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Kalila Kingsford Smith


Photo: Bill Hebert

Philadelphia native Kalila Kingsford Smith is an independent choreographer, performer, dance educator, and dance writer. She is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University and has worked as a performer and choreographer with Dancefusion, and as a teacher at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center where she received her early dance training. She has a MA in Dance from Temple University. Kalila received her undergraduate degrees in Dance and Anthropology from the University of Michigan.

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 interactive and accessible. As a choreographer, Kalila’s work has been presented in Philadelphia at the FringeArts Festival, the Come Together Festival, InHale, the Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, An Evening of Duets, ETC Series, and COLLAGE Festival;  in Cape Cod  at the Near and Far Festival; in New Jersey at Your Move: Jersey City’s Modern Dance Festival; and at the University of Michigan.