, is deconstructed and explored through movement. The theme is the general translatability of "art" across media.


Almost Past Measure (2017)

Choreography: Charly Santagado

Almost Past Measure explores the confines of time and exemplifies an attempt at transcending it. Although the ticking of the clock slowly fades throughout the piece, it never fully disappears.


Where To Find Us


Friday-Sunday, October 25-27 @ 8PM + Saturday Matinee @ 2PM: re-NOV-ate @ Alchemical Studios - Manhattan, NY

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Thursday, November 14 @ 8PM and Sunday, November 17 @ 2PM: Your Move @ Loew’s Theater - Jersey City, NJ

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Saturday, November 23 @ 7PM: Across The Platform @ Madison Community Art Center at Rose Hall, Madison, NJ

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Sunday, November 24 @ 7PM: Come Together Dance Festival @ Suzanne Roberts Theatre - Philadelphia, PA

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Sunday, December 1 @ 3:30PM: ShowDown @ Gibney - Manhattan, NY

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Friday, December 6 @ 7:30PM: JCAL’s First Friday Series - Queens, NY

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Friday, December 13: International Human Rights Arts Festival - Manhattan, NY

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Friday-Saturday, May 22-23: Manifested Destiny @ Jersey City Theatre Center - Jersey City, NJ

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Spitball V @ The Baumann - October, 2019

Fall New Works Series @ TADA! Youth Theater - October, 2019

Culture Crawl 2019 @ Hamilton Stage - September, 2019

Dance on the Lawn @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church - September, 2019

The Craft @ Threes Brewing - September, 2019

Inclined Dance Project’s InQuad Performance Series @ Dixon Place - August, 2019

That Which Connects Dance Festival @ Gordon Theatre - August, 2019

HATCH Presenting Series @ The Jennifer Muller/The Works Studio - August, 2019

Translations by ~mignolo dance~ @ HERE Arts Center - July, 2019

Mobile Dance Film Festival @ 92Y - July, 2019

Performance Party @ Arts on Site - July, 2019

Our Women Before Us POP: Still Life @ Gibney - June, 2019

Continuum Dance Co. Season 3 Showcase @ Union County PAC - June, 2019

Newburgh Illuminated Festival @ Ritz Theater - June, 2019

Sans Limites 2019 MOVEMENT: SYZYGY @ Hudson Guild Theater - June, 2019

Metuchen World Day @ Old Franklin Schoolhouse - May, 2019

DanceFest Milford @ St. Patrick’s Church - May, 2019

Small Plates Choreography Festival @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church - May, 2019

Dance Film Lab @ Gibney - May, 2019

WAXworks @ Triskelion Arts - April, 2019

HEARD @ VASU STUDIO - April, 2019

New Wave Dance Festival @ Paul Taylor Studios - April, 2019

SMUSH Moves Vol. 6 @ SMUSH Gallery - April, 2019

Ticket Launch for Sans Limites @ Hart Bar - March, 2019

Ariel Rivka Dance & Guests @ Baruch Performing Arts Center - March, 2019

Dance Canvas Performance Series @ Ferst Center for the Arts - March, 2019

HATCH Presenting Series @ The Jennifer Muller/The Works Studio - March, 2019

Motion: New Dance Works @ Loree Dance Theater - March, 2019

Come Together Dance Festival @ Suzanne Roberts Theater - November, 2018

Triskelion Dance Film Festival @ Triskelion Arts - November, 2018

APEX Showcase of Dancemakers @ Peridance - August, 2018

KYL/D InHale Performance Series @ CHI Movement Arts Center - August, 2018

SummerFest @ Triskelion Arts - July, 2018

Koresh Artist Showcase @ David Cooper Black Box Theater - July, 2018

KoDaFe  @ Ailey Citigroup Theater -  June, 2018

Common Ground by Impact Movement Collective @ The Secret Theatre - June, 2018

Newburgh Illuminated Festival @ Ritz Theater Outdoor Stage - June, 2018

Amalgamate Artist Series @ City Center Studios - May, 2018

SMUSH Moves Vol. 2 @ SMUSH Gallery - April, 2018

NYC Dance & Music Festival @ Davenport Theatre - April, 2018

The Craft New York @ Threes Brewing - October, 2017

Dumbo Dance Festival @ GK Arts Center - October, 2017

KoDaFe @ Manhattan Movement & Arts Center - June, 2017

Newburgh Illuminated Festival @ Ritz Theater Outdoor Stage - June, 2017


The Company


charly santagado

Charly Santagado, co-founder and artistic director of ~mignolo dance~ is a dancer and choreographer originally from Orlando, Florida, currently residing in Metuchen, New Jersey. Her work has been produced at more than twenty venues around the tristate area including Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, GK Arts Center, City Center Studios, The Secret Theatre, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Paul Taylor Studios, Peridance, Triskelion Arts, Suzanne Roberts Theater, and Baruch Performing Arts Center. She studied with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Ga’aton Israel from 2018-2019, was selected for coLAB Arts’ new choreography commission in 2019.


Eriel Santagado

Eriel Santagado, co-founder and co-director of ~mignolo dance~, started dancing at the age of 2 and grew up as a competitive dancer, winning two national titles at American Dance Awards. She is currently a senior at Rutgers University where she competes on the Division 1 Gymnastics team and is a member of the Honors College, majoring in evolutionary anthropology. She choreographs and performs alongside her sister, Charly, in numerous dance festivals and is completing a minor in dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she’s had her work shown on multiple occasions.

A note from Charly and Eriel:

People often ask us if “mignolo” means anything; it is the Italian word for pinky finger, but to us it is so much more than that.

Growing up, along with being dancers, we were competitive gymnasts. At a gymnastics meet when were young, we were sitting with our Uncle Charlie, telling him how we were nervous. He replied in a dramatic Italian accent holding up his pinky finger: “You two have more talent in your pinky fingers than all those competitors have in their entire bodies.” After that, to calm our nerves at meets, we told each other to Remember The Pinky, even making signs to hold up at larger competitions.

At some point in high school, we decided that we would eventually start our own professional dance company. We knew early on that we wanted to incorporate the pinky into our company name, and after our uncle died in March of 2017 at only 53, we officially decided on it, performing for the first time as a company only a few months later. After that shocking day in March, we knew that we had an even more important reason to name our company mignolo.

So, when we think of mignolo, we think of strength, of all of the difficult experiences that we’ve been through to arrive where we are today, and of our uncle and how our work can serve as a tribute to not just his life, but to the beauty of life and art in general. If ever you are out there questioning your own value, whether it be in relation to another person, society at large, or yourself, we hope that you will “remember the pinky”, the one that we all have in one aspect of life or another, and feel a surge of worth and love for yourself and the world surrounding you.


Bailey Benoot

Bailey Benoot is a movement artist and choreographer from Detroit, Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude in 2019 with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has performed at Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion Arts, the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage, Judson Church, and the Kennedy Center among other venues. In her collegiate career, she performed works by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Mark Morris, Christian Von Howard, and Chien-Ying Wang. As a choreographer, she has premiered her work at Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies showcase, the ACDA Northeast Conference, as well as various showcases at Mason Gross School of the Arts.  In addition to working as a dancer, Bailey does costume and lighting design for ~mignolo~.


Emory Campbell

Emory Campbell joined ~mignolo dance~ in 2019. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, she began pursuing dance at age 13 at LaGuardia High School and the Taylor School. She went on to study dance at The Hartt School at University of Hartford, where she performed in classical works by Martha Graham and Jose Limon, as well as original pieces by contemporary choreographers such as Gregory Dolbashian, Nobert De La Cruz III, Loni Landon and Take Uyama. She also performed with Pier Group Dance, Full Force Dance Theater, and Opera Connecticut before graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2016. Since returning to NYC Emory has performed with The Francesca Harper Project, Bryce Dance, Of Bones/Hollye Bynum, Zoo City Theatre Group, The Dance Collective, Depth Dance, Hatchworks, in Nick Cave’s “The Let Go” at the Park Avenue Armory and in Arcade Amerikana at Industry City.


Frances Fuller

Frances Fuller grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey where she began her training at The Dance Stop Dance Education Center under the direction of Gina Forcella. Frances decided to continue her training through college, at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. She received her BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet Pedagogy in May of 2017. Through reparatory at The Hartt School she has performed works such as Psalm and Mazurkas by Jose Limon both staged by Nina Watt, new contemporary works by director of The Hartt School - Stephen Pier, and the woman in yellow in Diversion of Angels by Martha Graham.  She has also worked with Take Ueyama, Doug Varone, and Adam Barruch during her studies there. Since graduation, Frances has been working closely with The Hartford Dance Collective, an all female contemporary dance company. She also teaches dance to all ages and has recently become a pilates instructor. 

Nicole Gallo

Nicole Gallo joined ~mignolo dance~ in 2018. Born and raised in New Jersey, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop at Wendi Sue Porter School of Dance. Nicole graduated cum laude from Georgian Court University in 2018 with a BA in Dance under the direction of Silvana Cardell. She has performed works by Steven Vaughn, Sidra Bell, Stefanie Batten Bland, Gregory King, and Daniel Gwirtzman, among others. Nicole attended Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria (2016), Parsons Dance Summer Intensive in New York City (2017), and presented her choreography “Exhale” at American College Dance Festival in Montclair, NJ (2018). She has had the privilege of performing at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Koresh Dance Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, and many other venues.


Karolina HolmstroM

Karolina Holmstrom, originally from Parsippany, NJ, holds a BFA in dance performance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2019 and holds a membership with the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  At Rutgers, she worked with choreographers and artists such as Cleo Mack, Netta Yerushalmy, Randy James, David Torres, Blair Ritchie, Pam Tanowitz, Ani Javian, and Lauren Grant of the Mark Morris Dance Group.  Her choreographic works have been performed in student concerts at Rutgers and professional showcases in New York and New Jersey. In 2016, she received her 200HR vinyasa yoga teaching certification through Om Factory and now teaches private clients. Karolina currently dances with ~mignolo dance~ and 78moves in both repertory works and dance films. In addition to being a dancer, Karolina works as an administrator for ~mignolo~.

Kelsey Flanders

Kelsey Flanders grew up in Orlando, FL, and began training at Raskin Dance Studio at three years old. At seven, Kelsey auditioned for the In Motion Dance Project competitive dance team and was with the company from 2009-2018. She has directed rehearsals and been on faculty for In Motion while also teaching private lessons to young dancers around Orlando. Kelsey is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She has danced alongside Mariah Carey in the ABC Christmas Spectacular, in Disney Event Group’s “Alice in Wonderland”, and as a principle dancer in a PARTY CITY’s Halloween commercial. She played the role of Fiona in Shrek the Musical with the Young Actors Company at Osceola Arts in 2019. Kelsey moved to Metuchen, NJ this year to join Charly Santagado’s professional contemporary dance company, ~mignolo dance~.



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