Krista Bower // DADA Panelist 2015

84264d7d-73c0-4f65-96fa-59add0b39b08Krista Bower, MFA, is a faculty member in the Belhaven University Dance Department in Jackson, MS. At the university, she enjoys the opportunity to teach contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and pedagogy courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. Bower has presented her research at the Congress on Research in Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars, and National Dance Education Organization conferences.

Bower performed with Living Water Dance Company in Jackson, Mississippi from 2005 – 2006. In 2008, she co-founded Front Porch Dance, a Mississippi-based contemporary dance company. Bower is the co-director of the company, as well as a choreographer and performer. She enjoys the opportunity to collaborate and perform with dancers, musicians, and visual artists throughout the state.

In addition to teaching at Belhaven University, Bower owns and directs the Yazoo City School of Dance, training students of all ages. Bower served on the staff of the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006 and 2010, and she was the Dance School Administrator for the 2014 USA IBC Dance School and Teacher Training Program. Krista is also a founding instructor of the Dance for Parkinson’s program in Jackson, MS.

Bower was a 2011 recipient of a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a merit-based award given to “professionals producing works of high artistic quality.” In 2013, the Mississippi Business Journal named Bower one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women.”