Heryka Miranda Biography
Heryka Miranda is a dance artist and community worker with Guatemalan American Mestiza heritage, now a Canadian citizen. She was a recipient of the Access and Career Development Award from the Ontario Arts Council in 2012 and completed an apprenticeship under professional Mexican dance artist and choreographer from the Yaqui Nation, Norma Araiza, in Aboriginal dance composition, choreography and performance in the Indigenous Performance Studies program at Trent University.
Her dance creations are guided by working with disability arts, Indigenous dance/theatre and expressive arts healing approaches. Heryka sees dance and activism as her most effective therapy to heal from oppression—a way for her to reclaim the right to simply 'be' and choose what to do in her own body. Heryka’s dance work influences stem from her bicultural identity as a daughter of Guatemalan immigrant parents with Mayan and European heritage; born and raised in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The struggles and triumphs endured alongside her family and Central American immigrant community have always been a huge source of influence in her artistic works, community work and political activism.
Heryka holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, specializing in Latin American Studies from the University of Maryland. Currently she is a graduate student at Brock University in the faculty of applied health sciences, specializing in health and physical education. Her work focuses on the process of healing from historic trauma through dance and movement.