Movin' Spirits Dance Theater

Marlies Yearby is the founder and artistic director of New York City-based Movin' Spirits Dance Theater, a company she first founded in 1989 and operated until 2010. 

"The New York City-based company... is known for its exuberant combination of contemporary dance technique with Haitian, Hip-Hop, West African, Latin, Congolese, and Jazz dance and vocal traditions."

- Women & Their Work

“The repertory of Movin' Spirits will show how Yearby -- a Tony nominee for choreographing the musical Rent -- incorporates a range of elements, including ‘vocal context,’ into a theatrical experience. Her briskly with-it style will complement the classicism of Le Jeune Ballet de France.”

- South Florida Sun Sentinel

Marlies Yearby has gained critical acclaim for her company Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater in her role as director and choreographer of “Brown Butterfly, which she co-conceived with originator and composer Craig Harris as a multimedia celebration of the life and times of Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest.”

Salt City

"Salt City" is an Afro-futuristic fantasy techno choreopoem inspired by the salt mines of Detroit, written by the poet Jessica Care Moore. With her collaborator Aku Kadogo, Marlies Yearby directed and choreographed this piece.

Seed Awakening On The Eve of Blue

Identity Plays