TEACHING

Kaeja Elevations

Photo by Zhenya Cerneacov

Allen and Karen Kaeja’s partnering style, known as Kaeja Elevations, has played a vital role in the creation of Kaeja artistic works. Momentum, anchoring, and the architectural structure of the body complimented by gravity, create the unique characteristic of their style – encouraging the ability to have both partners in a state of propulsion and flow. Kaeja Elevations opens the door to a style of partnering where all participants are on an equal level playing field. This workshop helps to develop self-confidence and deeper communication as the perceived limitations of partnering are removed. Kaeja Elevations were developed by Allen, through two decades of refined exploration and collaboration with Karen.

Best Suited For

Grades 6 -12

Performing Arts Schools

Post-Secondary Training Programs

Teacher Workshops

Session Length

1 hour -1 week

Number of Students

Up to 30 students

Express Dance - Student Workshop

Express Dance is an inclusive, simple approach to bringing the joy of dance into any classroom. Developed by Allen and Karen Kaeja, Express Dance has been taught to more than 40,000 learners and teachers across Ontario and helps unleash the potential for physical expression latent within each and every individual. Express is ideal for your classroom because it:

  • Encourages students to discover new ways of learning dance using their own movement vocabulary

  • Is receptive to diverse forms of personal and cultural expression

  • Provides a supportive and fun environment, inclusive of ESL and all physical abilities

  • Supports current curriculum guidelines for dance education

“It addresses many of the curriculum expectations involving movement, space, critical thinking and collaboration, and breaks the mind barrier that children have about dance.” - Cindy Lopes, Montrose P.S.

Best Suited For

Grades 4 -12
Elementary Schools
High Schools

 

Session Length

A single 2-hour intensive

workshop, or two 60-minute sessions

 

Number of Students

Up to 30 students

Express Dance - Teacher Workshop

Express Dance teacher workshops provide educators with the hands-on tools and strategies they need to build curriculum-connected dance units for their students, regardless of their dance experience, age or physical ability. By “educating the educators,” our workshops give teachers the confidence to offer dance enrichment opportunities for students.

Each workshop is a full day (average 5 hours of instruction), with the morning session dedicated to learning preliminary methods of the Express Dance approach, and the afternoon focused on rudimentary choreography methods.

“Express Dance is a gift to educators and students. Through Express Dance, the students become the originators and the creators. This is thrilling art in action!” - Christine Jackson, District Wide Coordinator for the Arts, Toronto District School Board

“This was the BEST workshop I have done in my 12 long years sitting through dreary workshops...it was inspiring!” - Grade 8 Teacher, TCDSB

Best Suited For
Teacher Workshops

Conferences/Festivals


Session Length

Full day (average 5 hours of instruction)

Number of Students

Up to 30 participants

Educators' are encouraged to use our online order form here to order the Express Dance guide.

Express Dance Guide - Educators' Resource for Teaching Dance

Dance Film

Best Suited For
Grades 9 -12
Performing Arts Schools
Post-Secondary Training Programs

Dance and Media Programs
Teacher Workshops Conferences/Festivals


Session Length

One day to one week

Number of Students

Up to 30 students

Using his expertise as the creator/co-creator of over 19 dance films, Allen Kaeja offers a unique opportunity for students to develop skills and gain experience in the relatively underdeveloped, and hugely promising field, of dance for the screen. This hands-on, in-depth workshop will explore the marriage of these two moving mediums and include discussions, screenings and the filming of choreographic work while exploring the technical, practical and artistic challenges involved in producing a dance film. Students will work to create a number of short dance films and the workshop will ideally culminate in an informal screening of the work.

Dance Film workshops can range in duration from one day to one week, depending on the needs and interests of your program.

“Allen Kaeja’s choreography is remarkable for its contemporary movement with narrative structure allowing the work to be accessible to the general public." – Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, Bravo!FACT

Contact Improvisation

Best Suited For
Grades 6 -12
Performing Arts Schools
Post-Secondary Training Programs
Teacher Workshops


Session Length

1 to 1.5 hour long session​

Number of Students

Up to 30 students

Accessible, yet challenging for professional dancers and dancers-in-training alike, this workshop is designed to help dancers tap into the power of their unique physical architectures. Focus is given to the principles of Contact Dance that articulate the elements of weight transfer, balance/counter-balance, and elevation techniques.   Ultimately, the aim of this workshop is to explore the body’s ability to support momentum, to propel energy through space, and to feel comfortable in and out of Contact.

“Allen and Karen Kaeja rank amongst the best authorities in Canada in contact improvisation. Their partnering work is inspiring to watch and they bring to the classroom an incredible expertise, knowledge and energy.” – Nadia Potts, Ryerson University Former Dance Department Chair

Choreography

CONSUMED choreography by Karen Kaeja for The EDge at The Place, Dancers Sara Augieras & Sam Ford, photo by Camilla Greenwell.

This Kaeja workshop is designed to nurture and facilitate our inherent desire to create. The Kaejas bring decades of their personal experience choreographing innovative and critically acclaimed works. The participants will explore how to share personal stories through choreographic scores and setting choreography, dancing as individuals and in small groups.

 

Choreography workshops can range in duration from one day to one week, depending on the needs and interests of your program. Some past  institutions that we have completed commissioned creations for include: School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre,  and The EDge at The Place (UK).

“Having carved their own identity, the Kaejas’ choreography has always stood firmly and boldly in space.”  - Paula Citron, Globe and Mail

Best Suited For

Performing Arts Schools

Post-Secondary Training Programs Conferences/Festivals

Session Length

1 day to 1 week

Number of Students

Up to 30 students

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