WOFA Board of Directors President
Kim Strunk, originally from Corpus Christi, TX, is a dance artist, educator and administrator whose professional and academic career spans over three decades. From 1984-1996, Kim garnered national recognition as a charismatic lead dancer with Repertory Dance Theatre. In 1992, while still performing with RDT, Kim delved into Congolese dance as a participant in the annual Congolese Dance and Drum Workshop in Northern California. This cultural immersion ignited her passion for African dance and led to focused studies in Congolese and West African dance and culture. In 1996, Kim founded RDT’s Community School African dance class. Executive/Artistic Director,Linda C. Smith stated: “Kim didn’t just start a class, she built a movement, an appetite for African dance in Utah.” In 2002, Kim earned an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah after defending her thesis “Coming to Voice as a Contemporary Artist through the Investigation of African Art and Motion.” Upon graduation, Kim joined the faculty at Utah Valley University where she served as Department Chair for eight years and attained the rank of Associate Professor before retiring in 2014. She currently resides in Spanish Wells, Bahamas where she has taken up dancing on her paddle board.