Karen Kaeja is an award winning performer, choreographer, educator, community builder and project instigator. Co-Artistic director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, she thrives on developing performance platforms provoking collaborative relationships between dancers, everyday people and the body. “The mastermind behind Porch View Dances” Toronto Star, she integrates public participation through community and participatory arts practices. Her awards include Dance Ontario's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation. Her recent work Crave received 4 Dora Mavor Moore nominations. Distinguished in The Canadian Who's Who, her other nominations include a performance Dora, American Choreography and Banff World Television Awards. She was a finalist for the TAF Muriel Sherrin Award, CDA Innovation Award, NOW Mag’s Best Local Choreographer and Best Dance Company. Commissioned and presented by performance series around the world from NFLD to Japan. she was the first resident dance artist for MUN/Dance NL and the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival. Read Karen's complete bio and resume.
Allen Kaeja is an internationally recognized and award winning Dance Film Director and Choreographer, who has created over 160 stage works and choreographed for 27 films. Allen is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Karen Kaeja, they were runner up of NOW Magazine’s BEST DANCE COMPANY 2015 award and he is co-founder of the CanAsian Dance Festival. His stage and film works have been presented in festivals around the world as well as teaching Kaeja Elevations and Dance Film master classes worldwide. Allen has received dozens of national and international commissions. His awards include Dance Ontario's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2016 Katheryn Ash Award for Choreography, and he was recently nominated for Ontario’s Arts Education Award. Allen also co-developed many site-specific and audience interactive engagement performance strategies with Karen Kaeja over the past 27 years. Read Allen's complete bio and resume.