photo by  Arna Bee

photo by Arna Bee

The way she wove narration and abstract movement suggests she's one to watch.

--Santa Barbara Independent, reviewing Face Value


Kaita received degrees in Dance and Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She studied movement techniques with professors Susan Gingrasso, Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, and the late, great, James Moore.  

Following graduation, she traveled to Thailand with the Thailand Project where she worked at an orphanage, teaching dance to children who had been victims of human trafficking.

Upon moving to Santa Barbara, she worked with Misa and Stephen Kelly of Sonneblauma Dancz Theatre (now ArtBark International).  Additionally, she has worked with notable local choreographer Robin Bisio of Robin Bisio films, Weslie Ching Dance, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and has performed and choreographed for several forums and festivals along the West Coast.  Her original duet, Face Value, debuted at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara and received positive reviews. She was a soloist and company member of Nebula Dance Lab for three seasons.  She has performed nationally from California to New York, and  internationally in Turkey and Italy.  


Open Source Movement Research (OSMR)

Kaita's current collaborations have taken her into the realm of interactive technology and media in dance.  She formed Open Source Movement Research in 2013, a Santa Barbara-based collective of dancers, visual artists, musicians, and technologists who meet weekly to explore creation and collaboration in an improvisational setting.  The group is dedicated to working at the intersection of multiple media, with a focus on movement and the body.  There is a shared interest in allowing physical expression to take on whatever form it needs to.  OSMR performed their original work Beautiful Ghosts in collaboration with musician Jamey Geston at the Girls Rock! Benefit Concert in 2014 and again for the documentary screening of What the F@#- is Cancer at the Plaza Playhouse Theater.  OSMR is interested in exploring all forms of creation and collaboration in a non judgmental setting.

photo by Mohit Hingorani

photo by Mohit Hingorani