About

 

 

 

            A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Kara is a professional dancer and artist based in New York City. Known for her "astonishing" musicality and "exuberance", she is currently dancing and touring with Twyla Tharp Dance and Pam Tanowitz Dance. 

           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 both in 2015 and 2016. Kara has also appeared with 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.

Artist Statement:

"I do what I do because I aspire to inspire. To communicate through the language of dance and fulfill a means of self-expression. To breakdown perceived limitations of the body and mind, and instead create opportunities of possibility, awe and discovery. I best navigate this life through a lens of movement, to share the way in which I experience the world through observation and sensation. My journey is a commitment to continual learning, questioning, daring, challenging, and embracing of the process. Dance is my passion. I crave to move and to connect with a community of individuals who have a shared drive to excel. To invest in a life that is full of purpose and passion. To instill beauty and joy into the lives of others. I choose to dance because the stage is when I feel the most alive."