Minerva Tapia is a Mexican-American choreographer, educator and company director of the Minerva Tapia Dance Group. Tapia received her Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies in 2014 at the University of California, Riverside. She 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. 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 and linkages. Her work has been performed in Argentina, Spain, 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. Minerva 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.