Kimiko Miller, originally from Discovery Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica began dancing professionally in 1998 at Naggo Head Primary School. By the time she got to high school she was training in modern contemporary, Jazz, Folk, Hip Hop and Folk for five days a week for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Dance competition. While doing this, she had the privilege of attending the Ashe Performing Arts Company where she was being trained by some of the greatest choreographer in Jamaica like Michael Holgate and Joe Robinson (founder of Ashe) in dance, drama, music and edutainment.
She further went on to study dance at the Edna Manley of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2005, where she was vigorously trained in intermediate Ballet, West African, Traditional Folk, Jazz, Modern contemporary, Improvisation, Cuban modern, dance composition, Musical theatre and Dance therapy just to name a few.
She had the privilege of being adjudicated by the most recognised batch of Jamaican Dance Choreographers and Teachers like Prof. Rex Nettleford, Dr. L’antoinette Stines, Ms. Nicholeen De-grasse Johnson, Clive Thompson and Ms. Barbara Requa.
Recognition / Awards
Kimiko received her diploma in 2008, which was awarded by the Edna Manley College in Dance theatre and production. she was awarded the Bert Rose award for the most outstanding student in Dance Theatre and Production and the Sheila Barnett award for the most outstanding performer. In dance competitions, she earned trophies for the best pop and folk dancer and medals were awarded for various dance performances in all disciplines, in which she was often featured as part of a small group. She was also nominated for the Danceja Choreographer of the year 2012.
She has a received a scholarship (2007) to complete her studies at the Edna Manley College from the Dancing Dynamite competition where she was placed second. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography (second class honour degree)
Kimiko is currently a member of the DanceJa Movement and the L’acadco dance theatre company. She has worked with major Recording Artistes such as Sean Paul, Diana King, Sean Kingston, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, D’angel, Beres Hammond, RDX, Richie Stephens, Ishawna, Cherine Anderson, Taurus Riley, Voicemail, Kk Alese, and Q-ban. She has Choreographed for music videos such as, D’angel – Blaze, Cecile -Bad gal Medley, Diana king- yu dun know, and ‘Jeans and T-shirt’, Nordia ft Charley B – Gypsy Tango and and Angele smith. She also has great amount of choreographic work experiences with Harmony Dance Company which performs for hotels like Riu Hotels, Bahia Principe, Holiday Inn, Secrets, Grande Palladium, Iberostar, Sandals Mobay and Sunset beach. She has experiences with commercials such as:
• Raw medley (Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man, Macka diamond, Sanjay)
• Cherine Anderson( coming over tonight and Haffi come back)
• D’Angel (Blaze and you know you baby mother)
• Taurus Riley (She’s Royal and No limit)
• Konshens (Walk and Wine)
• Material Riddim (Sean Paul, Voicemail)
• Diana King (yuh dun know and Jeans and T-shirt)
• Italo (scattered around)
• Aidonia – Tip pon yuh toe
• Edna Manley
• Danceja Studio
• Reggae Sumfest
Cabaret Shows and Concerts
Beres Hammond in concert 2008)
Kimiko has created dancehall moves such as Chuh, Kuukuu, Cutie Pututi, Crunch and more to come. She possesses a natural love for the stage that’s very evident in her performances and has a distinct style which is renown throughout her presence. She is definitely not afraid to explode on stage and explore her creative, yet flexible moves, strength, stamina, versatility and well sequenced styles. She is working hard to obtain her dance studio where she can form her own dance company and create with her own unique dance styles. Her favourite quote is ‘Dance is my life, and I live it’.
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