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Kimberly Brooks Mata

Associate Professor
Head and Artistic Director of Dance
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
213 Drama Bldg.
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Kim Brooks Mata is the Head and Artistic Director of Dance within the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama. After having received her BA degree in Art History with a minor in Dance from the University of Kentucky, she studied at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) in the Netherlands. Upon her return from Europe, she received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.

Kim is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME), a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA), and is currently on faculty with the Integrated Movement Studies program. Kim has performed professionally with multiple companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and her choreography has been performed in Kentucky, Utah, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. She has taught in various capacities at the University of Utah, California State University East Bay, the University of San Francisco, and the University of Chicago.

At UVa, Kim teaches technique, improvisation, composition, the Art of Dance, Dance for the Camera, and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis. Her teaching, choreography and performance coaching in the semesterly concerts all rely heavily on her background in somatics. Common themes found in her teaching and creative work focus on the exploration of identity, relationship, the mediated body, and community. During her time at UVa Kim has received various grants and awards:  4VA Arts Project grant (2012), Jefferson Trust award with engineering colleague Amy LaViers (2014-15), Mead Faculty Fellow (2014-15) and the first annual Arts Endowment grant with Mona Kasra and Kristina Warren (2015-16). In addition to these, Kim has received multiple grants from the UVa Arts Council in support of the Dance Minor program enabling dance guest-artist residencies and student participation in regional conferences and festivals for dance.

DANC 1400: The Art of Dance
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to dance as an art form and examines the different roles of primarily Western forms of dance from the end of the 19th century to present. Students will investigate how concert dance shapes and is shaped by Western culture. Through practical dance experiences students will deepen their understanding of the creative process and their appreciation of dance as a medium for social commentary and artistic expression.
DANC 2220: Modern/Contemporary I
Credits: 1
This studio course explores various styles of modern and contemporary dance. Students will work on dynamic alignment and movement retention as they increase their body awareness, range of motion, strength, flexibility, and expressivity. Styles explored include but are not limited to Horton, Graham, Contact Improvisation and Release Techniques.
DANC 2300: Dance Improvisation
Credits: 2
Allows students to explore the creative practice of dance improvisation for beginning to intermediate students. Through improvisational methods and structures students will develop their skills as improvisers and begin to appreciate its role in composition (choreography) as well as a form of performance.
DANC 2430: Production Laboratory: Dance
Credits: 1
This course provides students with firsthand experience in the creative practice of choreography and performance while providing exposure to basic production skills. In addition to gaining insight into choreography and performance as modes of critical inquiry, students will also be involved in various aspects of the production and will gain an appreciation of the skills that are required to produce a dance concert.
DANC 3210: Ballet II
Credits: 1
Exploration of Ballet technique for intermediate to advanced students. Students will deepen their knowledge through continued study of terminology, placement and dynamic alignment while expanding upon their ability to make qualitative choices and enhancing their artistry.
DANC 3220: Modern/Contemporary II
Credits: 1
This studio course explores various styles of modern and contemporary dance through a movement class for intermediate to advanced students. Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary dance as a practice. Students will continue to increase their range of motion, strength, flexibility and body awareness as they begin to expand upon their embodiment, self-awareness, expressivity and artistry.
DANC 3300: Dance Composition
Credits: 2
Explores the creative process through the investigation of various approaches to composition. Through in-class movement explorations and collaborative exercises, students will practice the art of making dances in order to heighten their understanding and appreciation of the creative process. Through showings and feedback sessions, students will hone their abilities to make dances and analyze and discuss the art of choreography.
DANC 3590: Special Topics in Dance
Credits: 1–3
In-depth investigation of a specific area in the field of dance; topic or content may vary according to instructor. May be repeated for credit with different content areas. Possible topics include: advanced study of Bartenieff Fundamentals or Laban Movement Analysis, dance and community exchange, urban or world dance forms, dance and music collaboration, dance and technology, etc.
DANC 3620: Dance Repertory
Credits: 1–3
This course is designed for students to have the opportunity to learn repertory, experience multiple methods of choreography and gain deeper insight into the practice of dance performance through working with faculty and professional guest artists via the choreographic process.
DANC 3640: Dance for the Camera
Credits: 3
This course serves as an introduction to creating films based on dance and movement. Through the viewing of dance-related films, readings and group projects, students will be given the opportunity to plan, shoot and edit several short dances for the camera with a focus on motion and movement editing.
DANC 4220: Modern/Contemporary III
Credits: 1
This studio course for advanced students explores various styles of modern and contemporary dance, including both improvisational and compositional elements. Students will be challenged to continue to increase their range of motion, strength, flexibility and body awareness as they learn movement at an accelerated pace while focusing on embodiment, dynamic alignment, technical specificity, qualitative choices and artistry.
DANC 4640: Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis
Credits: 3
This course explores the somatic practices of LMA and BF. We will investigate body-patterning and aspects of Body, Effort, Shape and Space (BESS), to gain an appreciation for both the expressive and functional potential of the body. Through movement exercises, guided explorations, reading/writing, and movement studies students will enhance connectivity and expressivity while also improving upon their ability to analyze movement.
DANC 4993: Independent Study: Dance
Credits: 1–3
Allows upper level students to pursue dance as an independent project. Students can select their area of focus in dance including Production, Performance, Artistic Direction, Choreography, and/or Research.