Kalila Kingsford Smith
Philadelphia native Kalila Kingsford Smith is an independent choreographer, performer, dance writer and teacher based in Philadelphia. She has worked as an Adjunct Faculty member at Temple University, where she taught dance appreciation and dance history; and as a dance teacher at the Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center, where she taught ballet, jazz, and modern to students of all ages. As a performer with Dancefusion, she has been featured in the works of José Limón, Tonia Schimin, Mary Anthony, Pauline Koner, Gwendolyn Bye, and in the works of numerous local dance artists. For two years, she directed Dancefusion’s junior company, fusion2, a training company for young dancers. A graduate of University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Cultural Anthropology, Kalila is curious about the ambiguity of experience. Guided by this interest, she completed a thesis entitled Body, Mind, and Frustration: Navigating Dance in the Context of Academia.