Zoe Marinello-Kohn is the Curator of The Dance component page.

Hi I’m Zoe!, I’m a professional ballet dancer, choreographer, actor, and artist. I received my ballet training at the San Francisco Ballet School and at the Academy of Ballet under Richard Gibson. Since then I have had the joy of dancing with such notable companies as Cincinnati Ballet 2, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota and the San Diego Ballet, where I am currently employed for my 9th season.

I was an original cast member of Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet and had the honor of performing at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and at the Festival of Families held for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015. I am also an actor in the American Immersion Theater and Murder Mystery Company in San Diego, California.

I am a polysynesthete, meaning that several of my senses are connected. My mind visualizes sounds, touch and scent. I experience grapheme-color synesthesia and perceive letters, numbers and time in color and shapes. I, like many synesthetes, was unaware for most of my life that my perceptions were not shared by most people. Now that I understand this difference I am energized to explore the perimeters of my reality and it is difficult to imagine my life without synesthesia.

You can learn more about how my synesthesia affects my dancing in this interview titled As if Dancing Through Watercolors .

If you are a dance professional, teacher or student, scientist or conducting research in relation to dance or physiology I want to hear from you!

My live is enriched by the sharing of my experiences. By embracing my neurological differences and similarities I gain insight into the perceptions of others. It is my desire to create a space of acceptance and empathy and celebrate the exceptional visions of the neuro-diverse in the dance community.

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