Kara Miller

Kara Miller is a scholar, choreographer, and dance filmmaker with research interests focused on dance in South Asia, embodied culture, sacred place, and dance for the camera.


Kara Miller is a Ph.D student in Performance Studies at U.C. Davis and a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. A graduate of The Juilliard School in dance, she served as the Artistic Director of the Omega Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine from 1995-2002 presenting performances and commissioned dances across the country including Cathedral events for live television broadcast.

Kara currently resides in San Diego where she has taught as a lecturer at The University of California Irvine, Cal State San Marcos, and Mira Costa College. She instructs courses in a wide range of topics including Dance Cultures and History, Digital Technology for Dancers, Video Choreography, Dance and Visual Media, Modern, and Choreography. Kara collaborates with dancers around the world creating experimental performances and video installations. She has worked professionally in broadcast television and film on El’s CLEAN HOUSE and the feature STEPMOM. Kara is the Co-Director of the annual San Diego/Tijuana DANCEonFILM Festival.

Current Activities

Recent activities in 2009-2010 include presenting the papers “The Body and Sacred Place: Dancing with the Animals at the Missa Gaia” at the Popular Culture Association Conference in St. Louis and “Current Directions in Dance Media” at the Body Tech Symposium on Embodied Media and Interactive Performance at Calit2, University of California Irvine. Artistic work includes creating the video design for Loretta Livingston’s “Surface” dance performance at the Instabul Dance Film Festival in Turkey, video documentation for “Way of the Qin” in Wudangshan, China, original choreography and video design for the dance “We The People” at Mira Costa College in southern California, and co-producing the bi-national 2010 San Diego/TIjuana DANCEOnFILM Festival.

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