Dance is the practice of being fully present in the moment, engaged in one's own spiritual expression, reaching into the essence of what makes you tick. It teaches any willing student how to get in alignment, commit 100%, care for and empower others.
If you have a real desire to express through dance, it is already in you. Let it out. Natural talent does exist and it is nothing without tenacity, grit, repetition and humility.
Today is a day to celebrate yourself as a dancer, a mover, a shaker.
When we dance together we are tapping into a source that flows without prejudice, we are connecting to great forces that exist in each of us, we are opening up pathways that can shift the way we live our lives.
It is all matters very much, and at the same time it doesn't matter at all. Through dancing, we learn to take ourselves very seriously, and at the same time not seriously at all.
"You do an electic celebration of a dance! First you do Fosse, Fosse Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna!
But you keep it all inside."
- Robin Williams, "The Birdcage"
On aux.la.more at the Vancouver Fringe
"Never before have we gotten goosebumps from a Backstreet Boys song as we did in this show."
"Nolte is a highly skilled contemporary and modern dancer. Her choreography translates words into emotions and movement with wicked perfection."
"Raw details...take aux.la.more to an elevated level of connection. Nolte has a knack for beauty and poetry. She creates romance, nostalgia and melancholy with the unleashing of a smile, the drop of a wrist, the droop of her head and renditions of cheesy karaoke songs."
"Nolte...filled the whole room with a cloud of love."
“aux.la.more is short and sweet and THE feel good show of this Fringe."
-Prachi Kamble // The Vancouver Arts Review, Vancouver BC// 2016
“…some incredibly interesting things by playing with stagecraft and questioning how we traditionally watch and receive performance”
-Brie McFarlane // Herd Magazine Ottawa ON 2015
“…dance phenom Kara Nolte comes with international acclaim on her resume…Karen Balcome and Kara Nolte brought us all a little closer with the lovely be/see/together”
-Kevin Reid // the Visitorium Ottawa ON 2015
“…I’ll say no more than that the weirdest laugh of the night has to go to be/see/together by Karen Balcome and Kara Nolte and that you should do everything they tell you…”
-Diane Lachapelle // Apt 613 Ottawa ON 2015
“It was my pleasure to present O.La.More at To.Be.AnnouncedChoreographic Showcase this past spring. Kara is an engaging performer, who pulls you into her relatable yet quirky world. Kara’s ability to entertain with such range is impressive. From a slow, subtle movement to loud karaoke style singing, the audiences eyes were glued to hers. Watching from the tech booth, I witnessed audiences facial expressions transform many times during the 15 minute piece, which is exactly what I want as a presenter. O.La.More ends with a fun little surprise, which I don’t want to give away. You will have to experience it for yourself.”
-Carolyn Schmidt // Dance Artist and Dance Educator, Vancouver BC 2015
“In ‘o.la.more’, Kara demonstrates the perfect balance betweenwell-developed movement and audience pleasing text. She is clear and direct with us as we watch her story seamlessly unfold. Kara’s work demonstrates her overall focus, care and joy for dance and solo performance. She uses hand gestures and whole body expressions in forward and backward facing directions. Here the audience sees her strong range of movement and story telling with additional points for artistic integrity and choreographic choices. Throughout the performance the audience can follow her journey without feeling spoon-fed. She wins us over with an honest and full out Karaoke performance and ends the piece with audience participation where the public feel nurtured and safe while they happily join in. Her musical choices support all her decisions and aid in the audience’s understanding and willingness to engage. As the performance concludes, the room sighs with happiness. The work is truly touching to those who see it first hand. Kara has successfully displayed a piece of herself. I will definitely include her work in future To.Be.Announced programming.”
– Jamee Valin // Artistic Director Valence Movement, Toronto ON 2015
On Chivalry is Dead
“Can a full and satisfying life be lived in just a few minutes? And then lived again and again, each time in a new way? That’s the question (and the challenge) I took home with me after watching the premier performance of “Chivalry Is Dead”. And not only that, I got to see human beings flying through the air under their own power, without wings! The show is performed in the charming garden behind Original’s Cafe Mexicano, where spectral trees provide a natural backdrop that’s a scenic designer’s dream! Check it out.”
-Richard Dixon // Theatre Professor, Playwright, Port Moody BC 2015
On Shakespeare Unchained
“…beautifully wild and dark…”
“…nothing short of unconventional…”
“…the entire show [Shakespeare Unchained] came together in a way that felt both familiar and fresh…”
-Brian Horstead // Glass City Journalist, Vancouver BC 2014
On Teaching and Entertainment
“Intuitive, mind- and heart-expanding….my dance lessons with Kara were an exploration of the expression of self. Blending structure with free form, our time together helped me to identify how I move, how I express myself versus doing it all “a certain, regimented way”. It is a gift that keeps unfolding in my movement, no matter where I am and what I am doing. AND it was fun!”
Christine M. Harrington // Writer, Performer, Movement student, Toronto ON 2012
“Last fall First Dance Vancouver provided an excellent performance to enhance a masquerade themed gala evening held in the Fraser Valley. They did a fabulous job creating and choreographing a dance to fit the theme perfectly. They were an absolute pleasure to work with and I would recommend them to assist with your future dance entertainment needs.”
- Sherryl Parsons // Event Planner and Owner of Rare Affairs Events, Langley BC 2013
“In November of 2014 I had the chance to bring in Kara Nolte as a volunteer guest instructor for the Just Dance Club of Mount Royal University. I have nothing but great things to say about Kara as a teacher and as an individual. Not only did Kara contact me about the opportunity to volunteer well in advance but she also made it easily accessible to communicate with her regarding the outline of the class and her experience in dance. Kara proved herself as a reliable and passionate dance enthusiast by coming prepared to class and being able to adapt for the needs of the students. Kara was able to recognize the variety of levels within the class and help those who struggled while providing extensions for students with experience. Students felt comfortable in the class and were able to experiment with improvised choreography and free movement through a contemporary lens . Throughout the session Kara was encouraging, flexible, and supportive of the students’ needs. Overall Kara provided the Just Dance Club with a positive experience in freedom of expression through movement and motivated students with her excitement and gusto!”
- Katerina Iverson // Just Dance Co-President and Founder // Mount Royal University, Calgary AB 2015
"Our elementary school staff invited Kara for a dance session as part of a Professional Development day. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Here are a few comments: “I was afraid I wouldn’t know what to do but Kara made it easy.” “Kara was so positive and encouraging!” “What a fun workout!” “We should have Kara back for another session.” “That was one of the most fun Pro-Ds.” “It was great doing something active and fun together as a staff.” “Even though we were all at different comfort levels with dancing we all had a fabulous time!”
- Lorraine Baylis // Herbert Spencer Elementary School, New Westminster BC 2015
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