Artistic director, Dance Key West freelance dancer and choreographer What look are you going for here? Convenient and comfortable. I am always a little homesick for NYC, so as soon as the weather turns, I like to get the boots out. I always try to add a little sass—a fun splash of something, like a hat or a piece of jewelry or scarf. Why are you wearing this? Red lipstick and mascara are my best friends and my boots, aviators, and my headphones are my staples. I also love onesie jumpsuits and rompers because I am in rehearsal all the time. One-piece rompers go over my dancewear. Three items you will keep forever? My red Halston dress, my Donna Karan jean jacket that I got in New York, and my Hayden-Harnett one-piece, button-up romper. Describe your day. I usually start the day with a Pilates class, then I spend the afternoon choreographing at the studio. What are you working on? A show called Annunciation Street, this collaboration with the band the Mumbles from New Orleans. It is going to be a dance narrative. Keith Bernstein, the front man, is a beautiful songwriter and piano man. I’m taking his music, building a story, and weaving it through as they play live with us. It will be an evening of live music, live dance, and storytelling. I’m also working on designing a new dance show that will be structured improv, including audience participation, which will be at the Key West Theater on Eaton Street this spring. What do you wear when performing? I am obsessed with dancewear and I love the simplicity of dance clothes that have simple, clean lines so the movement can speak for itself. The story should be in the movement and that doesn’t require a lot of fabric. What is an absolute necessity that every Key Wester must have in the closet? Sunglasses! Favorite boutiques in Key West? Wanderlust boutique is my wardrobe. Any money I make goes there. Owner Casey Crockett is such a great buyer —she just nails it. What did you buy most recently? This little cute green dress from Wanderlust by Naked Zebra. It is grassgreen and perfect for Key West. Is there a Key West look? Yes, there is. It is about board shorts, rainbow sandals, bikinis, sunglasses and T-shirts. Because everyone is so relaxed, you can “come as you are.” You can go out to an elegant fancy dinner and wear something completely casual or wear something completely ridiculous to a casual place. Anything goes. What is your personal motto? A quote from Saul Bass: “I want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares.” —Juliet Gray For more information on Kyla and Dance Key West, visit www.dancekeywest.org.
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