Kara Tatelbaum

Dance Faculty

Described by the New Yorker as, “having brown curls, bright eyes, kiddish exuberance and looking like the heroine of a children’s book, Really Rosie meets Olivia the Pig” Kara Tatelbaum brings enormous energy, physicality, and animation to all of her endeavors.  Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Kara began making dances at an early age and earned her BFA in Dance as a University Honors Scholar from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and MFA in Choreography with a Teaching Assistantship from the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase. Kara’s choreographic repertory ranges from intimate solo work to commissions featuring over twenty-five dancers.  Her company independentdancemaker| Kara Tatelbaum was created in 2000 and renowned for a powerhouse group of dancers who perform extensively at venues in NY and abroad including Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, Duke Theatre, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, and The Expo in Shanghai, China.  The company also presented four NYC Seasons, receiving accolades from audiences and press.
In addition to choreographing, Kara also teaches extensively and is certified in Pilates Mat, Reformer, as well as Poolates.  Her unique teaching style is enhanced by her own experience with injury, recovery, and prevention.  Kara is thrilled to return to teaching children, especially now that she has two of her own.  She is currently Adjunct Dance Faculty at School of Holy Child Rye (5th-12th grade) and Riverdale Temple Nursery School (2’s, 3’s, and UPK).  In the past she has taught and held residencies at Ballet Arts Studio (Beacon, NY), Brown University, Dance New Amsterdam, Education Through Music, Millbrook School, New York State Summer School of the Arts at Skidmore College, Ryeneck High School, Shattuck St.Mary School (MN), and SUNY Purchase.  In addition, Kara served as Artistic Managing Director of Dancenow/NYC.
Having recently completed an intensive in BrainDance with Ann Green Gilbert. Kara is inspired to further integrate neurodevelopmental movement with traditional technique.   This led her to create the Toddler Dance Jam- a very popular local class featured at the Riverdale Y Sunday Market.


Dance is deeply rooted in tradition and rebellion; my inspiration for teaching honors both. My favorite part of teaching dance is the look on students’ faces when they allow themselves to feel the magic of movement; the studio becomes the stage, and they fly!