Dance Past Faculty

K.J. Holmes

K.J. Holmes headshot

Photo by Ian Douglas


K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, actor,

educator based in Brooklyn, traveling throughout the world performing and teaching at universities, festivals and venues that range from theaters to site specific spaces to living rooms. Her work has been presented at venues in NYC including the Chocolate

Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, Movement Research at the Judson Church, D.T. W., Dixon Place, University Settlement, Warren Street Performance Loft, The Present Company, Thalia Theater/ Symphony Space and Joyce Soho.   Studying

at the New School for Social Research and with master Ideokinesis teacher Andre Bernard led her to  improvisation and new dance techniques.  Major collaborators include Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson/Image Lab and Steve Paxton. She attended The School

for Body Mind Centering (1995-99), Satya Yoga (certified teacher, 2007)  and the William Esper Studio (Sanford Meisner acting, 2008-09), she is adjunct faculty at NYU/ETW, Juilliard and Movement Research where she was an artist in residence 2012-2014 beginning

her current dance/theater piece HIC SVNT DRACONES. Collaborators include trumpeters Dave Douglas and Roy Campbell, Jr.; singer Lisa Sokolov, dancers Karinne Keithley Syers, Sondra Loring and Jon Kinzel; poet Julie Carr; actor/performer Keith Biesack. 

K.J. has most recently performed with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful

People (And lose the name of action); Mark Dendy (Ritual Cyclical); Lance Gries (The 50’s

Project; Immanent Field; Sonic); Emily Johnson and Catalyst (Shore); Melinda Ring (Forgotten Snow); Xavier Le Roy’s Retrospective at PS1:MoMa; The Works of Steve Paxton at DIA:BEACON; Fay Simpson (The Veterans’ Project); Brody Condon (Untitled).

She was co-curator of the Improvisation is Hard Festival (2004), the MR Fall Festival (2011), the Studies Project (1983-85),

 Measuring K - 3 evenings of solos and duets/ 24 hour marathon improvisation  (Culture Project, 2004);  panelist on Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance (2015), Conversation without Walls- Choreography under the Influence, Danspace Project (2011); poetry

readings The Stone, Dixon Place and the Knitting Factory; published in Contact Quarterly, Movement Research Performance Journal, Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine and  I, Theatrics; co-curated an evening of Dance and Poetry at Harvard University and University

of Colorado, Boulder (2013).

Campus Address

Program in Dance 185 Nassau Street