Kealoha Alex Ferreira

Dancer since 2013. Artistic Associate. Co-Leader, Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice since 2018.

Kealoha Ferreira is an AAPI dance artist of Native Hawaiian and Filipino, Chinese ancestry, from Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to Mnisota in 2011 and began working with Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT) in 2013. Her love for the company and its contemporary technique, Yorchha, took hold while she was a dance major at the University of Minnesota. In 2018 Kealoha was named ADT’s Artistic Associate and Co-Leader of its St Paul home, the Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice, where she teaches community classes, hosts events, and leads company rehearsals. Kealoha also conducts dance residencies with local schools and organizations such as Gordon Parks, North, and South West High Schools, The High School for Recording Arts and Young Dance, introducing Yorchha technique, restaging ADT repertoire, and guiding artists in creating empowering choreographies that investigate identity and community through a social justice framework.