Mr. Santillano is an Assistant Professor of dance and teaches modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance and choreography. He comes to Mercyhurst College following two years as Artist in Residence at Southwest Missouri State University. Originally from St. Louis, he has enjoyed a rich and varied career as a member of the Indianapolis-based Dance Kaleidoscope and as soloist, dance captain, master class instructor and choreographic collaborator with Pilobolus Dance Theatre.
Education and Performance History:
B.F.A., B.S. Southwest Missouri State University
M.A.L.S. Wesleyan University
As a member of Actors Equity Association he performed in national tours of The King and I, West Side Story and A Chorus Line. As a choreographer, his work has been performed by the San Diego Civic Dance Company (San Diego, CA), Lake Erie Ballet (Erie, PA), Erie Dance Conservatory (Erie, PA), Playhouse Dance Company (Pittsburgh, PA), Instinct Dancecorps (Scottsdale, AZ), Geneseo Dance Ensemble (Geneseo, NY), and the Zodiaque Dance Company (Buffalo, NY). He is also founder and co-director of SoMar Dance Works. Mr. Santillano serves on the board of directors of the Erie Dance Consortium and the American College Dance Festival Association. Mr. Santillano acts as the advisor to the Mercyhurst University Dance Club.