Kiona Bunch found her passion for dance through musical theatre when her high school drama teacher and influential role model, Paul Tomei, taught her that “any movement made is ultimately a dance, you just need to listen closely to hear the music.” She explored this idea in many productions under his wing such as The Cave, 42nd Street, Bye-Bye Birdie, and was even given the roll of directing the one-act short: Baby.
Since then Kiona has dedicated her time refining her art in dance styles such as ballet, tap and contemporary. She also has been trained in other styles such as hip-hop, salsa, belly dance, modern, and jazz. Kiona was a member of American River Dance Company for three years before graduating with an Associate’s degree and continuing her education further at Sacramento State University where she now studies Psychology, but wishes to keep dance a part of her life long after graduation.
Kiona has a firm belief that you are never too young or too old to start dancing. She hopes to spread this belief and inspire those around her to find the art of dance within their own lives.