A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Kara is one of Dance Magazine's 2020 "25 Dancers to Watch". As a professional dancer and artist based in New York City, Kara is known for her "astonishing" musicality and "exuberance". She is currently dancing and touring with Twyla Tharp Dance and Pam Tanowitz Dance.
Most recently, Kara assisted Twyla Tharp in staging Deuce Coupe on American Ballet Theatre for their Spring 2019 MET season, and Tharp's world premiere of A Gathering of Ghosts for ABT's Fall season at the Koch Theatre.
Kara graduated from The Juilliard School with her B.F.A (2015) in dance, and while a student performed masterworks by Mark Morris, Jose Limon, Murray Louis, Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, and Jerome Robbins. In 2014, she made her professional debut at The Joyce Theatre with the Lar Lubovitch Company as a guest artist, while in her senior year.
Since graduation, Kara has performed and toured nationally. She has graced many prominent NYC venues including the Park Avenue Armory, Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, 92nd Y and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). At BAM, Kara joined the Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut for two season (2015 & 2016). Kara has also appeared with the Merce Cunningham Trust, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Trainor Dance, Gleich Dances, and MorDance as a freelance dancer. Other choreographers' work she has performed include Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Andrea Schermoly, Marquerite Donlon, Thang Dao, Emery LeCrone, Daniel Gwirtzman, Kathryn Posin, Taylor Drury, and Monica Bill Barnes.
Kara is an alumna of Springboard Danse Montreal, The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, and Youth America Grand Prix. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Juilliard Career Advancement Grant in 2015.
Prior to Juilliard, Kara received her pre-professional training at Pro Arte Centre, completing all her ISTD and RAD Ballet & Modern Examinations with distinction. Under the direction of Astrid Sherman, Kara received provincial titles and top awards at local and international competitions.
Kara teaches in New Jersey and Long Island when she is not dancing or rehearsing. As a dance teacher, she enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for dance with young aspiring dancers. Currently, she is a part-time faculty member with Tate Academy and New York Music & Arts.
"I dance because movement is the lens in which I choose to experience the world through. It allows me to feel deeply, to fulfill a means of self-expression. Dance is my meditation: a place that brings me comfort, where I can discover courage and freedom to be vulnerable and allow myself to be seen. Dance is where I feel most at home. It is my passion. A place I come to for connection and solace; for grounding and renewal. All I know, is I crave to move and be apart of something larger than myself. To commit to this process of continual learning, questioning, challenging, and embracing of the journey. To invest in a life that is full of purpose and discipline. To instill beauty and joy into the lives of others. I choose to dance because it is when I feel the most alive. "