PTA Artist: Pones, Inc. – Kim Popa
Title: “The Heart”
Dance performance by: Pones, Inc.
KIM POPA has studied dance for 29 years and graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in theatre and dance from Northern Kentucky University. Popa is a professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and also teaches dance classes at Springer Center, The Carnegie, SCPA, and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, as well as multiple dance workshops around the tri-state. Popa danced at the CrisisArt Festival in Arezzo, Italy in 2014 and the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, and performed in multiple NKU mainstage productions and modern dance concerts. In addition to teaching and performing, Popa is the Executive Director, co-founder, and performing member of Pones Inc. Beyond Pones Inc., she has choreographed for multiple award-winning productions at NKU, New Edgecliff Theatre, and Know Theatre. She is a member of the Young Professionals Board at the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, a trustee on the board of OhioDance, serves as a “big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has a passion for art and volunteerism in many forms.
PONES, INC. provides artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance. Founded in 2008, Pones Inc. has collaborated with over 200 artists and 80 arts and service organizations. The company creates site-specific performances through a fusion of movement and dance with other art forms. Pones Inc.’s accessible and participatory performances have been seen in over 90 Greater Cincinnati locations, as well as Indianapolis, and Chicago. Ongoing programs are available year round for artists and art groups, schools, and businesses. Pones Inc. performers use their bodies to speak their minds. The collective uses its signature ‘pedestrian-inspired’ movement to spark collaboration, connection, and community. Pones Inc. believes that art creates powerful change.