Allen and Karen Kaeja
Contact towards Choreography
Learn to create exciting impulse based choreography sequences with Karen and Allen Kaeja. Masters of the Art of Contact Dance -- Paula Citron, CJN, this dynamic team will take you through an athletic and exhilarating workshop focusing on the ease of skillful partnering, and momentum through space. Coming straight from their professional style of creation, the Kaeja's will share their internationally recognized artistic journey.
Allen Kaeja is an internationally recognized, award winning choreographer and filmmaker. Invited in 1981 by the Ontario Olympic Wrestling Federation, to compete for “the team,” he chose dance as his career instead. He has created over 100 stage works, written two books and directed/choreographed for twenty-six films. Allen is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with his wife Karen and co-founder of the CanAsian Dance Festival. He teaches master workshops in Kaeja Elevations worldwide, and his dances have been presented in festivals around the globe. Over the years, Allen has received dozens of national and international commissions, including in Norway, Sweden, UK, India, the USA, and Mexico. His Norwegian commission, Jericho, has been touring Scandinavia for two years. Allen was the International Guest Choreographer and judge for Mexico’s Canal22: OperaPrima.
Karen Kaeja is a 2009 Dora performer nominee. Included in Canadian and Who's Who Encyclopedia’s, she has won several awards and nominations and is noted in NOW magazine as “one of the country’s best dance artists”. Her career as a performer and creator spans ten countries and exceeds 17 internationally award winning dances.
Allen and Karen were finalists in the Now Magazine “Best Local Choreographer 2011” and Canadian Dance Assembly I Love Dance National Awards for Innovation and Community, of which they won the latter