TEACHING

(Professionals)

Kaeja Elevations

Photo by Zhenya Cerneacov. Dancers Karen & Allen Kaeja.

Allen Kaeja’s partnering style, known as Kaeja Elevations, has played a vital role in the creation of his artistic works. Momentum, anchoring, and the architectural structure of the body complimented by gravity, create the unique characteristic of his 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.

 

Taught by Allen Kaeja.

Best Suited For

Professional Dancers & Movers

Session Length

1 hour -1 week

Number of Students

Up to 30 students

Improvisation

New Commissioned choreography by Karen Kaeja for Guetcha Guaritcha, Dancers Mateo Galindo Torres & Katherine Semchuk. Photo by Karen Kaeja.

Best Suited For

Professional Dancers & Movers

(Community non-pro workshops available as well)

Session Length
1 hour to 1 week

Number of Participants

Up to 30

In-Between: 

Moving separately and together, award-winning dance artist Karen Kaeja will invite you into the world of task-based scores while welcoming our intuitive bodies to devise and encounter great dances together.

 

Warm up begins with finding a personal calm, awakening head to tail and finding ease in and out of the floor. Connecting with others in the room through a focus of being in or out of contact with body, mind, eyes and heart, will give way to our impulses where we will be both doers and witnesses.

 

With years of research on the qualities of touch and connection, Karen brings attention to support, axis, momentum, intuition and insistence. Her investigations also source personal memory to devise movement while also asking the question - how are we present when we are somatically or performatively engaged?

 

The effort to connect to all that is in-between the people in the room will excite the potential of instant dance making.

Taught by Karen Kaeja.

Contact Dance

Photo by Zhenya Cerneacov. Dancers Karen & Allen Kaeja.

Best Suited For

Professional Dancers & Movers

(Community non-pro workshops available as well)

Session Length
1hour to 1 week

Number of Participants

Up to 30

For pro dancers and movement based practitioners, this workshop is designed to help participants 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. Expanding the pathways that are possible through the body, through space and between each other, quiet, playful and bold choices will be engaged. Ultimately, we will explore the body’s ability to support momentum, to propel energy through space, to feel comfortable in and out of Contact, and to be informed by the principles of Contact as a singular moving body as well.

“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

 

Taught by Karen or Allen Kaeja, or co-taught by them together

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 an inherent desire to create. With over 3 decades of dance making with individuals and groups, the Kaejas bring their personal experience choreographing innovative and critically acclaimed works to the studio. Participants will explore approaches to mining personal stories through choreographic scores and devised choreography, noticing what is being presented and engaging in active direction to settle or leave open, the creative process. 

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

Taught by Karen or Allen Kaeja.

Session Length

1 day to 1 week

Number of Participants

Up to 30

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL LAND

Kaeja d’Dance would like to acknowledge that we are situated upon traditional territories. Our artists, collaborators, staff and team are grateful to be creating art on this land that has been nurtured by recorded and unrecorded human activity for by thousands of years. We honour and respect the traditional lands and waterways of the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Métis Nation. We are in the 'Dish with One Spoon' territory - a treaty between these nations reflecting a commitment to share the territory and protect the land. We also recognize the enduring presence of diverse Indigenous peoples on this land.

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