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Kayla Elizabeth Fiore


University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI

September 2017 - May 2021 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Training in Graham and Humphrey modern techniques with 8 semesters of ballet

Coursework in Kinesiology, Music Theory, Academic Writing, and Teaching Methods

Translating choreographic practices to showcases for emerging artists

Performing Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Minor

Coursework in running an arts organization, grant writing, arts fundraising, and marketing

Independent Study Practicum on safely producing dance film during a pandemic

Additional Experience

University of South Florida; Paris, France

Dance in Paris Program

June 2019; January 2020 - May 2020

Trained in daily technique, world dance forms, dance and art history, yoga, and French language

Intensive choreography workshops from European artists in Berlin, Germany

Attended weekly performances by a variety of globally-recognized artists

Work Experience

EXCEL Lab and Career Center; Ann Arbor, MI

July 2020 - May 2021

Dean’s Liaison for the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Lead career development events and workshops in arts entrepreneurship for students

Communicated between students, Dance Department faculty, and guest artist

Created innovative ways to engage peers in a virtual setting 

DaPoPa (Danse Pour Parkinson); Paris, France

January 2020 - March 2020

Intern for the Associate Artist of DaPoPa

Developed proposals in improvisation and somatic practices in connection with Parkinson’s disease

Documented weekly classes for research and archival purposes

Academic Organizations

Dance Student Assembly (DSA); University of Michigan

October 2017 - May 2021  

Executive Board; Treasurer

Raised money for future student-lead activities within Dance Student Assembly

Organized fundraisers with local Ann Arbor businesses

Budgeted events for dance students, faculty, and alumni to connect during the academic year

Arts in Color (AIC); University of Michigan 

January 2019 - May 2021

Cultivated leadership skills towards a more accessible, diverse, and inclusive arts sector

Created space for intersectionality, performance art, and participating in difficult conversations 

“Range of Reaction”; Producer for the 2021 Arts in Color Showcase

Applied for and received grants to support 6 selected choreographers

Lead weekly production team meetings

Produced professional-level product in a virtual format

Performance Experience 

“Circumpunct”; by Kelly Hirina

August 2018 - May 2019

Committed weekly to train in Double Skin Double Mind technique

Analyzed new discoveries and translated into an MFA capstone performance 

“Dangling Conversations”; by Guy Nader and Maria Campos

July 2019

Researched intensive modern-based partnering techniques 

Performed in the B12 Contemporary Dance Festival; Berlin, Germany

“Parting Shot”; by Kayla Fiore and Emily Vanduinen

November 2019

Choreographed and performed in the 2019 Arts in Color Showcase

Selected to choreographic based on written proposal 

“Fall(s)”; Choreographer by Missy Beck

February 2018

Performed in the Annual University of Michigan Dance Department Showcase

University of Michigan Senior Capstone Performances

December 2017 - May 2021

Selected to perform in BFA senior thesis concerts for 8 semesters

First-Year Touring Company; University of Michigan

January 2018 - May 2018

Toured multiple dance works around the State of Michigan

Assisted with management tasks to help coordinate performance venues

Young! Tanzsommer Tour; Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland

January 2015 - June 2015

Rehearsed intensively with resident artists

Performed in an assortment of works to a wide variety of enthusiastic audiences


“Party of One”; A solo by Kayla Fiore
Screen Dance International Festival Official Selection

Director, Choreographer, Performer, Filmmaker



University of Michigan Academic Honor Roll

August 2017 - May 2021

University of Michigan Department of Dance Merit Scholarship

August 2017 - May 2021

A. Elaine Bychinsky Award for Performers of Promise in Dance

August 2017 - May 2021

Betty Pease Scholarship

August 2020 - May 2021

Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund 

August 2020, May 2021

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