#166 – Kara Menendez – MOULIN ROUGE

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Kara Menendez / @kara.menendez

Kara Menendez is a New Jersey native. She began her dance training at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. Kara went on to further her dance studies at Marymount Manhattan College, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance, with a Ballet Concentration and a Business Minor. Kara has performed works by Emery Lecrone, Paul Taylor, Darrell Moultrie, Norbet De La Cruz, Adam Barruch, Breton Tyner-Bryan and Larry Keigwin. She has also had the opportunity to train at the Vancouver Arts Umbrella, San Francisco Conservatory, Ballet Hispanico, Northwest Dance Project, Movement Invention Project, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Parsons Dance. Kara is a Springboard Danse Montreal alumni, where she had the honor of performing work by Peter Chu.

As a professional artist, Kara has been fortunate to work in many facets of the entertainment industry. In addition to concert dance, her professional credits include singing and acting in Off- Broadway shows at Royal Family Productions, Virginia Repertory Theatre, and Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Internationally, she has performed in Tokyo Broadcasting Service’s production of West Side Story at IHI Stage Around; a 360 degree theatre in Tokyo, Japan. Kara has also been featured in a music video for the pop-rock band KITTEN. She had the honor of performing on the 74th annual Tony Awards for the presentation of Broadway’s Back! with the cast of MOULIN ROUGE! The Musical.

Kara is a proud recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Artistic Leadership and Excellence in Dance. She is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and is represented by Clear Talent Group.

Kara believes in giving back to the community as she shares her passion and craft with many students around the state of New Jersey. Kara continuously returns back to her high school as a choreographer. Kara is also a dance competition adjudicator for Starbound National Talent Competition.


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