Karen Flamenco Vancouver



Karen Pitkethly


As one of Canada’s elite professional flamenco dancers, Karen Pitkethly is the face of flamenco in Vancouver.  This prolific dancer, choreographer, and teacher is best known for mesmerizing audiences weekly at Kino Cafe and teaching a steadily expanding group of dedicated flamenco students.  Karen is a life-long dancer, extensively trained in ballet, contemporary, and flamenco dance.  Her journey as a flamenco bailora brought her to Seville, Spain thanks to a travel grant through the Canada Council. The experience allowed 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…  Karen has been active in Vancouver for over 10 years, dancing, teaching, and becoming a significant figure in Vancouver’s growing flamenco scene.
In 2009, the Karen Flamenco Studio opened in the heart of Mount Pleasant.  This airy studio loft serves as Karen’s headquarters where she teaches over 150 flamenco enthusiasts, rehearses with the Karen Flamenco Dance Company, and creates her feisty dances.

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