About Jhalak Kara Miller


Jhalak Kara Miller is an international dance artist, choreographer, improviser, dance educator, and yoga practitioner.  Exposed to classical, modern, postmodern, and contemporary dance training from childhood through teen and young adult years, Kara trained at Juilliard in New York, and began working as a dance professional there in the early 1990s where she performed the repertoire of Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Erick Hawkins, José Limón, David Parsons, Anna Sokolow, Paul Taylor, Mauricio Wainrot, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Ted Hershey, Gloria Marina, Wendy Hilton, Allan Tung, and Carla Desola as well as served as the artistic director of the NYC based dance company and studio Omega. In the mid-2000s Kara moved to California and collaborated with artists such as Donald McKayle, Loretta Livingston, John Crawford, Lisa Naugle, Alan Terricciano, Vindhya Warakagoda, Minerva Tapia, Onur Topal, Deidre Cavazzi, Justin Morrison, Janet O'Faolain, Edward Lawrence, Chen-Yu Tsuei, Carla Norwood, Dave Massey, and Larry Asakawa, touring extensively.  She has also choreographed for dance and feature films. Jhalak now resides in Hawai‘i where she creates with dancers locally and internationally at U.H.M. and through her company Jhalak Dance, offering workshops, performances, and installations. Her creative works have been presented in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Guam, Hawai‘i, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Turkey, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. She served on the dance faculties of the University of California, Irvine, California State University, San Marcos, and Mira Costa College prior to U.H.M.  She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis, the M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and the B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School, New York. She is a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Arts Fellowship and the Po'okela Award for Choreography. Jhalak is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.