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Marquita, a Macon, GA native, received a BA in Dance and African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She performed with Cecil Slaughter's The Slaughter Project, Philadanco D/2, Project Motion, Ko-Thi Dance Company, and Wild Space Dance Company. She worked as the assistant to the Founder/Artistic Director of Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, and choreographed “Crowns” the Musical during her tenure at Hattiloo. She also taught dance classes in Memphis, in the Milwaukee Public School system, and for various community outreach programs in St. Louis, Memphis, and Milwaukee. In addition, Marquita is deeply invested in dance research and presenting choreography that provokes dialogue about the spiritual, cultural, and historical significance of dance of the African Diaspora. She choreographed and performed solo work at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Drucker Center in Chicago, the Kenilworth Arts Studios in Milwaukee, and the Tubman Museum in Macon. After returning to Macon in 2014, Marquita founded Redd Arts Company, Incorporated. In 2016, she performed as a guest at the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Dancing Stars of Central Georgia” competition and in Hayiya Dance Theatre’s “Stained Glass” production. Marquita taught dance at Westside High School and is presently teaching dance at Southfield Elementary School. She volunteers with LifeLink and spreads awareness about organ donation and transplantation.
Marquita is also a Reiki Master and offers mobile services.
After living with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a liver disease, for over 14 years, on December 1, 2016, Marquita received a liver transplant.
"I am grateful to say that I was given a second chance at life--a chance to make better decisions, accomplish my goals, and fulfill my purpose."
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