Kara Davis

Kara Davis

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Kara Davis, co-artistic director of project agora, danced for Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet, and Ballet Jörgen in Toronto, Ontario. She is a founding member of KUNST-STOFF and Janice Garrett & Dancers, both of which she danced with for ten years. She has performed choreography by Margaret Jenkins, Alex Ketley, Amy Raymond, Pearl Ubungen, Val Caniparoli (ACT), and Robert Moses. She has received multiple Isadora Duncan awards and nominations for her dancing and choreography. Her work has been presented at the Bates Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ACDA Nationals at the Kennedy Center, ODC Theater, YBCA, SF MOMA, and Headlands Center For The Arts. Her career in dance has allowed her to travel to over 20 countries and dance with people from all around the world.

Davis has received financial support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund, and Theater Bay Area's CA$H grant. She’s taught and choreographed at LINES Dominican University and Training Program since 2005. She earned her MFA from Hollins University in 2013.


  • Dance

Research Areas

  • Improvisation
  • Choreography


  • Mills College, Guest Artist 2014-2018
  • Guest Teacher Cairo Opera House (Cairo, Egypt)
  • LINES Ballet BFA Program, Dominican University


  • BA Performance Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California
  • MFA Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

Prior Experience

  • Ballet Dancer for Atlanta Ballet, SF Opera Ballet, Ohio Ballet, & Ballet Jörgen (Toronto, Ontario)

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2002/03 Isadora Duncan Award, Best Individual Performer

  • 2005 MVP Rachel Howard (SF Chronicle dance critic)

  • 2010/11 Isadora Duncan Award, Best Choreography, Best Ensemble

  • 2016 Emerging Artist, Bates Dance Festival

  • 2018 ACDA National Conference performance at the Kennedy Center