Karen enjoyed a successful performance career in various styles in the 80’s including television appearances, corporate events, musical theatre and specialised company work. After achieving her R.A.D. Teaching Certificate in 1989 she began teaching and has now over 30 years experience throughout Australia and London U.K. During that time she owned dance schools with many students achieving success in eisteddfods, prestigious competitions and receiving dance contracts in Australia and overseas. She then freelanced in both Australia and London, teaching at The Ballet School in Notting Hill, West London School of Dance and Anna Pavlova’s Ivy House among others.
Karen is a registered teacher and Examiner with the Royal Academy of Dance, examining students throughout Australia and internationally. She has taught and mentored students completing the Ballet Education Degree at London Headquarters and has since become a Tutor for the Classical Ballet Teaching Studies. Her extensive training was with well renowned teachers including Kathleen Gorham, Valerie Bayley, Joy Ransley, Maggie Sietsma, and many others throughout Australia, UK and USA. Eisteddfod experience includes as a competitor herself, then as a Mum with her three children performing in many genres, as well as her own students.
Further studies achieving a Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment has lead to delivering and assessing the Certificate IV in Dance, Musical Theatre, Dance Teaching & Management courses to full time students. Teaching these courses demonstrates knowledge and extensive experience in all genres to a professional level as well as choreography and performance skills. Karen’s enjoyment of continual education in dance sees her currently studying the Rambert Contemporary Grades from the UK.
Her passion is to share her knowledge and experience from performing, teaching and examining to future performers and to instill a love for the performing arts in all students.
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