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Dance Magazine's 2020 "25 to Watch"

"Kara Chan has emerged in the latest iteration of Twyla Tharp's troupe as a petite yet powerful force. She recently tackled Tharp's own role in a reconstruction of Eight Jelly Rolls and nailed the quintessentially Tharpian "drunk" solo, swinging and loping across the stage in a full-bodied, loosey-goosey romp. In The Fugue, Chan masterfully flew through the complex direction changes and footwork. No matter the choreographic undertaking, she dances with what has become a characteristic warmth."

—DANCE MAGAZINE, Caroline Shadle 

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"the smaller, equally riveting Kara Chan tells us how happily catholic Ms. Tharp’s taste in dancers is"

—NEW YORK TIMES, Alastair Macauley

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"In both of them [Raggedy Dances & The Fugue], Kara Chan takes on the Tharp roles—she’s short and scrappy the way Tharp was" 

—OBSERVER, Robert Gottlieb 

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"...[Baker] and lusciously momentum-keen Kara Chan resembled two stars aspiring to be a constellation against the indifferent vastness of the sky"

—FINANCIAL TIMES

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"Kara Chan, a small and spirited artist who moves with an ease that belies the difficulty of what she's doing"

—BROADWAY WORLD, Sondra Forsyth

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"Chan, new to me, is a small woman who dances big. She has a wonderfully flexible spine that comes in handy when she breathes her way into a rapturous turn"

—ARTS JOURNAL, Deborah Jowitt

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"the highlight here was Kara Chan’s exuberance [in Twyla Tharp's Raggedy Dances]" 

—BACHTRACK, Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn 

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"a charmingly exuberant showcase for five loose-limbed dancers including Kara Chan, whose diminutive stature and style recalls a young Tharp"

—ScheckonCulture, Frank Scheck

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"compact, dynamic" 

—Theatre Scene, Joel Benjamin

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"The eye-catching Kara Chan...was a joy to watch. Her clean and sharp movement was filled with varied nuanced qualities"

—PALM BEACH ARTSPAPER, Tara Mitton Catao

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"the fiery wallop of Kara Chan...notable"

—THE STAGE, Neil Norman

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“Ms. Chan consistently caught the eye with her exuberance, reach, and abandon”

—NEW YORK TIMES, Siobhan Burke

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Kara Chan, rough-edged but headlong, was the spark plug”

—NEW YORK TIMES, Brian Seibert

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"Her musicality is astonishing...Ms. Chan showed herself to be an artist given choreography that turned everyone else into mechanisms"

—DANCE ENTHUSIAST, Mindy Aloff

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"the gentle approach of Kara Chan, who seemed to give herself entirely to the music"

- BROADWAY WORLD, Juan Michael Porter II

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"you could not even imagine the amount of power in her petite technically elegant and immensely strong frame. There was never a weekend that I did not see her in the studio working...not just dancing, but working. Her maturity, dedication, humility and love of process was so endearing to witness"

- Terese Capucilli, Juilliard Faculty, Principal Dancer of the Graham Company 

Feature Article: Stepping into Iconic Dance Roles: Twyla Tharp Dance's Kara Chan on "The Fugue"

—The Dance Enthusiast, Trina Mannino