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Contact Improv Workshop with Karen & Allen Kaeja
Friday, October 13, 2017 for Advanced/Professional dancers
9:30-11:30 AM


$20 + GST


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.

BIOGRAPHY – Karen & 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.

Heather Cornell Tap Workshops

Saturday October 21, 2017 for Intermediate/Advanced dancers
9:00-10:15 AM – Musical Tap Technique
10:15-11:30AM – Improvisation/Musicality


Single Class : $40
Both Classes: $60



Musical Tap Technique:

Ms. Cornell has her own brand of technique, inspired by many of the masters that she studied with and honed for the last 35 years.  Challenged by her mentor, the great bassist Ray Brown, she was encouraged to reintroduce the connection of tap dance to the musical world.  Her technique classes are rooted in music and explore how the basics elements of tap dance connect to important musical concepts like pulse, groove and time.  Come and explore in a new way!


Description of Improvisation/Musicality: Heather Cornell’s work is known worldwide as “visual music”.  She has collaborated with some of the best musicians in world music and jazz internationally, challenging her own creative process to synthesize a tap style that IS music. In this class, Ms. Cornell will guide dancers through an exploration of improvisation and tap vocabulary as it relates to the physicality of music.  Her teaching philosophy is one that challenges the student explore and mature their own artistic style.  Through improv games and exercises, you’ll leave with some new inspiration on how to “play the music”.


Heather Cornell creates visual music ensembles where she functions as the percussionist.  As artistic director for Manhattan Tap, one of the busiest music/dance companies in the world in the 80’s and 90’s, she is known as a mover and shaker of the tap dance renaissance.  She has toured worldwide with her shows “Finding Synesthesia”, “CanTap” and “Conversations” and as a soloist.  She was recently commissioned to create an evening for the Distinguished Artist Series at Bergen Community College. She is co-director of “Walk to the Beat” and co-founder of Making Music Dance, a tap, flamenco and world music ensemble, releasing their first CD this spring
A pioneer of concert tap and of working with world music, Heather trained directly with the first generation tap masters, and has taught and inspired three generations of tap dancers, musicians and actors internationally. Called “the Oscar Peterson of hoofing” (Globe and Maill), she was the sole tap dancer mentored by the infamous bassist, Ray Brown.  TapMotif in Lefkada, Greece was her laboratory for 8 seasons, where she trained free-thinking “bilingual” artists in music and dance.  This year she celebrates the 25th Anniversary of her NYC Rhythm Tap Intensive with live music.
Her TV, radio and film credits include:  “Thinking on Their Feet, Women of the Tap Renaissance” (Jenai Cutcher), “Gotta Move, Women in Tap” (Lynn Daly), ”“KQED special with Honi Coles and the Jazz Tap Ensemble; “Gregory Hines’ Tap Dance in America” for PBS; featured MT special on “Sounds Impressive”; and, WYNC’s live radio show, “Around New York” for 5 years.  She choreographed “The Play What I Wrote” for Broadway and “Three Penny Opera” for Atalaya in Sevilla, Spain.  She is the recipient of numerous awards for her excellence in tap dance and in leading the international tap community.