Lecturer & Head and Artistic Director of Dance434.243.2349
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Kim Brooks Mata is the Head and Artistic Director of Dance within the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama. After having received her BA degree in Art History with a minor in Dance from the University of Kentucky, she studied at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) in the Netherlands. Upon her return from Europe, she received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.
Kim is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME), a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA), and is currently on faculty with the Integrated Movement Studies program. Kim has performed professionally with multiple companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and her choreography has been performed in Kentucky, Utah, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. She has taught in various capacities at the University of Utah, California State University East Bay, the University of San Francisco, and the University of Chicago.
At UVa, Kim teaches technique, improvisation, composition, the Art of Dance, Dance for the Camera, and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis. Her teaching, choreography and performance coaching in the semesterly concerts all rely heavily on her background in somatics. Common themes found in her teaching and creative work focus on the exploration of identity, relationship, the mediated body, and community. During her time at UVa Kim has received various grants and awards: 4VA Arts Project grant (2012), Jefferson Trust award with engineering colleague Amy LaViers (2014-15), Mead Faculty Fellow (2014-15) and the first annual Arts Endowment grant with Mona Kasra and Kristina Warren (2015-16). In addition to these, Kim has received multiple grants from the UVa Arts Council in support of the Dance Minor program enabling dance guest-artist residencies and student participation in regional conferences and festivals for dance.