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Sudbury Secondary School hosts internationally recognized choreographer

students practicing an elevated partner dance technique
Grade 10 Dance Majors Darshan Geer and Emanuel Tourigny practise a partner elevation dance technique. Dance students at Sudbury Secondary School have been studying under the tutelage of an internationally recognized and award winning choreographer and filmmaker, Allen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance. This is Sudbury Secondary School’s third residency with Kaeja d'Dance over the past 15 years.

An internationally recognized and award winning choreographer and filmmaker will be back at Sudbury Secondary School next week. Dance students enjoyed studying under the tutelage of Allen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance from February 11 to 15, 2019. Allen Kaeja will return for a final day of dancing at the school on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

“We were thrilled to have such a professional serving as artist in residence,” says Sudbury Secondary School Principal Heather Downey. “His work will culminate with a choreography created specifically for the students of the dance program that will be performed in the upcoming “Let’s Dance” show on May 23, 2019 in the Sheridan Auditorium.”

Allen Kaeja has worked with students and dance professionals from around the world for over two decades. Invited in 1981 by the Ontario Olympic Wrestling Federation to compete for the team, he chose instead to pursue dance as his career. Since then, he has developed over 100 stage works, written two books and directed/choreographed 26 films.

Allen Kaeja is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance, with his wife Karen Kaeja, and co-founder of the CanAsian International Dance Festival. He teaches master workshops in Kaeja Elevations worldwide, and his dances have been presented in festivals around the globe.

Over the years, Allen Kaeja has received dozens of national and international commissions, including in Norway, Sweden, UK, India, the USA, and Mexico. His newest work, Jericho for Ut I Scenekunsten, toured Norway from 2011-2013.

Allen Kaeja was the International Guest Choreographer and judge for Mexico’s Canal22 and their reality dance series Opera Prima. Allen and Karen were finalists in the Now Magazine “Best Local Choreographer 2011” and Canadian Assembly National Awards for Innovation and Community, of which they won the latter.


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Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 674-3171, ext. 7217.