Jason Garcia Ignacio, named Outstanding Emerging Artist at the 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards, began his dance training at the age of 12 in Manila, Philippines. After studying and training with Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Steps Dance Studio, University of Theatre of Nations (Seoul, Korea), he toured and performed as a member of Earth Savers Dreams Ensemble. In 2001, Mr. Ignacio continued his dance training in New York City on scholarship at Ballet Hispanico where he also served on the faculty. A fellowship student at The Ailey School, he also toured nationally with the Martha Graham Ensemble. His teaching credits include Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Maryland Youth Ballet, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, and he is currently on faculty at CityDance Center. He has performed with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Diversity of Dance, Cortez and Co., Connecticut Ballet, Zig-Zag Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Verb Ballets, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and is currently a company member of CityDance Ensemble. A principal dancer in the off-Broadway musical Traumnovela, Jason Ignacio was named a "Top 20 Showstopper" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2008.
Jason Ignacio's commissioned piece The Mountain focuses on Filipino culture, environmental preservation, and the need for economic moderation. Ignacio was inspired by and incorporates two "mountains" in the Philippines: the volcano Mt. Pinatubo which erupted in 1991, and the landfill used as metro Manila's waste disposal facility for decades dubbed Smokey Mountain. A collaboration between Ignacio and physicist Domenico Vicinanza, the score incorporates music made from the seismic rumblings of active volcanoes.