Artist Statement

As a dance artist, her movement is inspired by her own life experiences, loosely woven with the visions of the choreographers with whom she has had the pleasure of working. Through her movement, she is exploring the basic concept of humanity, which lies at the center of everything. The human connection is the fabric that connects her worlds, the world of Science (Healthcare and Medicine) and Dance. The dual edged sword of the human connection drives her movement, and being able to reach people without words, which can sometimes be highly misleading. All of this is her drive to never stop the movement exploration. Her love for dance was cultivated at the early age of 4 at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, IL where she was exposed to tap and African Dance. For the next 8 years, she honed her craft, dancing and touring with the South Shore Drill Team and Performing Arts Ensemble training in musical theater. During this time, she also trained in Ballet and Jazz at Joffery Ballet Chicago in the Children’s Pre-Professional division.  She expanded her training in Ballet, Jazz, Acro and West African dance. Recreationally she was also a member of the Lindblom Math and Science Academy’s dance team and Gallery 37’s Performing Arts Ensemble. Kyla continued her training at Emory University where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Dance and Movement Studies. Kyla has traveled across the country to the beautiful Sorrento, Italy  to continue training as a dancer and to premier in the social justice piece, “I Can’t Breathe,” as well as other works from the Staib Dance repertoire. She also had the pleasure of training under the direction of world-renowned choreographer and dancer Garth Fagan. She was a member of Joel Hall Dance Center’s 2nd Company and Gotta Dance Contemporary. She has appeared in two independent films, and most recently the Triumph Awards show and The Celebration of Dance Awards.  She has also traveled around the country and trained with dancers/choreographers Norwood Pennewell (more affectionately known as PJ), Missi Allerton, Marjani Forte, Gavriel Spritzer, Sade Bully, Jason Samuel Smith, Kathleen Wessel, George Staib, Kristen O’Neal, CiCi Kelley and Rae Ransom-Coleman and many more. She is currently dancing for Dare Dream Dance Pro Company and RAIIN Dance Theater.

Concurrently, Kyla is a second year student in the Mercer Masters of Public Health and joint MD program, alongside dancing professionally, she is pursuing her education to become a Pediatric Neurosurgeon.