Kara is a Vancouver born dance artist graduated from the prestigious Arts Umbrella Professional Dance Program and is an alumnus of their world renowned Senior Dance Company. She was the recipient of two Advanced Arts Study Awards from the Vancouver Foundation to pursue these studies. At Arts Umbrella, Kara trained in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, pointe and partnering. Her primary teachers were Artemis Gordon, Marquita Witham-Lester, Lynn Sheppard and the late Grant Strate (Order of Canada). She toured internationally with the company, performing the works of contemporary dance choreographers Roberto Campanella, Joe Laughlin, Emily Molnar, Simone Orlando, Mark Godden, Shawn Hounsell and Edgar Zendejas. Her early training also took her to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Summer Program, L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec, the Banff Summer Training Program and Springboard Danse Montreal. She holds major examination certificates from the Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Society up to an Advanced 1 Level.
Kara’s award-winning choreography has been shown in collaboration with Project Oswald in Calgary, at the Ignite Festival for Emerging Artists, DanceFest at NextFest in Edmonton, the T.B.A. Choreographic Showcase in Vancouver, 12 Minutes Max at the Dance Centre in Vancouver, the BC Buds Spring Arts Fair, On the Boards Seattle WA, the Fresh Meat Festival in Ottawa, FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the In the House Festival. She co-created, presented and produced two site specific dance-theatre shows with theatre artist Julia Siedlanowska; one based on Shakespearean characters and the other on the story of Don Quixote. As a performer, Kara apprenticed with Josh Beamish’s MOVE: the Company and Amber Funk Barton's the Response, toured Western Canada with Judith Marcuse's interdisciplinary show Earth=home and John Kaplan's Fundraising Magic show. She has danced for Canadian choreographers Thoenn Glover, Hailey McCloskey, Anna Kraulis and Jacinte Armstrong, and assisted director Miriam Walther on an original theatre work at the Schaffhauser Kulturfest in Switzerland. She danced in visual artist Tia Halliday’s recent residency showing at Contemporary Calgary and has performed for Trip the Light Dance Company in Calgary. Research into her solo work o.la.more, was supported by the W&M Physical Theatre Residency Program.
Kara received mentorship on her choreographic practice from Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg through the pilot project Art Police in 2013. Training with Denise Clarke and the One Yellow Rabbit company of artists at their Summer Lab in 2014 brought Kara to Calgary initially and she later had the privilege of assisting Ms. Clarke with her solo show Wag at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver.
Kara co-founded a dance entertainment company called First Dance Vancouver, which provides dance lessons for couples getting married and flash mob choreography.
Kara has been teaching since the age of 15 and seeks to cultivate a love and respect for the work of dance in her students. She worked with a group of diverse youth to create a collaborative talent show with Richmond Multicultural Services and assisted Thoenn Glover on an original show created with high school students in Smithers BC. In September 2014 Kara became certified as a DANCEPL3Y instructor; an innovative dance program designed to give fun, positive and creative dance experiences to adults and kids. She has been invited to teach at the Terrace Summer Dance Intensive for two years, and has been teaching dance to youth in the small farm village of Hussar AB supported by the Hussar Fine Arts Society. In Okotoks AB, Kara works with elite competitive students on contemporary dance technique at the Alberta Dance Academy. Kara recently adjudicated young dancers at the Southern Alberta Dance Festival and conducted dance examinations for students at Summit School of Dance.