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Kara Nepomuceno



Kara Nepomuceno (pronouns she/her) is a writer and educator moving towards futures of abundance through language and dance. Her vision for the future is informed by Philippine dance forms, which teach her about storytelling, critical discomfort, and embodied ways of knowing.

Joining thINKingDANCE in February 2021, Kara has written for The Dancer-Citizen, The Oberlin Review, and the anthology Dance Adventures: True Stories of Dance Abroad (Megan Taylor Morrison, December 2020). Her undergraduate honors thesis, “Moving Honestly” wove personal narrative, research, and dancemaking to describe codified pangalay in Manila and the United States.

Kara moves from Western contemporary and modern dance traditions as well as folk and regional dance forms of Southeast Asia. In 2019, she received the Shansi In-Asia Grant to study codified pangalay with AlunAlun Dance Circle in Manila. Since March 2020, she has offered performances and embodied agitations at online fundraisers and rallies in support of the Philippine Human Rights Act.

Kara is an Oberlin Shansi Fellow (2020 - 2022) at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She holds a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and a BA in Biology and Dance (Highest Honors) from Oberlin College.

Learn more at karanepomuceno.mystrikingly.com.