Karen is a Suffolk based Dance Artist specialising in contemporary and community dance. She trained at Roehampton University where she gained a BA (hons) in Dance Studies, including modules in Choreography, Dance Composition and The Teaching Artist. Karen went on to complete a PGCE at University Campus Suffolk in 2014 and has worked in a range of educational settings such as the Course Co-ordinator for Performance Studies at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, and teaching KS3 and KS5 in Norwich.
As well as educational settings, Karen also works as a freelance Dance Artist. In 2016 she was a part of the creation of Big Dance 2016 with Akram Khan Company and People Dancing. From this she set up and ran her own workshops in Suffolk, in conjunction with Anna Rowe Dance and Big Dance. Karen has taught on many projects including:
Dance Rio KDA 2016 (Jennifer Irons)
7 Schools 1 Town 2017 (DanceEast & Gecko Theatre)
The Inkwell 2017 including Arts Award (DanceEast)
Summer Schools 2017 including Arts Award (DanceEast)
Summer Scools 2017 - Creative Dance (Angela Rowe School of Dance)
She is currently assisting on the new Care to Dance? classes at DanceEast which focuses on participants living with Dementia and their carers. She is also assisting StowMovers, a movement class for 55+ years.
At the beginning of 2017, Karen set up her own Youth Dance Company which focuses on contemporary dance and choreographic skills. She has also created several new professional works, individually and in collaboration Anna Rowe Dance. These works prodominately focus on individual stories, heritage and topical issues such as clothes pollution and human impact. Click on Projects to find out more.
Karen is also part of the 17/18 cohort for Overture, a professional development opportunity from Matthew Bourne's ReBourne project. She is 1 of 16 UK Dance Artists that takes part in four residential weekends at Farnham Maltings in Surrey.
Karen is also a keen performer. She has been a member of Dance East's Performance group 'Dance Unlimited' for four years now, and performs regularly in East Anglia.
Karen holds full insurance and is a registered member of People Dancing and also the Society for Education and Training. She is a licensed chaperone with a recent DBS check and a First Aider through St Johns Ambulance.
Karen is also an Arts Award Adviser for Discover and Explore levels. If you wish your school or group of participants to go through Arts Award, please advise during early discussions.