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Karen and Allen Kaeja (Toronto) | Feasting on Movement and Momentum

  • University of Calgary | Dance Studio KNA163 2500 University Drive Northwest Calgary, AB (map)

Attending |  SCPA Dance Majors Only

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


Taught by one of Canada’s premiere dancing duos, Karen and Allen thrive on inspired moments, where catching risk in motion and instantaneously responding to a series of impulsive actions guide their dance. Feasting on a range of movement possibilities, they focus on the dance that is elicited from both movers and witnesses, investigating gesture and movement infused by identity and meaning, ripening our physical presence in the world. The foundation of the warm ups, lead us through their aesthetic of their sensorial approach and Kaeja Elevations, practicing articulate and sophisticated responses to the point of contact, multi-level movement and escalating the opportunities for momentum through the unpredictability of the moment.

Kaeja Elevations defined and created by Allen Kaeja, are developed from three decades of refined exploration and collaboration with Karen Kaeja. Kaeja sensorial warm up process and approach to partnering and improvisation, is co-developed by Karen and Allen Kaeja.


Together, Karen and Allen Kaeja have been harnessing and honing contact informed principles for 30 years, propelling their work around the world. Their partnering approach and instincts for practicing and teaching has been celebrated by festivals and institutions and been commissioned by dance companies and broadcasters. They are on faculty at Ryerson University and the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and teach world-wide.