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About the Artist

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Kimberly Prosa Contreras- Choreographer, Dancer, Teaching Artist, Dance Researcher

 

Kimberly Prosa Contreras is a New York City based teaching artist, choreographer, and dancer. She holds a BFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and an M.A. from NYU where she focused her research on using dance as a tool to facilitate community peacebuilding. Her research and methodology has been implemented as part of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL’s) Dance for Social Change’s professional development summer program, as well as part of Dance Research Forum Ireland’s conference on “Power, Politics and the Dancing Body” and was selected for inclusion in Dance Performatica’s international festival in Cholula, Mexico.

 

Kimberly is currently a doctoral student at the University of Auckland working at the intersection of dance studies and the sociology of mental health, conducting research that examines the wellbeing and mental health of working class, contemporary dancers.

 

Highlights among Kimberly’s performance career include serving as a member of the Bessie Award winning H.T. Chen and Dancers modern dance Company for seven years as well as a dance double for Natalie Portman in the academy award winning film, Black Swan in addition to working with numerous independent choreographers throughout New York City.

 

Kimberly has been on faculty at Ballet Hispanico in NYC, at Chen Dance Center and led New York City’s P.S. 42’s modern dance after school program. She is a recent recipient of the Leimay choreographic fellowship and is the Artistic Director of the emerging modern dance company, Humanistics Dance whose work has been shown at venues including: the Connelly Theater, Manhattan Movement Arts, Shetler Studios, Triskelion Arts, The Fertile Ground series, Riverside Church Theater, Liberty University and more.

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