Kira Kanani Seamon discovered the joy of dance while coming of age. As a classically trained ballet dancer, she thrived in traveling throughout the United States and Europe, and participated in a trainee summer intensive program at the famous Joffrey Ballet School. She later relocated to New York to continue her intensive training. After suffering from a leg injury at the age of 21, Ms. Seamon resolved to study body mechanics and kinesiology, in order to heal herself and return to pursuing her passion.
Ms. Seamon became a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She also received certification as a personal trainer and group exercise leader through the American Council on Exercise. A year after receiving training certifications, Ms. Seamon earned renown as a national dance champion, winning a total of 18 awards throughout a 10-year competition career.
Ms. Seamon’s four-decade journey in dance and choreography has gained her national recognition from countless industry publications, including Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit. Throughout her career, she has choreographed and premiered more than 100 original works and produced, directed, choreographed and danced in productions in prestigious venues throughout Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, with casts of up to 21 artists, singers, musicians and dancers. Most notably, she choreographed and performed the ballet section of Boston Fashion Week, and performed at a charity event benefitting the May Institute and the Ronald McDonald House in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to her work as a performer, Ms. Seamon also enjoyed working with children, previously serving as a dance teacher at a Massachusetts public school and teaching a workshop at the First Annual Massachusetts Dance Festival.
Today, Ms. Seamon channels her creative abilities into the visual arts. Her art, which has been recognized in more than 50 newspapers and in more than 40 articles in local and national publications, has likewise been displayed in more than 40 solo exhibitions since 2017. As a respected artist, Ms. Seamon has received more than 25 grants from the Framingham Cultural Council, as well as a certificate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Legislature. In 2019, she became the artist-in-residence of the Town of Natick, Massachusetts, at the Natick Center Cultural District.
As an artist-in-residence for the Town of Natick, Ms. Seamon’s responsibilities include participating in the Natick Artists Open Studios event, contributing to a monthly publication that details her residency experience and/or the role of arts and culture in the community, as well as attending all events organized by the Natick Center Cultural District. Additionally, Ms. Seamon actively documents and shares events through various outlets such as social media, blog posts, videos and photographs. Currently, she is focused on preparing a presentation for an end-of-term project that aims to engage the local community.
Throughout her career, Ms. Seamon’s work has been accepted, sold and won awards in juried shows across New England. Some of these include winning the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s 2018 Photography Competition in the People category and placing third place in the Norwood Art Association of Art in the Park. Likewise, Ms. Seamon received two Awards for Excellence in German and Punahou, as well as a personal letter signed by Senate President Karen Spilka. Her work has also aired on local television stations, including a 90-minute documentary produced on Dedham Public TV.
For individuals looking to pursue a career in the arts, Ms. Seamon believes that one should always strive achieve success and never give up, even if certain obstacles present a challenge. Looking toward the future, she aspires to expand the reach of her art to more museums and galleries. Ms. Seamon would also like to continue teaching through her Art in Bloom Workshop across the state and region.