Back to Basics
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Join us in learning the basics of modern and West African Dance at the Irwin Community Center located at 1810 Highland Ave. in Homewood, IL
For ages 7-17! They're going to have a ball!
Meet the Instructor
A Chicago native, Kia trained intensely on scholarship at The Hyde Park School of Dance, The Joel Hall Dance Center, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, and StoryCatchers Theatre. She is a recipient of the American Dance Festivals tuition and staff assistant scholarships, and graduated in 2010 with a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University.
Kia has worked and toured with The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2, The Lula Washington Dance Theatre where she assisted Tamica Washington-Miller, The Joel Hall Dancers, Tyego Dance Project, Red Clay Dance and Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre. She has performed works by a myriad of classical and contemporary choreographers including August Tye, Wilfredo Rivera, Shani Collins, Ursula Payne, Shonna Hickman Matlock, Crystal Perkins, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, William McClellan Jr., Marlayna Locklear, Robert Priore, Lula Washington, Tamica Washington-Miller, Dr. Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Bonnie Story, Donald McKayle, Vincent Patterson, Christopher Huggins, Katherine Dunham, Rennie Harris, Bernard Brown, Joel Hall, William Gill, Duwayne Pendarvis, Harrison McEldowney, Eddy Ocampo, Vershawn Ward, Joshua Ishmon, Nejla Yatkin and others.
Kia’s collaborative and choreographic credits include; Nike, Chicago Opera Theatre, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, actor Jack Black, world renowned visual artists Manuel Mendive and Nick Cave, “Loving the Silent Tears” an original musical (director Vincent Patterson), the “Afterword” film (director Catherine Sullivan), Sons D’hiver Jazz Festival (Paris, France), Chicago Home Theatre Festival, the Jacob Caruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Englewood Jazz Festival, South Shore Opera Company and Chicago Fringe Opera.
As a recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artist Grant Kia worked as a cultural ambassador for the city at Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 2016. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and Chicagolandmusicaltheatre.com. Kia’s artistic influences include choreographer and educator August Tye, stage director Amy Hutchison, director Tamica Washington-Miller, director Meade Palidofsky, and composer Ernest Dawkins.
She is a life long student of the Lester Horton Technique and a certified teacher through the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum as a Project Plie Partner Teacher. Kia is an Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee holding candidacy for a Master of Fine Arts in Dance.