Dancer, choreographer, teacher, rehearsal director and researcher in dance and dance science, Karine Rathle is also co-founder and co-director of Fleur d’asphalte, a dance and creation studio in Montreal (Canada). She has a MSc degree in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, an internationally renowned vocational dance institute.
Dance has been an integral part of Karine's life since childhood, she developed solid base in classical ballet at Pierre Laporte College. Since then, she has extended this experience to include Contemporary dance, argentinean tango, contact improvisation, modern dance, flamenco, argentinean folkloric dances. Karine is also a Pilates certified teacher and practices yoga regularly. She has extensive knowledge in the field of Somatics and integrates it to her own practice and teaching.
Karine began teaching at age fifteen, for the Ballet Classique de Montréal. Since then, she has developed a very personal pedagogical method. She has acquired experience with different age groups (children, adults, elderly) as well as with people with different abilities (with and without disabilities). She has taught in Montréal, New York (US), Ottawa, Buenos Aires (Argentina), London (UK), Newcastle (UK) and Durham (UK).
Karine regularly participates as an interpreter and a choreographer in dance performances, in both contemporary dance, and Argentinian tango. To name but a few, she performed with Grasshoppa Dance Exchange for the International Dance Festival in Ottawa, she danced for Marjolayne Auger in ‘Saudade’ presented at the Monument National, and took part in 'The Art', organized by La deuxième porte à Gauche. Karine has danced in several performances with the orchestra of Denis Plante, including Romeo and Juliette. She has worked in theatre as assistant to the director, as sound director and as an actor. As a choreographer, Karine obtained the support of the MAI ‘Montréal Art Interculturel’ to work with Ken Roy, participating in the choreography of 'Por una Caricia' in 2006. Followed in 2008 by her new work 'Y despues' a solo which integrated the music of pianist Victor Simon. In 2011 she had the oportunity to work as a choreographer on William Vaughan's opera 'The Poisoned Kiss'.
Karine is always keen to improve her teaching and dance practice and travels to partake in workshops, conferences and courses anywhere she can with the best mentors she can find.
Karine's work is fueled by an interest in creating a multidisciplinary, personal and authentic language. Extending beyond the perceived limits of the physical, Karine's voyage of discovery aspires to integrate the movement, the image and the theatrical aspect in both her creation, and her performance of dance.
In tango she took part in several advanced training courses in Argentina, with Masters of the argentenean tango Marcello Varela and Analia Vega, Carlos Gavito, Lo de Dinzel, Dana Frigoli and Pablo Villarraza, Hernan Obispo, and many others. During her time abroad, she also took workshops in Argentinian folklore and modern dance (Graham). In Buenos Aires, Karine also taught with Pedro " El Indio" Benavente and in New York with Carlos Gavito.