Keira Hart-Mendoza, Artistic Director of UpRooted Dance, will be teaching in November as part of the Takoma Park Moves series. Keira is a wonderful teacher, skilled at facilitating the individual explorations of each student in her class, whether they are new to dance or seasoned professionals. Check out her class on Thursdays in November. The first class is a preview class from 6:30-7:00pm on Thursday, November 1, and all subsequent classes in November (no class November 22nd) are from 6:30-8:00pm and cost $10 each. To read more about the series, click here.
Class description: Keira will be focusing on various improvisational structures throughout the class that will lead to layered dance explorations. In addition Keira will specifically explore upper body movement, arm movement, along with gesture and expression. Open to all levels, come explore moving your body in new ways and building community through shared movement within the classroom setting.
Keira Hart-Mendoza is often found wearing more than one dance hat at any given moment. She is the artistic director and choreographer for the DC based dance company UpRooted Dance. She is often found performing and creating work in and around Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Keira’s choreography and video work has been shown nationally and internationally in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, across the state of Virginia, the DC-Metro Area, and in Mexico.
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 designers. Keira herself jumps in and out of roles such as costume designer, set designer, and video artist. She also won “Best Student Work” for her video piece entitled “Seeing is…” at the American Dance Festival’s Dance for the Camera Film and Video Festival 2005.
In the DC Metro Area, Keira has presented work at Dance Place, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Sylvia Greenberg Theater, Sydney Harman Center for the Arts, Reston Town Center, the store front windows at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot…, L2 Lounge in Georgetown, The Capital Skyline Hotel Pool, and Sidebar in Silver Spring. Her goal is to show work both in the theater setting and in other unique and unlikely settings in and around town.
During her dance training Keira has had the opportunity to attend numerous dance and film festivals in the US and abroad. Keira has been a guest artist at James Madison University, University of Virginia, Coppin State University in Baltimore, and at Arizona State University. She also performs with Daniel Burkholder/The Playground.