Karla Puno Garcia is a NYC based performer, choreographer, and educator. She is currently a swing in the Broadway production Hamilton. Originally from Oxon Hill, MD, her first professional gig was at 12 years old, with Debbie Allen and James Ingram in Allen's Kennedy Center production of Brothers of the Knight. She got the bug and moved to the Big Apple!
Karla attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts on scholarship, completing a BFA in dance and a minor in journalism. She performed works by Kyle Abraham, Dwight Rhoden, and Bridget Moore. She made her Broadway debut in Hot Feet, a dance musical directed by Maurice Hines, then went on to perform in the Broadway revivals of West Side Story, and Gigi; and the National Tours of WIcked and Addam's Family.
Karla was a female finalist on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance (Season 5), and was seen on MTV’s ABDC as a member of the Boogie Bots. Other credits include touring Australia as a soloist for Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance; VH1 Divas Live; the Comedy Awards, Radio City, and a principal dancer on NBC’s SMASH (season 2). In 2011, she was named UNIpro Magazine’s Top 30 Filipinos Under 30.
As a choreographer, Karla is inspired by the great Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, and combines her technical foundations with different textures of Musical Theater, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. Her work has been performed at the 2015 NY Jazz Choreography Project, Jenn Jancuska's BC Beat, Jared Grimes' Broadway Underground, the Blake Whyte Music Festival, and Dancin' Downtown at the Joyce Theater, where her piece 'Ai Du' was selected as a finalist. She has choreographed music videos for The Knocks (featuring Matthew Koma), Gabi, and Kindness, whose single This is Not About Us, received rave reviews and her choreography was praised as 'infectious' by chartattack.com. Her conceptual video The Backroom was featured on Danceplug.com and Broadwayworld.com.
Karla teaches at studios, intensives, and conventions, and is an adjudicator for dance competitions including Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Dancers Inc., and more. She appreciates the uniqueness of each dancer, and encourages students to take ownership of thier individuality and overall sense of artistic self.