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The Princess And The Frog 2017 - Press Release

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The Princess And The Frog 2017

Year End Student Production


June 10 2017 - Saturday 7pm - Vancouver, BC
Playhouse Theatre

June 11 2017 - Sunday 2pm - Vancouver, BC
Playhouse Theatre

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Summary:

Tiana looks up to the sky and wishes upon the evening star. She dreams of one day running her own restaurant. But her wish takes a turn of events as frog appears and convinces her to kiss him.  The hesitant kiss turns Tiana herself into a frog! The two frogs embark on an adventure full of voodoo magic, colourful ruffles and spanish songs. They meet some friends along their journey including a castanet playing crocodile and a fluttering firefly. Join Tiana in this flamenco fantasy in Karen Flamenco‘s latest production of “The Princess and the Frog.”

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  • This summer join us for a brand new Karen Flamenco production of the enchanted story of a young girl who kisses a frog prince in “The Princess and the Frog”.
  •  Tiana’s wish upon the evening star takes her on an adventure of a lifetime. Voodoo dolls, fluttering fireflies, and a castanet playing crocodile are all some of the fantastic flamenco characters she meets along her journey.
  • Join Tiana as she embarks on a fantastic flamenco adventure in Karen Flamenco’s “The Princess and the Frog”.

Shows:

Saturday June 10 2017 - 7pm
Sunday June 11 2017 - 2pm

Venue:
Vancouver Playhouse
Corner of Hamilton St. and Dunsmuir St.

Price:
$26.00 - Seniors & Children Under 12 
$32.50 - Adults
Discount for Seniors Above 55 and Children Under 12

Tickets:
Tel: 604-721-4869
http://karenflamenco.com/performance_productions_theprincessandthefrog_2017_tickets.php

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Performers:

Karen Flamenco Dance Academny
Karen Pitketlhy & Karen Flamenco Dance Company
Ian Thomson, Marekito, Jafelin Helten, Farnaz Ohadi

Choreographers: Karen Pitkethly, Christina Benitez, Fanny Ara

Running Time: 2 hours (including a 15 min intermission)

Message from Karen:

Company dancer Layla Salah will be playing the role of “Princess Tiana”.

When choosing this year’s theme, Layla made this choice very easy for me.  I knew this was her year to shine. Layla has been dancing flamenco since the age of four.  Her father used to bring her to watch me dance at a local flamenco restaurant in Vancouver. She grew up listening and watching flamenco since she was able to walk.  I remember her trying not to fall asleep to watch the late show but the music acted as a sort of lullaby and would put her to sleep. 

Layla was not brought up in Spain but flamenco music and dance has been surrounded her here in Vancouver. 

Now a beautiful teenager Layla is definitely one of my strongest and most talented dancers and this past year she has joined the Karen Flamenco Dance Company.

She will be taking on the role of Tiana in our upcoming year-end presentation of “The Princess and the Frog”.

 

Every Spring we put on a year –end “recital” to showcase the hard work that all of the dancers at the school have put into over this past year from our “pequenitos” age three to our professionals in the Company.  I don’t like to use the term recital because we do really treat the performance as professional as possible.  Audiences will be entertained as the dancers take them through a journey of the story. Company dancers and Actor Gerardo Avila will help to act out the roles of all the characters. Beautiful sets, colourful costumes, live music and intricate choreographies will all play out on the stage to keep audiences smiling.

Placing flamenco dance into a familiar story such as “The Princess and the Frog” brings the unknown world of flamenco to wider audience.  This performance is for everyone  - families, dates, a mother or father’s day treat.  Come out and experience the fabulous world of Karen Flamenco.

Karen Flamenco

Karen Flamenco is an acclaimed collaborative and interactive flamenco dance company that is a leader in the creation, production and education of flamenco dance in Vancouver. Bold and innovative this company’s distinctive style and approach has helped the company make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of flamenco dance in this city. Karen Pitkethly is the artistic director and choreographer of this non-for profit dance company and school aspiring flamenco dancers of all levels and ages. Karen has expanded the mysterious world of flamenco to a wider audience with her collaboration of theatre and dance. This company reached acclaimed success with their rendition of "Romeo & Juliet" touring across BC and then again with their more recent interpretation of "Moulin Rouge", "Peter Pan" and "Snow Queen".
Experience this young and innovative dance company as it intertwines masterful story-telling, passionate music, and spirited dancing to capture the thrill of flamenco in our city.

Karen Flamenco Studio

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Karen Pitkethly

Karen Pitkethly is the artistic director and choreographer of the Karen Flamenco dance company in Vancouver.

As one of Canada’s professional flamenco dancers, Karen is the face of flamenco in Vancouver. This prolific dancer, choreographer, and teacher is a life-long dancer, extensively trained in ballet, contemporary, and flamenco dance. Her journey as a flamenco bailora takes her annually to Seville, Spain which allows Karen to immerse herself in flamenco culture and study under flamenco heavy weights such as: Merche Esmeralda, Angeles Gabaldon, Felipe Mato, Belen Maya, Juana Amaya, Pastora Galvan, Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayon, Patricia Guerrero, Concha Jareno, Leanor Leal… Karen has been active in Vancouver for over 20 years, becoming a significant figure in Vancouver’s growing flamenco scene.

In 2008, the Karen Flamenco Studio opened in the heart of Mount Pleasant. This airy studio loft serves as Karen’s headquarters where she teaches over 200 flamenco enthusiasts, rehearses with the Karen Flamenco Dance Company and creates her feisty dances. The production company has become well known for their interpretation of stories such as: “West Side Story”, “Carmen” and “The Magic Flute” in collaboration with other dance forms and a musical ensembles.

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Karen Michelle Pitkethly

It was a phone call from my kindergarten teacher to my parents which launched my dance career.  There was concern from my teacher that I was too shy in class and that some form of extra curricular activity might be a good way to get me out of my shell. So the question of ballet, jazz or tap dance was offered and I chose ballet!

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Ballet

I was then introduced to ballet under the guidance of Mrs Heather McBride of McBride School of Dancing. I studied the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)  syllabus and annually passed RAD exams, competed in dance Festivals and performed in year end recitals. Having accomplished my goals in ballet classes I went on to study more about ballet teaching - I enrolled in the  University of Waterloo in Ontario and studied the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) - teacher training courses which included - Child Psychology, Kinesiology, Dance History/Theory and RAD syllabus. I then accepted an RAD ballet teaching position in Singapore - where I worked for one year helping to implement an arts school for children called ACE Family Lifestyles Singapore . While in Singapore I also helped develop a ballet syllabus for the local ballet schools.

Contemporary

I attended the Contemporary Dance program at Simon Fraser University . Here I studied the Martha Graham technique with the guidance of Judith Garay, and contemporary ballet with Marla Eist.  I also attended modern dance "Butoh" classes with Barbara Bourget of Kokoro dance . I taught and choreographed contemporary dance at McBride School of Dance . And also performed in a contemporary dance company (Sharmini Winslow) in Singapore.

Flamenco

My flamenco training began at Harbour Dance when I took a random summer workshop which included flamenco dance. I enrolled in Centro Flamenco and quickly began emerging myself full time, I then began teaching classes and performing in the dance company - Flamenco Rosario . I have also taken numerous dance workshops both in Vancouver and in Spain picking up different dance styles and choreographies from many well established flamenco artists:

Rosario Ancer, Sabas Santos, Raul Salcedo, Sara de Luis, Marisol Moreno, La Tania, Mercedes Amaya, La Winy, Merche Esmeralda, Angeles Gabaldon, Felipe Mato, Belen Maya, Juana Amaya, Pastora Galvan, Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayon, Carmen de Torres, Patricia Lineares, Gabriel Heredia

More recently I was awarded with a travel grant through the Canada Council for the Arts and stayed in Seville taking in dance performances and participating in workshops and daily classes to further my professional development.


Participated in the XI, XIII @ XV|| Bienal Flamenco Festivals in Seville Spain


CHOREOGRAPHER:

Karen’s choreography graced this summer's successful Bard on the Beach production of "Much Ado About Nothing" and will be seen at the Arts Club Theatre's fall season presentation of "Don Quixote".  Her annual Karen Flamenco shows are not to be missed as proven by this year's three sold-out performances of “Romeo and Juliet”. Her dance company can be seen throughout the city spicing up events such as the 2009 Komasket Music Festival, Olympic 2010 Surrey Celebration Site, and the 2010 Canadian Cancer Society Diamond Ball.

"Having a dance school I am constantly coming up with traditional flamenco choreographies for dance classes. I also take time to work out new choreographies for myself to perform. Aside from the traditional dance forms of flamenco, I enjoy stepping outside the box and trying new approaches to my dance form. Having a dance background in both ballet and contemporary dance I like to explore these avenues within my choreography. I thoroughly enjoy developing new dances and delight in choreography for outside dance companies.  I am hired yearly to choreograph flamenco dances for the professional dance company both junior and senior at Arts Umbrella.  I have also done pieces for Main Dance, Grupo America, Van Leena Dance Academy, Arts Club Theatre,  Bard on the Beach and Ballet BC." - Karen

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