TEACHERS

Kaeja Elevations Certified Teachers

The following is a list of those who have taken the Kaeja Elevations Certification Course and are in good standing:

LEVEL 1

Drew Berry

Caryn Chappell

Timothy Cowart

Tanya Svazas Cronin
Slava Doval

Jenn Edwards

Lawrence Fung

Mateo Galindo Torres

Nickeshia Garrick

Karin Kato

Kate Knox

Philip McDermott

Geanderson Mello

Sylvie Moquin

Jen Murray

Olivia Proudfoot

Minerva Muñoz Rodríguez

Mio Sakamoto

Deltin Sejour

Tara Wilson

Tatsuya Yasumoto

Kaeja d'Dance Teachers

The following is a list of teachers contracted by Kaeja d'Dance:

Jenn Edwards is a contemporary dance artist based in Toronto. Born and raised in Vancouver, she fell in love with movement through competitive figure skating. Jenn completed a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University in 2010, after which she studied contact improvisation on a scholarship at EDAM. From 2010-2012, she co-directed Triadic Dance Works, a collective that performed extensively in Vancouver as well as in Seattle and Berlin, and produced two full-length works. From 2013 to 2015, Edwards was based in Europe and toured with Vienna’s Flowmotion Dance Company through Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, London, Turkey, The Middle East, India, Brazil and Mexico. Jenn has showcased her own choreography at Fusion Festival (Berlin), 12 Minutes Max (Vancouver and Seattle), Gold Saucer Studio, Vines Art Festival, To.Be.Announced and the Calgary and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals and New Blue Dance (Toronto). Choreographic residencies include The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, Mascall Dance’s BLOOM series and Garage Performing Arts Centre (Corfu, Greece). Most recently, Jenn has danced in works by Karissa Fyrrar (Polynomials Body Theatre), Jamee Valin (Valence Movement) and The Parahumans (David Wilson). She is also a skating artist with Le Patin Libre, based in Montreal.a dance artist, born and raised in Columbia, with side projects in film, photography, and music editing. As an independent artist, Torres has performed professionally in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, and Panama. Torres is a Co-Artistic Director and Founding Member of Form Contemporary Dance Theatre. With Form, Torres has choreographed and presented multiple pieces in different Canadian cities. Torres’ work is often politically charged, inspired by social subject matters, and fuses his eclectic movement background.  

Ana Claudette Groppler was born in Toronto. She discovered her love of dance at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, and pursued her training further, graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2011. Groppler has worked with Toronto Heritage Dance, Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, Nancy Latoszewski, Signal Theatre, Fiona Griffiths, Kaeja d’Dance, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, The Go To Company, and Social Growl Dance. Groppler has performed her own work in shows with Dance Matters, Nextfest, the Parahumans and Magpie Dances. She toured across Mexico with Kaeja d’Dance in 2016.

Mateo Galindo Torres is a dance artist, born and raised in Columbia, with side projects in film, photography, and music editing. As an independent artist, Torres has performed professionally in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, and Panama. Torres is a Co-Artistic Director and Founding Member of Form Contemporary Dance Theatre. With Form, Torres has choreographed and presented multiple pieces in different Canadian cities. Torres’ work is often politically charged, inspired by social subject matters, and fuses his eclectic movement background.  

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 and was recently nominated for Ontario’s Arts Education Award and received the Katheryn Ash Award for Choreography 2016. Allen also co-developed many site-specific and audience interactive engagement performance strategies with Karen Kaeja over the past 27 years. Allen and Karen have just completed a full company tour to Mexico and they will be heading to Newfoundland, Vancouver, Moncton, UK and Japan next year before their next major concert in May 2017. Read Allen's complete bio.

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 the 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.

Lilia Leon  is a Mexican-Canadian performing artist with Mestizo heritage, with a versatile career as a dancer, actor, choreographer and arts educator. She has collaborated with Indigenous, Canadian and Latin American artists, who have left an imprint in her artistic practice. She has built a long-standing relationship with Kaeja d’Dance through multiple roles including teaching, performance, volunteer coordination and being mentored by Karen and Allen in many areas of her career. Lilia holds a B.A. in dance from York University, and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Kate Knox is an established dancer known for her versatility and infectious energy. After earning her BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University, Kate went on to work with notable Canadian artists such as The Canadian Opera Company, Second City Toronto, Motus O Dance Theatre, Love Letters Cabaret, City Dance Corps and Kaeja d’Dance. Her skills vary from ballet to contemporary, musical theatre to cabaret. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Kate is an energetic and supportive teacher, educating both young and old, from absolute beginner to professional. Currently, Kate is the co-artistic director of the vintage cabaret company High Society Cabaret, as well as the artist behind Knox Harter, the Cheesecake Darling.

Heather Mills  is a captivating performer and an inspiring teacher. She grew up in Langley, BC and completed her BFA Honors in Dance at York University in Toronto. During her University education she was the artistic director of Impact Dance Collective for two years where she gained experience teaching, choreographing and performing. With Impact Dance she produced Elevation, an evening-length work of her own choreography. Since completing her BFA, Heather has worked with various choreographers, companies and artists in Toronto, including Kaeja d’Dance, Hanna Kiel, The Garage, The Parahumans, LR Productions, the CMW Fest, and CPA Centre. She also acted in the musical The Big Pictureand starred in the indie film One End of Heaven. She has greatly benefited from an extended mentorship in choreography with Karen Kaeja. During this time Heather choreographed a solo titled “Satiate Me” which toured southern Ontario in 2015 as well as a duet titled "Connection" which premiered at New Blue Dance Festival in June 2016.

Mio Sakamoto studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She recently attended B12 Workshop Festival in Germany where she researched with many international artists including Shannon Gillen and Johannes Wieland who shared practices that she found personal connection with. In 2018, Sakamoto has also trained with Hofesh Shechter Company and L-E-V Dance Company at Nuova Officinal Della Danza in Italy. She is currently working in a creation with Kaeja d’Dance in Canada. Sakamoto choreographed Oblivious or Naive in 2016, which was remounted in 2017 for a commission with independent company in Toronto. Sakamoto’s new work Systematic was performed at Staged in October, 2018. 

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