Minerva Tapia is a Mexican-American choreographer, educator and company director of the Minerva Tapia Dance Group. Tapia holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Tapia received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of California, Irvine in 2006, and in 1986 she received her B.A. at the Escuela de Danza Gloria Campobello in Tijuana, Mexico.
Innovative and experienced artist, performer, and teacher with 20 years of experience in professional choreography and 15 years of experience teaching at university and community college levels.She has honed her art at dance studios in Mexico, New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, and in Cuba, where she studied for seven years. In 1995 she formed the Minerva Tapia Dance Group, which has established important cross-border artistic collaborations.
Her work has been performed in Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and the United States. Among its most notable choreographies are Borderline Bodies, Juana's Little Machine, Flaquita, and Ellas danzan solas/ Illegal Border. Tapia is also the co-founder of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Choreographic Showcase, The San Diego/Tijuana Dance on Film Festival and “La Medalla al Arte Dancístico,” an award bestowed upon notables from the dance world. Her research interest focuses on the production of contemporary dance at the U.S.-Mexico border. www.minervatapia.net