Karen McBride

Technical Director, Principal Dancer (Jan 2010 – Present)
Stylizations:
Contemporary/Modern Belly Dance, Transnational Fusion, Atseguin
Specialties:
Choreography, Costume Design, Fans, Sword
Affiliations:

2010 – Present  |  Seraka Dance Company (Technical Director, Principal Dancer)

 


 

Curriculum Vitae

This CV is comprehensive and includes information that is current as of 03 February 2020. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are scheduled and pending completion. For more information about the items listed below please contact Karen directly.

 


Certifications

Dark Side Dance Program by Audra Simmons
  • 2018 Nov 11  |  Attempted Stage 3: Turquoise (72 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2016 Jun 24  |  Attempted Stage 3: Turquoise (72 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2015 Sep 20  |  Certified Stage 2: Lavender (35 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Nov 17  |  Refresh Stage 1: Basic Black (24 hrs)  | St. John’s NL
  • 2013 Jun 7  |  Certified Stage 1: Basic Black (24 hrs)  |  Toronto NL
Krysalis by Kami Liddle
  • 2019 Oct 27  |  Refresh: Invocation (30 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton, UK
  • 2018 Aug 07  |  Certified: Invocation (30 hrs)  |  St. Gallen, Switzerland
Dance Cohesion by April Rose
  • 2019 Nov 05  |  Certified: Stage 1 Enrichment Course (12 hrs)  | Wolverhampton, UK
8 Elements by Rachel Brice
  • 2014 Aug 09  |  Recognised Phase 1: Initiation (40 hrs)  |  Portland, OR

Training

Company Rehearsals
  • 2010 – Present  |  Seraka Dance Company (4-8 hrs/wk)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2009 – 2010 Dec  |  Neighbourhood Strays Belly Dance Troupe (3 hrs/wk)  |  St. John’s NL
Audra Simmons (CAN)
  • 2020 Sept-Oct |  Pedal to the Metal (10 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Oct 04  |  Technique Lab 3 (5.5 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Sep 27  |  Technique Lab 2 (5.5 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Sep 18  |  Technique Lab 1 (5.5 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Aug  |  Pedal to the Metal (3 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Aug  |  Belly Dance Fundamentals (3 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 May  |  Music Madness (4 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Apr-May  |  Pedal to the Metal (10 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Mar-May  |  Dark Side Drills (11 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2019 Jan 28-Feb 02  |  Illumination, Choreography Retreat (43 hrs)  |  Banff AB
  • 2018 Nov 2-11  |  DSDP: Turquoise Intensive (72 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2018 Jan 24  |  Private Lesson (1hr)  | Toronto ON
  • 2016 Jun 24 – July 03  |  DSDP: Turquoise Intensive (72 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2016 Mar 29-Apr 03  |  The Lavish Project 2016 Residency (50 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2015 Sep 20  |  Creativity Collage (2 hrs)  |  John’s NL
  • 2015 Sep 20  |  Start Simply (2 hrs)  |  John’s NL
  • 2015 Sep 15-20  |  DSDP: Lavender Intensive  (35 hrs)  |  John’s NL
  • 2015 Jun 23-28  |  The Lavish Project 2015 Residency (50 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2015 Jun 13  |  Build the Foundation: Drills & Combos (3 hrs)  |  John’s NL
  • 2015 Jun 12-13  |  Basic Black Tune Up (6 hrs)  |  John’s NL
  • 2014 Nov 14-18  |  DSDP: Basic Black Intensive (24 hrs)  |  John’s NL
  • 2014 June 1  |  Lavish Drilling and Combinations (w/H. Labonte) (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2013 Oct 27  |  ATS® Roots & Branches (3 hrs)  |  John’s NL
  • 2013 Jun 4-7  |  DSDP: Basic Black Intensive (24 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Dec 01  |  Master’s Class (3 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Dec 01  |  Cherry on Top (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Dec 01  |  Kick Ass Lavishness (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Sep 26  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Cherry on Top  (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 25  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Technique Toolbox (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Lynn Panting (CAN)
  • 2021 Feb  |  Private Lessons: Adult Ballet Beginners (2 x 1 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2021 Jan  |  Private Lessons: Adult Ballet Beginners (3 x 1 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Kami Liddle (USA)
  • 2020 Apr  |  Non-Stop Drills Class (3 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2020 Apr  |  Drills Uninterrupted (1.5 hrs)  |  Virtual
  • 2019 Nov 02  |  Contemporary Fusion Choreography (2 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton, UK
  • 2019 Nov 01  |  Lovely Arms Technique & Combinations (2 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton, UK
  • 2013 June 01-03  |  Dive in the Deep End Intensive (15 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2013 May 31  |  Just a Dip (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Vanessa Matthews (CAN)
  • 2015 Jan – 2016 Apr  |  Technique Level 2  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2015 Jan – 2016 Apr  |  Technique Level 1  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Jan-Mar  |  Intermediates: Locks and Layers (10 x 1 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Rachel Brice (USA)
  • 2014 Aug 09-13  |  8 Elements: Initiation Intensive (40 hrs)  |  Portland OR (USA)
April Rose (USA)
  • 2019 Nov 04-05  |   Dance Cohesion Stage 1 Enrichment Course (12 hrs)  | Wolverhampton, UK
  • 2019 Nov 01  |  Twinkle Torso (2 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton, UK
  • 2014 Aug 24  |  Releasing Techniques for Belly Dancers  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 24  |  The Graceful and The Grotesque (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 23  |  Tribal Improv (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 23  |  Basic Tribal Fusion Technique  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 23  |  Mad Multi-Tasking  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 22  |  Belly Dance at the Turn of the Century  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Heather Stants (USA)
  • 2014 May 31  |  Moving Beyond (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 30  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Building Movement and Choreo (4 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 29  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Expand Your Territory (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 28  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Core Conscious Technique (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Samantha Emanuel (UK)
  • 2014 June 1  |  Choreography with Samantha  |  Toronto ON
  • 2014 May 31  |  Current combination Play (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2014 May 30  |  Layer Cake (2 hrs) | Toronto ON
  • 2014 May 30  |  Embodied Spirographics (2 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 27  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Current Combination Play (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 26  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Nooks and Crannies (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 25  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Conditioning for Fusion (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Kristine Jennes (CAN)
  • 2014 Sep 14  |  Draw ‘Em In Workshop (2 hrs) |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Sep 14  |  Golden Workshop (2 hrs) | St. John’s NL
  • 2007 Sep-Nov  |  Beginners Belly Dance (10 x 1 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Heather Labonté (CAN)
  • 2015 Jan 26  |  Badass Drills & Cozy Combos (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 June 01  |  Lavish Drilling and Combinations (w/A. Simmons) (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Aug 05  |  Lyrical Bellydance (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s, NL
  • 2012 Aug 05  |  Brass Tacks (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s, NL
  • 2011 Aug 21  |  Work Hard, Play Hard (5 hrs)  |  St. John’s, NL
Laura Selenzi (CAN)
  • 2013 May 04  |  Folkore Sampler (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2013 May 04  |  Veil Workshop (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2013 May 03  |  Professional Performance Q&A (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Amy Sigil (USA)
  • 2018 Oct 28  |  Working in the Moment (3 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton UK
Vesna Zorman ()
  • 2019 Nov 02  |  Glam Tribal (2 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton UK
Olga Meos (Kazakhstan)
  • 2018 Oct 26  |  Hands Freedom! (2 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton UK
  • 2018 Oct 27  |  Unique Choregoraphy (2 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton UK
Aziza (CAN)
  • 2018 Oct 26  |  Extreme Technique & Stagecraft (3 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton UK
  • 2018 Oct 27  |  Fancy Veil (2 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton UK
  • 2018 Oct 28  |  I LOVE SAIDI! (3 hrs)  |  Wolverhampton UK
Ainsley Hawthorn (CAN)
  • 2008 Aug 02  |  Egyptian Hips (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Aug 02  |  Egyptian Walking Shimmies (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Andrea Kitta (CAN/USA)
  • 2013 Jul 16  |  Hungarian Hipwork (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Apr  |  Intro to ATS – Part 2 (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2010 Jan 04  |  Andrea Intensive 2 (3 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2009 Apr-Jun  |  The Andrea Intensive (10 x 2 hrs/wk)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2009 Apr-Jun  |  Your First Solo (10 x 1.5 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Aug 13  |  Learning Layers Bootcamp (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Aug 06  |  Intro to Improvisation (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Jul 30  |  Intro to ATS (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Jul 23  |   Modern Bellydancing (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Apr-Jun  |  Back to Basics (10 x 1 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Jan-Mar  |  Intermediate: Veils (10 x 1 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Other:
  • 2007 Winter  |  Beginners Belly Dance  |  Ottawa ON
  • 2005 Sep – 2010 Apr  |  MUN Ballroom & Latin Dance Club  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2000 Sep – 2003 Jun |  Point at The Dance Centre  |  St. John’s NL
  • 1995 Sep – 2002 Jun  |  Jazz at The Dance Centre  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2000 Sep – 2001 Jun  |  Acro-Jazz at The Dance Centre  |  St. John’s NL
  • 1990 Sep – 2003 Jun  |  Cecchetti Ballet at The Dance Centre  |  St. John’s NL

Teaching

Workshops with Seraka Dance Company
  • 2015 Mar 17  | Top Speed Turns Pt. 2 (1.5hrs)  | St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Jan 12  |  Top Speed Turns (1.5 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL

Production

Seraka Dance Company
  • *2021 Aug  |  SDC’s 10 Year Anniversary (Producer, Director, Choreographer)
  • *2021 Mar 20  |  Synthesis: Daydream (Producer)
  • 2020 Nov 30  |  “Patterns” video project (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2020 Jul-Aug |  “Anniversary Spotlight: Meet The Dancers”  (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2020 Jun  |  “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” video project (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2020 Feb 29 | Sondor (Producer)
  • 2018 Jan 27  |  Synthesis: Audacity (Producer)
  • 2017 Nov 11  |  Unknown (Producer, Director, Choreographer)
  • 2017 Feb 25  |  Synthesis: Un Deux Trois (Producer)
  • 2016 Nov 13  |  Aqueous (Producer, Director, Choreographer)
  • 2016 Jan 30  |  Synthesis: Winter Blues (Producer)
  • 2015 Sep 11  |  A Night at the Caravanserai: Vaudeville (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2015 Jan 24  |  Synthesis: Contemporary (Producer)
  • 2014 Sep 13  |  A Night at the Caravanserai: Vaudeville (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2014 Feb 01  |  Synthesis: Speakeasy (Producer)
  • 2013 Oct 05  |  A Night at the Caravanserai: Silk Road (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2013 Jun 22  |  Synthesis: Solos & Duets (Producer)
  • 2012 Sep 15  |  A Night at the Caravanserai (Producer, Choreographer)

Performances

2020
  • Nov 30  |  Seraka Dance Company’s “Patterns” (Seraka)  |  Virtual (YouTube)
  • Oct 12  |  Untellable Movement Theatre’s “Mayflies” (Solo) |  Virtual (Instagram)
  • Sep 19  |  Vanessa Matthew’s “Belly Dance Brew” (Solo)  |  Virtual (Live via Zoom)
  • Jul 13  |  Seraka Dance Company’s “Meet Karen” (Solo)  |  Virtual (YouTube)
  • Jun 30  |  Seraka Dance Company’s “Behind the Scenes & Outtakes of IWDWS” (Seraka)  |  Virtual (YouTube)
  • Jun 30  |  Seraka Dance Company’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (Seraka)  |  Virtual (YouTube)
  • Jun 20  |  Vanessa Matthew’s “Belly Dance Brew” (Solo)  |  Virtual (Live via Zoom)
  • May 03  |  Bedouin Beat’s “A Moving Tribute” (Solo)  |  Virtual (Live via Zoom)
  • Apr 18  |  Vanessa Matthew’s “Belly Dance Brew” (Solo)  |  Virtual (Live via Zoom)
  • Mar 12  |  CHANNAL’s “6th Annual Variety Show” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 29  |  Seraka Dance Co’s “SONDER” (Cast/Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
2019
  • Oct 27  |  Alexis Southalls’ “Infusion Emporium 9” (Solo)  |  Wolverhampton UK
2018
  • Oct 28  |  Alexis Southalls’ “Glitterball Shakedown” (Solo)  |  Wolverhampton UK
  • Oct 27  |  Alexis Southalls’ “Infusion Emporium 8” (Juniper Project)  |  Wolverhampton UK
  • Jan 27  |  Seraka Dance Co’s “Synthesis: Audacity” (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
2017
  • Dec 8  |  Here Kitty Kitty’s “Dymond-Studded Menagerie of Oddities” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Nov 11  |  Seraka Dance Co’s “Unknown” (Cast/Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jul 13 | St. John’s Pride’s “Pride Week Celebrations” (Seraka)  | St. John’s NL
  • May 27  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance On The Edge 9” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 25  |  Seraka Dance Co’s “Synthesis: Un Deux Trois” (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 04  |  LouLou Applebottom’s “St. John’s Sideshow Spectacular” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
2016
  • Nov 26  |  Island Belles’ “A Night of Burlesque” (Seraka) |  St. John’s NL
  • Nov 13  |  Seraka Dance Co’s “Aqueous” (Cast/Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 14  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 8” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Apr 09  |  Heat2Toe’s “Girl’s Night Out” (Seraka)  |  Mount Pearl NL
  • Apr 02  |  “The Lavish Project 2016”  (Cast/Artist in Residency)  |  Toronto ON
  • Jan 30  |  Seraka Dance Co’s “Synthesis: Winter Blues” (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
2015
  • Nov 28  | “Naturally” hosted by Tuckamore Dance Company (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Nov 20  |  Island Belles’ “Burlesque Rewind” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Nov 17  |  Book Launch for “Call of the Sea” by Amanda Labonté (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Sep 11  |  Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Aug 22  |  Island Belles’ “Burlesque Fever” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Aug 08-09  |  Annual Downtown St. John’s Busker Festival  (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jun 27  |  The Lavish Project (Cast/Artist in Residency)  |  Toronto ON
  • Jun 20  |  Dark Side Studio’s Dark Salon Solo Works (Solo)  |  Toronto ON
  • Jun 07  |  Head2Toe Women’s Show (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 09  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 7” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 02  |  Island Belles’ “Spring Fling” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 28  |  Red Hot Productions’ “Red Hot 2015” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jan 24   |  Seraka’s “Synthesis Contemporary” (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
2014
  • Oct 18  |  Island Belles’ “A Burlesque Blood Bath” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Sep 30  |  Guest Entertainment at Daffodil Place (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Sep 13  |  Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai: Vaudeville (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Aug 23  |  Wild Lily Dance Centre’s “Roses of the Rock, April Rose Gala Show” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 31  |  The Dark Side Studio’s “The Lavish Project Gala” (Solo)  |  Toronto ON
  • May 17  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 6” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Apr 05  |  Island Belles’ “Greatest Hits” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Apr 05  |  Gonzaga High School’s “International Bazaar” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 01  |  Seraka’s “Synthesis Speakeasy” (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
2013
  • Oct 05  |  Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai: Silk Road” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Aug 30  |  Heather Labonté’s “Ablaze” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jul 27  |  CBC’s “World Soccer Day” Pavillion (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jun 22  |  Seraka’s “Synthesis: Solos & Duets” (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 11  |  Island Belle’s “Full Frontal Nerdity” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 05  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 5” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Mar 02  |  Amanda Chretien’s “Red Hot” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jan 17  |  OvationNL’s “Celebration of Women” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
2012
  • Sep 27  |  Audra’s “Dark Harvest Gala” (Seraka)  |  Toronto, ON
  • Sep 15  |  Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai: Carnivale” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 19  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 4” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Mar 18  |  NDW’s “Do You Think You Can Dance 2012” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 25  |  Amanda Chretien’s “Red Hot” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 11  |  Burly Q Babies’s “One Night Stand” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
2011
  • Oct 12  |  The Forgotten Bouzouki’s “CD Release Party” (Seraka) |  St. John’s NL
2010
  • Mar 10  |  Neighbourhood Dance Work’s “Do You Think You Can Dance” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
2009
  • July 25  |  Victoria Park Lantern Festival (NHS)  |  St. John’s NL
  • July 8  | Neighbourhood Strays “Goddess Show” (NHS)  |  St. John’s NL
  • July 2  |  Osborne Wedding (NHS)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 09  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 2” (NHS)  |  St. John’s N
2008
  • Nov 27  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Student Hafla” (NHS) | St. John’s NL
  • Nov 30  |  Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade (NHS)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Aug 20-23  |  Cinneplex’s “Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium” Pre-Show (NHS)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jul 27  |  Kittiwake Dance Theatre’s “Summer Dance” (Ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 22  |  Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge” (Ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL