Who We Are


~mignolo dance~ is a nonprofit contemporary dance company based in New York and New Jersey founded by sisters, Charly and Eriel Santagado, in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists to create new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement.


Artistic Director/Co-Founder - Charly Santagado (left)

Co-Director/Co-Founder - Eriel Santagado (right)


A note from Charly and Eriel:

People often ask us if “mignolo” means anything; it is the Italian word for pinky finger, but to us it is so much more than that.

Growing up, along with being dancers, we were competitive gymnasts. At a gymnastics meet when were young, we were sitting with our Uncle Charlie, telling him how we were nervous. He replied in a dramatic Italian accent holding up his pinky finger: “You two have more talent in your pinky fingers than all those competitors have in their entire bodies.” After that, to calm our nerves at meets, we told each other to Remember The Pinky, even making signs to hold up at larger competitions.

At some point in high school, we decided that we would eventually start our own professional dance company. We knew early on that we wanted to incorporate the pinky into our company name, and after our uncle died in March of 2017 at only 53, we officially decided on it, performing for the first time as a company only a few months later. After that shocking day in March, we knew that we had an even more important reason to name our company mignolo.

So, when we think of mignolo, we think of strength, of all of the difficult experiences that we’ve been through to arrive where we are today, and of our uncle and how our work can serve as a tribute to not just his life, but to the beauty of life and art in general. If ever you are out there questioning your own value, whether it be in relation to another person, society at large, or yourself, we hope that you will “remember the pinky”, the one that we all have in one aspect of life or another, and feel a surge of worth and love for yourself and the world surrounding you.


What We DO

Translation Study No. 2 / 2018


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Where To Find Us


Friday & Saturday, March 22-23 @ 8PM: Dance Canvas Performance Series @ Ferst Center for the Arts - Atlanta, GA

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Saturday, March 30 @ 11:30AM: Ariel Rivka Dance & Guests @ Baruch Performing Arts Center - Manhattan, NY

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Saturday, March 30 @ 8PM: Ticket Launch for Sans Limites @ Hart Bar - Brooklyn, NY

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Saturday, April 6 @ 8PM: SMUSH Moves Vol. 6 @ SMUSH Gallery - Jersey City, NJ

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Saturday, April 13 @ 8PM: New Wave 2019 @ Sam Scripps Studio - Manhattan, NY

Saturday, May 11 @ 2PM & 8PM: Small Plates Choreography Festival @ mignolo arts center - Metuchen, NJ

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Saturday, May 18 @ 2PM & 4PM: DanceFest Milford @ The Gallery & The Church Hall - Milford, PA

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Saturday, June 1 @ 8PM: Sans Limites 2019 MOVEMENT: SYZYGY @ Hudson Guild Theater - Manhattan, NY

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Saturday, September 7 @ 3PM: Dance on the Lawn @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church - Montclair, NJ

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HATCH Series @ The Jennifer Muller/The Works Studio - March, 2019

Motion: New Dance Works @ Loree Dance Theater - March, 2019

Come Together Dance Festival @ Suzanne Roberts Theater - November, 2018

Triskelion Dance Film Festival @ Triskelion Arts - November, 2018

APEX Showcase of Dancemakers @ Peridance - August, 2018

KYL/D InHale Performance Series @ CHI Movement Arts Center - August, 2018

SummerFest @ Triskelion Arts - July, 2018

Koresh Artist Showcase @ David Cooper Black Box Theater - July, 2018

KoDaFe  @ Ailey Citigroup Theater -  June, 2018

Common Ground by Impact Movement Collective @ The Secret Theatre - June, 2018

Newburgh Illuminated Festival @ Ritz Theater Outdoor Stage - June, 2018

Amalgamate Artist Series @ City Center Studios - May, 2018

SMUSH Moves @ SMUSH Gallery - April, 2018

NYC Dance & Music Festival @ Davenport Theatre - April, 2018

The Craft New York @ Threes Brewing - October, 2017

Dumbo Dance Festival @ GK Arts Center - October, 2017

KoDaFe @ Manhattan Movement & Arts Center - June, 2017

Newburgh Illuminated Festival @ Ritz Theater Outdoor Stage - June, 2017


The Company


charly santagado

Charly Santagado, co-founder and artistic director of ~mignolo dance~ is a dancer and choreographer originally from Orlando, Florida, currently residing in Metuchen, New Jersey.

Her work has been shown at Newburgh Illuminated Festival, KoDaFe, Dumbo Dance Festival, The Craft, SMUSH Moves Gallery, Small Plates, Marie-Christine Giordano’s Artists Salon, the Amalgamate Artist Series, NYC Dance & Music Festival, Impact Movement Collective’s Common Ground, Triskelion’s SummerFest & Dance Film Festival, KYL/D’s InHale Performance Series, Peridance’s APEX, the Koresh Artists Showcase, Come Together Dance Festival, and HATCH Presenting Series. 

She studied with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Ga’aton Israel from 2018-2019, was selected for Earthdance’s 2019 EMERGE Collaborative Residency, and was recently commissioned by coLAB Arts to create a new work.


Eriel Santagado

Eriel Santagado, co-founder and co-director of ~mignolo dance~, started dancing at the age of 2 and grew up as a competitive dancer, winning two national titles at American Dance Awards. She is currently a senior at Rutgers University where she competes on the Division 1 Gymnastics team and is a member of the Honors College, majoring in evolutionary anthropology. She choreographs and performs alongside her sister, Charly, in numerous dance festivals and is completing a minor in dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she’s had her work shown on multiple occasions.


Emory Campbell

Emory Campbell joined ~mignolo dance~ in 2019. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, she began pursuing dance at age 13 at LaGuardia High School and the Taylor School. She went on to study dance at The Hartt School at University of Hartford, where she performed in classical works by Martha Graham and Jose Limon, as well as original pieces by contemporary choreographers such as Gregory Dolbashian, Nobert De La Cruz III, Loni Landon and Take Uyama. She also performed with Pier Group Dance, Full Force Dance Theater, and Opera Connecticut before graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2016. Since returning to NYC Emory has performed with The Francesca Harper Project, Bryce Dance, Of Bones/Hollye Bynum, Zoo City Theatre Group, The Dance Collective, Depth Dance, Hatchworks, in Nick Cave’s “The Let Go” at the Park Avenue Armory and in Arcade Amerikana at Industry City.


Nicole Gallo

Nicole Gallo joined ~mignolo dance~ in 2018. Born and raised in New Jersey, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop at Wendi Sue Porter School of Dance. Nicole graduated cum laude from Georgian Court University in 2018 with a BA in Dance under the direction of Silvana Cardell. She has performed works by Steven Vaughn, Sidra Bell, Stefanie Batten Bland, Gregory King, and Daniel Gwirtzman, among others. Nicole attended Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria (2016), Parsons Dance Summer Intensive in New York City (2017), and presented her choreography “Exhale” at American College Dance Festival in Montclair, NJ (2018). She has had the privilege of performing at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Koresh Dance Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, and many other venues.






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