Miranda Abbott Wittman is a professional dancer, choreographer as well as an author, educator and workshop leader, specializing in teaching curriculum through dance, art, and literature. She has provided Dance Equation workshops to hundreds of teachers and has taught thousands of children in Canada and Costa Rica.
After teaching educational workshops for several years, Miranda felt it necessary to create Dance Equations, a company that develops math dance programs with cross-curricular linkages for educators. Beyond Movement is the first of many educational resources developed and illustrated by Miranda to teach educators a new way of helping students understand complex mathematical concepts.
As the founder and chief artistic influence behind Event Horizon Dance, Miranda’s choreography focuses on math, science, philosophy, and political themes. Her dance company has been featured on several radio and television programs and her dancers have performed at many musical theatre productions and festivals.
Miranda has written programs and resource materials for The Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). She has also created illustrations, designs, and marketing materials for her company and numerous other organizations. She is currently writing her second book for Dance Equations. Some of her past projects include starting an Eco-School in Costa Rica called Niños del Sol. Find out more about the school on their website.
Miranda currently lives in San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica. In additions to Dance Equations, Miranda enjoys building communities through lifestyle consulting, helping her husband Joshua Wittman who is a RE/MAX agent. To learn more about this what they do as a team go to Make Costa Rica Home.
Miranda is a yoga teacher and teaches classes in the Central Valley, Costa Rica. You can watch her online tutorials at My Yoga With Miranda.
AS A YOGA TEACHER
Miranda Abbott Wittman is an experienced Yoga teacher who began the study of Iyengar Yoga at the age of 17. She has traveled and studied with many teachers but owes most of her training to David Robson. Miranda believes in delivering an authentic yogic experience and maintains a dedicated Ashtanga practice following the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Miranda has been a teacher of both yoga and dance for over 20 years and has loved every minute of it.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures — a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light, and a strong body, and a calm mind.
Miranda recently sold her yoga studio in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica. She was a well received teacher in the area for almost 10 years. She hopes to continue helping people at her new home in San Rafael de Alajuela.
If you’re visiting the Central Valley and want to keep up with your yoga practice, please contact Miranda to set up a private lesson. My Yoga with Miranda is a favorite with both visitors and permanent residents of Costa Rica. Whether a full-time student or attending classes for a short period of time, Miranda will introduce you to Ashtanga Yoga through her own creative interpretations of the style in a safe and effective manner.
AS A DANCER
Miranda has toured across Canada and performed original and memorable works by many choreographers and dancers, including David Earle, Carol Anderson, José Limón, Sharon Moore, Michael Trent, and Keith Lee of New York City, to name a few.
Miranda is also a member of the breakdance group So-Be-It Union and has appeared in music videos with Masia One and Classified. The So-Be-It Union was an opening act for Maestro Fresh Wes and has performed at Harbourfront’s ‘Beats, Breaks and Culture Festival, The Big Norm Show, Footprints, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Hip-Hop Festival.
She has toured to Berlin, Germany and is now performing in Costa Rica. The So-Be-It Union is a division of Event Horizon Dance and focuses primarily on urban dance forms.
AS A CHOREOGRAPHER
Miranda’s work as a choreographer has been featured at: In a White Room Performance Series, At the Wrecking Ball Performance Series, Art Gallery of Ontario, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Kitchener Waterloo Hip-Hop Expo, and Harbourfront’s ‘Beats, Breaks and Culture Festival. In addition, Miranda has choreographed pieces for the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, The Y.A.P. Company, and The Unionville School of the Arts.
She has also choreographed the musicals Beauty and the Beast (2008) and The Wizard of Oz (2009), The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2010) and Rent (2011) for Fallen Rock Productions.
Miranda has produced/choreographed several full-length evenings of dance for her company; Flight and Other Such Adventures and Dust…, both included pieces from older and current repertoire.
Most recently she has collaborated with Chestnut Hall Music and choreographed and performed in A Hero’s Journey (Cave of Echoes) alongside Libydo and musicians; Michale Occhipinti, Guy Few, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Hugh Marsh, Douglas Perry, Kevin Ramessar and mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell.