LEVEL 1: NOVEMBER 9-13, 2020

LEVEL 2: NOVEMBER 16-20, 2020

Photo by Zhenya Cerneacov. Allen & Karen Kaeja.

Kaeja Elevations defined and created by Allen Kaeja, are developed from over three decades of refined exploration and collaboration with Karen Kaeja    

"Allen is highly skilled, deeply committed, collegial, incredibly positive and an artist with great integrity. He has a unique ability to make the Kaeja Elevations accessible to everyone he teaches, regardless of their level of experience - he inspires confidence in all students and teaches them to “fly” with ease, expertise and a wonderful sense of joy."

Vicki St. Denys (Director, Dance Program/Associate Professor, Ryerson School of Performance, Ryerson University)


Kaeja Elevations® (KE) is an approach to partnering where all genders, experience and physique are on a level playing field. Rooted in contact improvisation, KE relies on the architectural structure of two bodies interacting while complimented by gravity, momentum, propulsion, breath and flow. Best suited for Grades 6-12 and art schools. 

In this 5-day course, you will get the tools you need to teach students and dancers to work collectively to safely soar through the air and surpass their expectations.


All certified teachers receive the following:

  • A certificate of completion (annual renewal fees apply)

  • Ability to advertise themselves as a certified KE teacher

  • A listing on our website highlighting them as a registered KE teacher

  • Online access to our digital KE video library ​including: tutorials, demonstrations, and KE in performance

Level 1 Certification Course Details

Date: November 9-13, 2020

Time: From 9am-6pm each day


Early Bird (until July 1, 2020) - $950

Regular Price (after July 1, 2020) - $1400

Location: Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto)

Level 2 Certification Course Details

Date: November 16-20, 2020

Time: From 9am-6pm each day

Fee: $1200

Location: Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto)


"I have taught Kaeja Elevations workshops in Toronto, Vancouver, and Boston. I love being able to offer a technique that is so unique, accessible and exciting, that also has such a rich history behind it."


—  Jenn Edwards, 2018 Level 1 Graduate



Runs annually


Sharp edged, densely packed and redolent with disturbing beauty” TimeOut Mag, UK


Allen Kaeja is an internationally recognized and award-winning Choreographer and Dance Film Director, who has created over 160 stage works and choreographed for 28 films. Allen is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Karen Kaeja, and he is co-founder of the CanAsian Dance Festival. His stage and film works have been presented in festivals around the world. Allen has received numerous national and international commissions, and teaches Kaeja Elevations and Dance Film master classes worldwide. He just completed a new dance film for Bell Media and Marqueearts. He and Karen spent the last year in Israel, China, Japan, Mexico and the UK.


Allen’s awards include the prestigious Clifford Lee, KM Hunter, and Fleck Choreography Awards (Canada), the Bonnie Bird Award (UK), a UNESCO citation, and he was recently nominated for Ontario’s Arts Education Award and received the Katheryn Ash Award for Choreography. Allen also co-developed many site-specific and audience interactive engagement performance strategies with Karen Kaeja over the past 30 years.


Allen Kaeja places great emphasis on education, having taught over 40,000 professional and amateur learners worldwide in workshops over the past 30 years. These include: Kaeja Elevations, Improvisation, Creative Dance, Contact Dance, Dance Film and Choreography. Allen and Karen were the first teachers of Contact Dance at the National Ballet School, they are on faculty at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, and Allen has been on faculty at Ryerson University since 2002. He teaches in most schools with dance programs throughout Metro TO.  Their book EXPRESS DANCE: Educators’ Resource to Teaching Dance is a recommended book for the Ontario Dance Curriculum. Kaeja is in their 10th partnership agreement with the Toronto District School Board and received four “Acknowledgements of Excellence” over the past eight years. Allen was also nominated for the 2015 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award and the Kaejas were finalists in the TD Diversity Award.


Registration in the Kaeja Elevations Certification Course is by application only. Please submit the following registration materials as one PDF by email to urban@kaeja.org at least one week prior to the start of the Certification Course:

  • Letter of Interest 

  • Dance CV highlighting training

References may be requested upon a successful review of your application.