Kylah Powell is a Vancouver born resident who attended on scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She studied dance under Leni Wylliams, Mary Pat Henry and Paula Webber, and also spent a summer in New York as a student at the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre.
Kylah currently teaches a variety of dance disciplines at Place Des Arts, and over the past few years her choreography has won numerous awards throughout the Lower Mainland, including “Choreography of entire Dance Power Festival” for 5 years. She has performed in various festivals over the years, and her choreography has been showcased in the B.C. Festival of Arts, among many other events. In 2009, she choreographed and performed in a short film titled ‘Swell Season’, which screened at the Chicago International Film & Music Festival. During that time she was also part of Project CPR, a project focusing on the choreographic process, directed by Claire French. Choreographers included Sara Coffin, Heather Laura Gray and Caroline Liffman. Kylah’s most memorable moment came in 2010, when she danced in the Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies!
Kylah was a national level competitive gymnast for many years, competing both locally, and out of province and country. This experience proved to be invaluable, as the teaching and choreographing of circus arts at Cirkids became another creative aspect to her life.
In 2005, Kylah and Sarah Sutherland formed CollabArt Creations, a contemporary dance company whose goal is to showcase the artistic collaboration of dancers, performers, and artists of various mediums in the public domain. They have produced and choreographed several full-length shows throughout the Lower Mainland, all of which were well received by enthusiastic audiences! Sarah has since moved away from Vancouver to pursue other interests, and Kylah continues on with CollabArt Creations, collaborating with artists including choreographers, dancers, photographers, painters, film directors/producers.