Karen received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Utah’s Ballet Department with an emphasis in ballet performance and was awarded the William F. Christensen Scholarship. She trained at the School of Performing Arts in Orlando, FL and many local schools around Flagler and Volusia Counties. While studying at the School of Performing Arts she performed with a pre-professional ballet company called Ballet South around Orlando, Florida. Karen had many principal roles and performed in many ballets including Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Le Coursaire Pas de Deux, A Mid Summers Nights Dream, America, Valhalla, The Four Seasons, The Nutcracker, Modern works by Ellie Potts, and Jazz pieces by Pamela Bolling . Karen danced with the Boston Ballet, Orlando Ballet and the Nutmeg Conservatory Summer Intensives. After dancing with the U of U for a year, she danced with Utah Ballet for three years and performed at Kunghee University in Seoul, Korea. Karen graduated from the University of Utah’s Ballet Department in 2008 and has been the Ballet Director of the Creative Arts Academy in Bountiful, Utah for the past 3 years. While at the studio she has choreographed and directed many ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet. In September of 2011 Karen will be attending University of California Irvine to complete her Masters of Fine Arts on a full scholarship. She will be teaching undergraduate level ballet part-time as a Graduate Assistant. During the time she is out in California she also hopes to pursue her professional dancing career.