Kara teaches a contemporary movement class that is rooted in modern dance technique. She begins with a series of movement sequences on the floor, researching how the body skims, leverages, and efficiently takes weight into accessible points of the body preparing one to be inverted, off center, and eventually moving in and out of the floor. These exercises develop into larger locomotive patterns that reach an accumulative sequence at the end of class. Kara’s class centers on a general practice of listening to weight and momentum. She is always pushing the boundaries of verticality and explores a vocabulary of movement that plays with the balance between control and free form. Her technical approach explores how momentum, in combination with gravity, pushes one to move through unstable, unpredictable situations. Students are encouraged to embrace the accumulation of momentum and flow of energy to achieve efficiency and ease of movement through the space.
“I am always pushing the boundaries of verticality. I’m excited by motion that is never quite up right and is constantly stumbling and redirecting into the next. Weight and momentum is a significant part of my practice so I’m always looking for the most efficient approach to movement that is inevitably physical. I think there’s significance to finding what it means to be in a state of exertion while experiencing it in the most effortless way. I believe there are no limitations to what the body can do if you can successfully aid it’s approach to movement.”