Johanna Kirk

Johanna Kirk

Ph.D. in Culture and Performance


Johanna Kirk is a doctoral student in World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. She is a choreographer, writer and movement educator with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dance. She has designed and taught courses in Experiential Anatomy, Yoga and Dance to students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds on three continents.

Research Interests

Performance arts based health education, pregnancy and birth, experiential anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, art and medical science collaboration, adolescent reproductive health education, dance improvisation, somatic movement therapy, choreography, medical anthropology, dance pedagogy.


Academic Training

The University of Iowa, Masters of Fine Arts in Dance with emphasis on Choreography

Barnard College, Columbia University, Bachelors in Dance with a Minor in Art History
Reid Hall, Columbia University in Paris, student of Art History and Architecture
Paris VII University, student of Dance
Independent travel and research in Guinea, Africa

Published Work and Professional Writing
“Experiencing Our Anatomy: Incorporating Human Biology into Dance Class via Imagery, Imagination, and Somatics,” Journal of Dance Education,Volume 14, Issue 2, 2014.

"Sensing into Self Beyond Sight," Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Society of Dance History Scholars Newsletter, Special Issue - Visual Culture and Dance — an Academic Discipline, Volume XXXII, 2012.

“of air and amnion: A Female Creative Process,” Currents, a Journal of the Body Mind Centering® Association, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2013.

Journalist and Interviewer, Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine contributor to the “Making it Happen,” “Teacher’s Wisdom,” “Technique My Way” and “Your Body” columns.

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