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Kara Starkweather is a California native, growing up in the South Bay Area. She has been dancing and making dances as soon as she could walk. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Spanish from the University of California at Davis in 2000. She then moved to Santiago, Chile where she danced with Compania Movimiento.

She moved to the rugged and beautiful Mendocino Coast in 2002 to start a family of her own. She started the Mendocino Dance Project in 2014 and continues to direct the company, producing annual shows, offering classes and workshops, and facilitating an elementary dance education program in some of the local schools. She is committed to helping art thrive in rural communities.

In addition to running her own company, Kara is an active dancer with the internationally acclaimed company BANDALOOP, she has collaborated and toured with the Flynn Creek Circus, choreographed for the Gloriana Opera Company, and partnered with other local arts organizations and individual artists in Mendocino County.

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