FRIDAY CLASS with Keira Hart-Mendoza

The lovely Keira Hart-Mendoza teaches in our FRIDAY CLASS series on June  1, 8 and 15 from 9:30-11:15. Keira and dancer Katie Harris Banks organized last fall’s series Dan$e & Drink$ at Jackie’s Sidebar in Silver Spring, and it remains one of my favorite area dance events. Keira’s work looked great in that space–the red of the floors and walls at Sidebar highlighted nuanced torsos and wild shifts in dynamic. I’m so pleased to include Keira in our FRIDAY CLASS series. Her class description and bio follow. See you Friday!

Class description: Keira’s classes will begin with a floor warm up comprised of strengthening and conditioning elements through pilates and yoga exercises.   The class will then progress into more physically demanding standing movement combinations, across the floor and center phrase work.   Keira’s movement-style can be classified as linear and liquid with a focus on connectivity found in the body.  Her movement combinations are comprised of detail oriented movement, traveling phrases that allow dancers to locomote through the space, and intricate floor work.

Keira Hart-Mendoza is the artistic director of UpRooted Dance, a contemporary dance company based in the DC Metro area.  She holds an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and BA’s in Dance and Media Arts & Design from James Madison University.  Working interdisciplinary and collaborating with artists in all fields is an essential aspect of Keira’s work.  She has worked with musicians, filmmakers, engineers, actors, motion capture technology, and fashion design.  Keira’s choreography has been shown internationally in Mexico and nationally in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, the DC-Metro Area, and in Mexico.  She has taught at The University of Virginia and Coppin State University and also worked as a guest artist at James Madison University, the University of Virginia, Dance & Co., and worked closely with Arizona State University’s Dance Arizona Repertory Theater Company.  Keira is also a company member of Daniel Burkholder/ The Playground.

About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.