- ARAD TC, RAD Registered Teacher
- ISTD Foundation in Dance Instruction
Miss Karen has been dancing for over 25 years. Her training began at Pamela Gray Dance Academy, where she became a RAD York scholar, and achieved high results in exams for ISTD Modern and Tap as well as RAD ballet (lower grades through to Advanced 2).
Starting her professional teachers and performing training at Northern Ballet School, Manchester, England and Preston College, England as a scholarship student. Miss Karen finished her RAD Ballet training also studying all forms of dance including Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre.
Miss Karen graduated in 2005 with a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts and her RAD Teaching Certificate.
After working with, and learning from highly regarded choreographers, teachers and RAD/ISTD Examiners including Patricia McDonald, David Needham and Jacqueline Gray, Miss Karen had the opportunity to perform professionally for various companies including Royal Caribbean cruise lines, working with highly accomplished choreographers from around the world.
After performing in America and Europe, Miss Karen went back into teaching RAD Ballet in the north east of England before moving to B.C. in 2008. Here she is continuing her work, training students for RAD Ballet exams and preparing for competitions and performances.
Miss Karen is looking forward to another year working with the students and the talented, experienced faculty at the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance.