After receiving a BA in Philosophy and Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, Karen Jamieson began dancing at Simon Fraser University. She went on to receive her major dance training in New York City, studying modern techniques of Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham as well as ballet with Alfredo Corvino and Maggie Black.
She performed with Yvonne Rainer and Phyllus Lamhut and was a member of the Alwin Nikolais Company and toured the U.S.Returning to Vancouver, she taught at Simon Fraser University and co- founded the experimental movement collective, Terminal City Dance – where she studied the physical theatre techniques of Jerzy Growtowski.
A recipient of the Chalmers award for choreography, she established the Karen Jamieson Dance Company in 1983. Her work Sisyphus was recognized in Canada’s Dance Collection Danse magazine as one of the top ten Canadian Choreographic Masterworks of the 20th Century. She is listed in the British Columbia Encyclopaedia, the Encyclopaedia of Theatre Dance in Canada, among others.
Since 1996, the foundation of her dance practice has been Vijnana yoga, studying 10 years with Gioia Irwin and Orit Sen Gupta. In the last year she has begun to integrate the principles of tensegrity anatomy into her Vijnana/dance practice.