Damaris Ferrer is a multi disciplinary dancer, teacher and choreographer with her MFA in choreographic research from Jacksonville University. As a New York trained dancer, Ms. Ferrer’s movement language was formed through the technical foundations of classical ballet, Graham technique, classical Spanish Dance, Limon technique, Flamenco and world folk dances. By age 15 she was a member of the Ballet Hispanico of New Yorks Junior Company with whom she performed and toured. From 1989 - 1993 she was performing and touring nationally and internationally with José Molina Bailes Españoles, All Nations Dance Company, Ballet Argentino Raices, Gerald Otte’s Otteco and the Rod Rodgers Modern Dance Company.
After relocating to South Florida in 1994, she began teaching at the University Center for the Performing Art, where she developed a Flamenco dance department and was also co director of the children’s ballet department. During this time she also became a member of Miami’s Mary Street Dance Theater under the Direction of Dale Andree where she trained in contact improvisation. In 1995 she founded Bailes Ferrer, a non for profit arts organization that focused on Flamenco music and dance concerts, classes and workshops and where she also formed the Flamenco in the Sun flamenco festival along with fellow dancer and choreographer Niurca Marquez.
In 2016, Ms Ferrer became an adjunct faculty member at Florida Atlantic University (Department of Theater & Dance), and is currently an adjunct faculty member for the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Broward College as well as Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts.
Currently she is involved in the development of FARO (Facilitating Accessibility. Reciprocity and Ontologies), a new initiative that focuses on Art Makers in the margins that are currently unseen and unheard by academic establishments.