Assistant Professor of Practice - Dance
Kyla Olson is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. Since joining the faculty in 2008, she has taught various levels of ballet, modern and jazz, as well as Dance History, Dance Production Activities I and II, Principals of Choreography I and II, Musical Stage Dance, Hip Hop, Pointe, Conditioning for Performers and Dance in the Community. Professor Olson serves as a choreographer for the University Dance Company and is the faculty adviser for Dancers with Soul, a hip-hop dance student organization. Professor Olson choreographs the school’s annual musical, with Avenue Q in October 2014 and Cabaret in May 2015. She currently serves as a member of the Creative Arts Core Curriculum Subcommittee.
Professor Olson is a resident choreographer for Lubbock Moonlight Musicals and Moonlight Dinner Theatre. She has choreographed their productions of White Christmas, Annie, High School Musical, The King and I, Forever Plaid, Three Redneck Tenors, Camelot, My Son Pinocchio, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees, Peter Pan,Annie Get Your Gun, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, Titanic, Shrek the Musical, Oklahoma! and The Pirates of Penzance. In August 2013, Ms. Olson directed and choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Professor Olson is the Executive Director, as well as a choreographer and performer, for Lubbock’s professional dance company Flatlands Dance Theatre (www.flatlandsdance.org). In 2011, Flatlands Dance Theatre was invited to perform Olson’s trio Dissections at the PILOT: Choreographers Take Flight Festival in Dallas. See The Modern Woman, a work by Olson and Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, was invited to perform at the 254 Dance Festival in Waco, Texas in 2012. FDT recently produced a concert titled Ordinary Wars, featuring a work by Professor Olson performed on the TTU campus, at local and regional conferences, and toured to Virginia Tech and University of Detroit. She has collaborated with local artists and worked with guest artists Posey Knight, Melissa Pihos, Sarah Gamblin and the DFW-based dance company Big Rig Dance Collective.
Professor Olson holds a BFA in Dance from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and a MFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. For her thesis, she researched and wrote Double Jeopardy: An Examination of the Experience of Jewish Female Holocaust Survivors as a Catalyst for Choreography. Professor Olson has danced with Ballet Lubbock, Lone Star Ballet, Lone Star Rising and the Kista Tucker Dance Company. She participated in the Open Look Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, performing with companies from all over the world. Miss Olson has also worked with such artists as Joy Kellman and Natalia Kasparova and has studied with Suzanne Aker, Yvonne Racz, Neil Hess, Edward Truitt, Dana Nicolay, Jennifer Pontius, Jonathan Charles and Kista Tucker. She has also presented original choreography and taught master classes across the state over the past decade, including teaching and presenting original choreography at the American College Dance Association festival and the National Dance Education Organization Conference.
BFA - West Texas A&M University
MFA - Sam Houston State University
Certificates: American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3
Email Instructor Kyla Olson
Office: Creative Movement Studio 105
Office Phone: 742-3409