|Karen has been partner dancing since 1991, was a former Champion competitor in
International Latin Ballroom from 1995-2001 and graduated top of her class (High Honors)
from the Teacher Certification program at Ballroom Dance Teacher’s Academy. She teaches
American Rhythm, Smooth, Nightclub Dances, International Latin and International Standard
at Preciado's Ballroom Dance studio in Santa Clarita and in Van Nuys. Karen is a very versatile
dancer and has trained and performed in many other partner and solo dances. She has also
successfully taught 400+ beginner adults how to partner dance.
Karen started dancing as an adult, her first partner dance was salsa, travelling throughout the
US, Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba to explore the various dance and musical
styles of salsa. In 1994, Karen travelled to Cuba and studied Afro-Cuban and Cuban popular
dances at Cuba’s National School of Dance (Escola National de Arte) and returned in 2001 to
train with Cuba’s top Folkloric dance group – Ban-Ra-Ra.
In 1994, a severe foot injury prevented Karen from walking for 6 months and she was left with
a limp. Determined to dance again, she took private coaching in International Latin Ballroom.
After 6 months, the limp was gone and she was strong enough to compete and won many
Ballroom competitions from 1995-2001 (see below). Karen trained with top coaches (National
and World champions) in the Bay Area, Southern California, New York and England.
Karen’s diverse musical and dance interests has led her to study many other dances such as
Brazilian samba, swing, hustle, hip hop, African, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Belly-dance,
Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Ballet and Jazz in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cuba and
Brazil. In 2001, Karen traveled to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival and trained in Rio-style Samba.
On her return, she performed with a San Francisco-based samba dance troupe “Hot Pink
Feathers”. She returned to Brazil in 2003 for the Bahia Carnival and trained in Afro-Brazilian
Karen’s early creative expression was in Chemistry and Computer science. Karen created 15
new Chemical compounds in Australia and was published in 2 scientific publications. While in
the Computing industry (Australia, Asia-Pacific, US and Europe), she was always at the
forefront of technology, finding new applications for early innovations, prototyping and
building teams and organizations to develop, market, sell and support the new technologies.
Karen is also a talented artist, developing her own spontaneous style of watercolors on rice-
paper, holding exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Laguna Beach. She
has been featured on HGTV and was selected as “Artist of the year” by the City of Buena
Vista. Today, her art is owned by 90+ collectors and she has introduced 300+ people to art.
For over 20+ years, Karen has been coaching, teaching and introducing new concepts to
many people - from her days in the computing industry introducing innovative new
technologies to hundreds of large corporations and thousands of people, to her life as an
artist and coach, transforming lives through creativity in art and dance - helping everyone
express and find their inner joy, and empowering survivors to their happiness and success.
Ballroom Dance Training
- Steve Vasco, Campbell - #4 in the world American Rhythm
Stephan Krauel, Redwood City - judge, former US Latin finalist and former 5x
World 10 dance representative
Other Dance Training
Ballroom Competitions (International Latin) 1995 - 2001
Autumn Dance Classic 1st (Pro-Am)
Galaxy 1st (Pro-Am), Finalist (Amateur)
International Grand Ball 1st (Pro-Am)
California Open 2nd and 1st (Pro-Am)
California Winter Festival 1st (Pro-Am)
2001 – 2002 20+ Samba shows with “Hot Pink Feathers” including San Francisco Music
Awards, San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, private and corporate
events, festivals and clubs.
1994 “Inna City Slam” with “Third Wave Dancers”, San Francisco
1992-1994 Salsa performances in clubs and TV performances in local dance
shows in San Francisco
Contact Karen at 661-450 8842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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