About

ARC in Movement, led by Alicia Cutaia and Russ Stark, is a unique combination of fire, dance, and aerial. You can hire them to perform, teach and / or create.

ARC in Movement was formed by independent artists Alicia Cutaia and Russ Stark after collaborating for three years in a variety of performances. In the summer of 2014, Cutaia and Stark formed ARC in Movement as a company to present their work, teach, and create new works on others under an umbrella organization. ARC is a unique combination of three performance worlds (dance, fire, and aerial) brought together by Cutaia and Stark's complementing artistry and joy of movement.

Arc creates bold and athletic performances in contemporary, jazz, ballet, aerial and acro. Our mission is to bring quality, creativity and excitement into the world of movement.


Alicia Cutaia, Co-Director and Founder

Alicia Cutaia earned her BFA with honors from Point Park University with a double major in Classical Ballet and Jazz. Her previous training included scholarships at Hubbard Street Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater, and River North Dance Company. She has worked with and performed pieces by many renowned choreographers, including Lauren Edson, Jamey Hampton, Ashley Roland, Ron De Jesus, Gina Patterson, Lar Lubovitch, Louis Falco, Michael Foley, Keisha Lalama-White, Joel Hall, Lou Conte, Daniel Gwirtzman, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Daniel Ezralow, Choo-San Goh, Alan Hineline, Harrison McEldowney, Kevin O’Day, Frances Patrelle, David Storey, Margo Sappington, Christian Holder and Bianca Sapetto.

Ms. Cutaia previously worked as Rehearsal Director, Costume Manager and Dancer with Eisenhower Dance, Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. She is currently in her 3rd season with BodyVox performing Nationally and Internationally having completed tors to Poland, Germany and China, .Ms. Cutaia is also a trained Fire Dancer and Harness Aerialist with performing and teaching credits.

She also enjoys teaching and setting choreography nationally. Her choreography has been showcased at many choreographic festivals such as the Jazz Dance World Congress “Leo’s Choreography Competitive Event”, the “Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award”, “Michigan Youth Arts Festival”, "Dance Chicago", Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Kaleidoscope Dance Festival, Midwest Rad Festival and the “NSAL Mid-Michigan Chapter.” Her choreography for competition studios has won many National awards. Some of Ms. Cutaia’s teaching credits include the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Oakland University, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem, Eisenhower Center for Dance, BodyVox Dance Center, Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy and many others across the country.  A number of Ms. Cutaia's students have been excepted on scholarship to many prestigious summer and college dance programs. Ms. Cutaia teaches all forms of dance along with Dance for Aerialists and Acrobats.

 
Russ Stark, Co-Director and Founder

Russ Stark is an Aerial Acrobat, TV and Film performer, Gymnast, Acrobatic Instructor, and Aerial Apparatus Rigger. He received his training from Bitterroot Gymnastics Center, University of Montana and Cirque du Soleil.

Mr. Stark's live performances and industrials have included Target, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, American Music Awards Enrique Iglesias), Grammy Awards, Fiat International, Olympic Tour of Champions, Cirque du Soleil (Quidam and Dralion), Detroit Opera House, Lady Gaga, Cirque Berserk, Ledzaerial, Cirque Mechanics just to name a few.

His TV and Film performances have included Water for Elephants, Chronicles of Riddick, Walt Disney’s Zack and Cody. He is also trained in teaching Aerial Harness, Silks, Corde lisse, Spanish Web, German Wheel, Trampoline Wall, Artistic Gymnastics and Acro for Dancers. Mr. Stark has also traveled throughout South America to do Community Outreach. He also enjoys traveling nationally conducting Acro and Gymnastics Master Classes, Workshops and Intensives.