Kara Nolte (Dance Artist, Choreographer)
Co-Director, Co-Choreographer, Shakespeare Unchained
From the age of nine, Kara has been immersed in dance, studying intensely in classical ballet before moving on to contemporary disciplines. As a young student, Kara attended summer programs at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, L’ecole Superieure de Ballet Contemporain, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She was the recipient of two Advanced Arts Study Awards from the Vancouver Foundation. She joined Arts Umbrella’s Professional Dance Program in 2003 and trained under the direction of Artemis Gordon for three years before spending a semester at the Ailey School in New York City. There, she was exposed to West African dance and Graham-based modern. Her first venture as a working artist was in 2007 with Josh Beamish’s MOVE: the Company with whom she danced as an apprentice.
In 2008, Kara attended the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria where she studied Skinner Releasing Technique and Poppin/Lockin and had the privilege of working as the choreographer’s assistant at a theatre show at the Schaffhauser Kulturfest in Switzerland.
Back in Vancouver, Kara received further training in contemporary technique with Modus Operandi and danced as a member of Judith Marcuse’s multidisciplinary show and national tour Earth=home. She collaborated on projects that were presented at the BC Buds Festival, the In the House Festival, the Young Playwright’s Festival at the Cultch and with Rococo Cabaret. Kara studied theatre at Douglas College and presented a solo as part of a student showcase in 2010. In 2011, Kara collaborated once again in launching the new contemporary dance company Give Me Brilliance and worked as Assistant Artistic Director and dancer until 2012.
Kara has taught all over Vancouver and recently offered private coaching sessions to individuals interested in exploring their movement vocabulary and conditioning for dance. Most recently she took part in the research of an environmental dance film choreographed by Anna Kraulis, spent the summer as a dancer with Claire French’s Proect CPR and apprenticed for Amber Funk Barton’s company the Response. She has also started a dance entertainment company called DK Dance Entertainment with fellow dancer Delphine Leroux. She trains, creates and teaches in Vancouver, the city she grew up in.