Karen started dancing at the age of 8 and reached the Advanced 2 level in the Cecchetti syllabus. At the age of 11 she was awarded a scholarship at the Cecchetti School of Ballet in Tring, London. Later she auditioned for the Northern Ballet School in Manchester and was awarded a scholarship to start training there full time in September 2004. she graduated 3 years later with a Diploma in Professional Dance and a job as a soloist in a small contemporary/ballet company. Since then she's focused more on the teaching aspect of dance. She has a passion for teaching and takes great pleasure in passing on the knowledge and experience she has gained whilst watching dancers evolve. Karen teaches ballet at Salford University, she's been invited by several establishments to teach workshops, including Manchester City College and the Conway Centre in Anglesey. She has also taught company class to the principals and soloists of the Chinese National Ballet during their tour with Akram Khan Dance Company. She regularly gives private tuition to young aspiring dancers, and runs classes for professional dancers who are in between jobs. She has worked with dancers from Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst, Hammond, Northern Ballet School, Dresden Semper Oper, English National Ballet, Bern Ballet, Royal Ballet Company and La Scala. She recently founded a dance company which performs at various events (corporate and private), allowing her to pursue her other passion of choreographing.
Northern Ballet School