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Grease 2017

Company Production


Oct 13 2017 - Friday 8pm - Sechelt, BC
Raven's Cry Theatre - Premiere

Nov 3 2017 - Friday 7pm - Vancouver, BC
Playhouse Theatre

Nov 4 2017 - Saturday 7pm - Vancouver, BC
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Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s.
Welcome to Karen Flamenco’s presentation of "Grease," in collaboration with Troy McLaughlin’s Dance Works.

Karen Flamenco’s Pink Ladies together with Troy’s Tap dancing T-bird’s will set the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre into a 1950’s High School adventure of friendships, Romances and Gangs.  

Sing-a-long to the familiar songs from this all-time favorite musical, as dancers tap and stomp to the rhythms accompanied by live music, both traditional flamenco and the popular music from “Grease”.

Experience the intoxicating flamenco rhythms and dance movements alongside the vibrant tap dance steps all placed into the storyline of “Grease”.

Shows:

Friday Nov 3 2017 - 7pm
Saturday Nov 4 2017 - 7pm

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

 

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.

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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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