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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.

A passionate advocate for the arts, Kalila’s choreographic process embodies concepts that emerge from multiple artistic practices. She relishes the challenge of creating movement and experiences that are accessible to audiences from a variety of backgrounds. As a choreographer, Kalila’s work has been presented in Philadelphia at the FringeArts Festival, the Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, An Evening of Duets, ETC Series, and COLLAGE Festival;  in Cape Cod  at the Near and Far Festival;  at Your Move: Jersey City’s Modern Dance Festival; and at the University of Michigan. Her choreography was commissioned for Dancefusion’s 2016 FringeArts Festival and for its 2014  holiday production of Hansel & Gretel. Her recent works include “Ever Angled,”  “Nostalgia Suite,”  “The Grimm Woods,” “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” “Double Double This That,” “Loneliness,” “We are Invincible,” and “Café Noir."