Keila Cordova grew up writing stories and watching her mother dance in Panama before migrating to California, where she was both a gymnast and a cheerleader. She soon began creating movement work of her own and went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Rhetoric and studied Modern Dance under the direction of David and Marnie Wood, former dancers with the Martha Graham Company. Cordova is a choreographer, performer and writer whose work has been performed at Judson Church, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, New York City at Aaron Davis Hall, the Cool NY Dance Festival, the Solar One Arts Festival, Dixon Place, the Boogie Down Dance Festival, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Art & Dance), the D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival, Spanic Attack, Clement Soto Velez Center, the HERE Arts Center, Mulberry Street Theater, as well as the Kelly Strayhorn's newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival (Pittsburgh, PA), Celebrate Dance Festival (San Diego, CA), Outlet Dance Project at the Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Sweat Modern Dance Festival (Hoboken, NJ), the Around the Coyote Festival (Chicago) and the Toronto Dance Fringe (fFIDA).
Cordova has created theatrical choreography for Living Arts Productions remounted international tour of Porgy Bess; Johnny 23 (The Producers Club II), Looking Up (The Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Bacchae (NY Fringe, American Living Room Festival), and Dominicas Smile (Grove Theater). As a dancer/performer she has worked with Headlong Dance, Dean Moss, Meg Wolfe, Pele Bauch, Arthur Aviles Typical Theater, Wanted X-Cheerleaders (choreographed by Jody Oberfelder, directed by Kim Irwin), Dani Nikas, Janine Williams, Amy Pivar, Rena Gluck among others. Cordova has received artistic support with the Funds for New Work awards from Aaron Davis Hall, a commission from the Greenwall Foundation and the International Center for Advanced Studies; artist residency awards from the Constance B. Saltonstall Foundation, The Millay Colony, Norcroft, as well as an Audre Lorde Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and has taught movement workshops in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta.