Hanging on Bars
MFA Student

261 UCB
Dance Graduate Office
University Theatre Building, Room W1B55

Kristen Holleyman is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, actor, filmmaker, and a lover of life! Originally from Denver, Colorado, she earned her B.A. in Spanish, Secondary Education, and a Minor in Dance from The University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles, and trained in ballet, contemporary modern, jazz, house, hip hop, contact improvisation, floorwork, gaga, and acting for film and television. She is extremely grateful for her teachers, including but not limited to Tasha Hamilton, Sofia Carreras, John Pennington, Randi Fleckenstine, Toogie Barcelo, Gaga Workshops (Danielle Agami, Adi Salant, Nitzan Ressler) Amy Secada, Moncell "Ill Kozby" Durden, Chris Eckert, and Jimmy Fowlie. 

Kristen has danced with Los Angeles-based companies: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (Heidi Duckler, Toogie Barclelo), The Movement Movement (Mecca Vazie Andrews), The Iris Company (Sophia Stoller), Intersect Dance Theatre (Sophia Carreras), Maritza Navarro, Elokú (Alfonzo Cervera), Mixed eMotion Theatrix (Janet Roston), Datugan Dance Theatre (Ken Datugan) and Jam Today Dance Theatre (Robin O'Dell). She also participated in The Cohan Collective, a week-long artist residency produced and directed by Robert Cohan (Martha Graham), Yolande Yorke, and hosted by John Pennington. Her industry credits include working with performing artists Daft Punk, Psy, and Mya, she is the principal actor in a National Samsung campaign, and the lead actor in the film, "Art of Blood".

Kristen’s choreography, which often includes acting elements and spoken word, has been presented at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico, Brockus Space Los Angeles, Highways Performance Space Santa Monica, and Radiant Space Los Angeles. She was assistant choreographer to Teresa "Toogie" Barcelo on Lawrence Rothman's "Wolves Still Cry" music video, and choreographed a music video for Cassie Brandi, featuring Heidi Brewer. Kristen has created, choreographed, co-directed, and produced dance films currently in post production, focusing on matters of mental health and the environment. She enjoys the collaborative process involving contemporary, floor work, partnering and theatrical elements, visceral embodied movement and imaginative expression, and seeks themes of the human condition, understanding, and connection in her work. 

Additionally, Kristen teaches dance to children, adults, bilingual students, and special needs students. She has taught in studios, schools, site specific workshops and community centers in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver, Boulder, The UK, Belgium, Ecuador, Germany, and Austria. She teaches dance bilingually, and taught dance in Spanish at an Each One Teach One camp in Quito, Ecuador, as well as while being a Spanish teacher at Kallpachay Spanish Immersion in Los Angeles. Her teaching style is comprised of improvisation, floorwork, ballet, contemporary modern, acting, and hip hop elements. Her goal as a teacher is to guide and nourish movers in cultivating their own embodied movement voice. Through the practice of tuning into instinct and intuition, creating physical availability, sensitivity, and efficiency through clear intention, Kristen's integrates the mind, body, soul, and atmosphere into guiding movement exploration and discovery. 

Kristen is also a proponent for building community through dance, and has been a committee member and teacher for Contemporary Modern Dance Collective, a community based masterclass hosted weekly at Brockus Space, Los Angeles. She believes in facilitating healing, empowerment, and cultural exchange through community dance. Kristen is currently an M.F.A. candidate in Choreography with emphasis in Film and Culture at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she also teaches contemporary/modern and is a teaching assistant for a Dancing Histories class. Kristen looks forward to building bridges through movement exchange, and considers herself a lifelong learner, finding inspiration in love, life, and compassion, and through family and friends who have made a difference in her life.