Kristen Smiarowski has extensive experience as a choreographer, dancer, and educator. She has taught choreography, improvisation, creative dance, and folk dance to children and adults throughout Southern California, and has been creating original dance works since 1996. Her theatre-based and site-specific choreography has been presented in Southern California at the REDCAT/Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, Highways Performance Space, Edgemar Installations, UCLA, Center Stage Theater, and Loyola Marymount University.
Smiarowski has taught at schools, institutions, and universities throughout Southern California. In addition to being a master teaching artist with The Music Center, she is currently on the faculty in the Dance Program at Loyola Marymount University. She has also taught dance at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, the Center for Movement Education and Research, The HeArt Project, Skirball Cultural Center, and UCLA. While earning an M.F.A. degree in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, she received the Glorya Kaufman Award for Excellence in Choreography and the Alma Hawkins Choreographic Award.
Smiarowski’s workshops focus on traditional (folk) dance and provide a window into cultures of various ethnic groups. Content is chosen to suit grade and class levels, curriculum needs, scheduling requirements, and a school’s specific interest. Utilizing dance and music from various regions of the world, workshops engage students in content through a myriad of choices. Topics can include cultural background and heritage, storytelling, folkcraft, improvisation, and musical instruments. Any of these, as well as the dances, can be integrated into core curriculum areas such as Social Science, Math, and Language Arts.
To schedule an Arts Integration Partnership and/or Professional Development at your school, please call (213) 972-4330 or EMAIL US›