Karen’s passion for dance has kept her happily in the dance scene since she was a little
girl. She studied with Evelyn LeMone (Pasadena Dance Theatre), as a teen she was a soloist
with Morelli Ballet in Los Angeles, CA and performed at the Greek Theatre in Alicia Alonso’s
production of “Coppelia.”
Karen earned a BA in dance from UCLA, an MA from Ohio State University. While raising two
small children she continued to train and perform at the University of Hawaii with Yasuki Sasa,
Betty Jones, Ethel Winter and other guest artists. For four years she was a featured dancer with
Hawaii Dance Theatre.
Moving to NYC, she continued her ballet training with Margaret Craske and modern with
Viola Farber. While in NYC Karen performed in the companies of modern pioneers Jean Erdman
and Charles Weidman; later danced with Ballet Hysell (New Orleans Ballet), Anaheim Ballet, and
free-lanced as a modern dancer with several Southern California companies.
Before moving to Colorado in the summer of 2007, Karen was a Professor of Dance at
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA., where for 24 years she taught ballet and modern,
was the Dance Department chair for 17 years and established one of the first Pilates “certificate”
programs in a college dance curriculum.
Karen is a certified Pilates and Gyrotonic ® instructor and has her own studio Jasper
Peak Pilates in Lafayette.