Keira Hart-Mendoza, Founder & Artistic Director
Keira Hart-Mendoza received her MFA from Arizona State University where she graduated summa cum laude. She has since worked as a professional educator and choreographer. She has taught dance at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA, Coppin State University in Baltimore MD, and currently teaches dance at Montgomery College in MD. Keira also teaches dance for professional artists in the DC Metro area at the Dance Exchange in Takoma and at Toolbox Pilates & Art Studio in Dupont Circle.
Keira has worked as a guest artist at James Madison University, Arizona State University, University of Virginia, Coppin State University, Dance and Co. in Harrisonburg, and at Collegiate School in Richmond VA.
Keira also brings dance into unlikely settings and has been working as the Resident Movement Artist at Georgetown University Hospital since 2013. She has had the wonderful opportunity to teach doctors, nurses, and staff at the hospital a variety of movement forms to help aide in hospital morale and to help care for caregivers. Keira recently attended the Dance for Parkinson's training program at the Mark Morris Dance Center in NYC which has allowed her to expand her teaching pallet to work with patients with movement disorders. She is currently developing a "Movement for MS" program at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital with the neurology department.
Keira's choreography has been shown all across the DC-MD-VA area in venues such as Dance Place, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage, the Dance Exchange, at Montgomery College, at the Harman Center for the Arts, Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Jack Guidone Theater, the Greenberg Theater and much more. Keira has received funding from the Montgomery County Arts & Humanities Council since 2012 and was recently awarded a grant for the "Wheaton MD Cultural Initiative."
In 2013, Keira began pursuing her comprehensive teacher training as a Pilates instructor. Through her private Pathways Pilates practice, she currently teaches Pilates group classes and private sessions around the DC region. This new pairing of dance and Pilates has allowed Keira to deepen her connection and understanding of the human body as a tool for expression and articulation.