Tina Karr began her career in the field of body movement at the early age of 9 by leaving her native town of Chicoutimi to become a ballerina at the National Ballet of Toronto
A severe back injury prevented her from completing her program and forced her to give up her dream of becoming principal dancer. While physically weakened by this accident, Tina will emerge more than ever determined to pursue her career in the performing arts.
After several years of rehabilitation during which she will learn a great deal about anatomy and how the human body functions, Tina revives her long lasting relationship with body movement by perfecting her skills with The Mime School of Toronto and Theater Beyond Words.
Very soon her career takes off. Tina takes part in various Canadian and American movie and theatrical productions within renowned international companies such as Autumn Angel, Théatre de rue, Jim Henson & Sesame Street as well as the Bread & Puppet Theater.
Recognized for her work on the human body as a tool of self-expression, Tina is awarded a scholarship by the Canadian Council of Arts that will lead her to Paris in 1983.
She asserts her proficiency in body movement through the study of the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais method with Monica Pagneux and pushes the boundaries in the fields of acting, Commedia dell’ arte, melodrama, mask and bouffon with Philippe Gaulier.
With a reputable experience in movement and mask, Tina sets in the realm of puppets and very rapidly acquires a reputation as a confirmed comedian puppeteer. She will tour Europe for six years with the world renowned Philippe Genty Company and the Lucien Morisse Troup.
Back in Paris, Tina decides to teach movement to women and enters the University of La Sorbonne where she will land a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management while being a mother of three.
The following year, she heads back to Montreal with her family and Parisian husband with whom she starts a business.
In 2011, Tina releases her first book entitled ‘A Mother in High Heels’ and launches her blog along with her website.
As a response to a striking need from women who growingly feel torn between authenticity and appearances in a society where the cult of the body and the image it projects have taken on exaggerated proportions, Tina has designed a program that uses high heels as a tool for self-assertion. ‘The Art of Wearing High Heels’ based on the principle of verticality is taught in small groups of participants or in private sessions.
She published her second book: The Art of Wearing High Heels, the secret of elegance , in April 2012 and pursues her career as public speaker.
Tina is frequently invited to participate in radio and télévision shows .