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About The Company


Photo by Sloan Timson

KYLA BARKIN was raised in Tempe, AZ., studied with “La Mariquilla” at the Academia de Ballet Flamenco in Granada, Spain and then received her B.A. in Dance from UCLA. Ms. Barkin has toured internationally, is  a  recipient of the Jean Irwin Award, and has been described as having an “exciting, physically expansive attack” by The New York Times.


In 2009, Kyla co-founded BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, a NYC based dance company, with Aaron Selissen, that performs and teaches globally.  Barkin’s choreography has been widely shown including at The Staller Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow 80th Anniversary at Inside/Out, Joyce SOHO, and the 92nd St Y. Her work has also been presented around the world at venues in Berlin, Germany, Edinburgh, Scotland, Indonesia, and more.


Barkin has been working with Janis Brenner & Dancers since 1998 and has taught and set works, of Brenner’s and her own, at institutions such as NCSA, The Juilliard School, The Joffrey School, Stony Brook University, and Tanzakademie Balance 1 in Berlin. She has also danced with other major companies including Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends, The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, The Doug Elkins Dance Company and Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet. She has been on faculty at USDAN Center for Performing Arts and continues to teach classes, private lessons and workshops in dance, fitness, and yoga both in the United States and internationally. Ms. Barkin is also proud to serve on the board of the Foundation for a Just Society.


Photo by Tom Caravaglia

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