Associate Artistic Director
Pre-professional Program Ballet
Ms. Karen was born in the Philippines and migrated to the United States with her family when she was 16 years old. Her mother, Liza, who owned and was director of two dance schools in the Philippines, was her primary ballet teacher. Prior to her move to the United States, she has had the opportunity to perform with the Philippine Ballet Theatre productions of “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote”, and “Serenade” and “Who Cares” with guest artist Robert Barnett.
She has done all the Royal Academy of Dance Grades and the Intermediate and Advanced 1 Vocational examinations garnering "Distinction" and "Honours" marks as well as a Distinction mark for her Australian Ballet Syllabus Examination. She has competed in the New York City Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix International Student Ballet and Contemporary Competitions from 2003 to 2005. She has attended summer intensives at the Washington Ballet School in Washington D.C., at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at the Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, SC, and at The Art of Classical Ballet in Pompano Beach, Florida.
In 2005, Ms. Karen began her year-round training with Magaly Suarez and Ibis Montoto at The Art of Classical Ballet and has since performed with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami productions of “Paquita,” “Majissimo,” “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” ”La Vivandiere”, “La Bayadere”, ” The Nutcracker,” “Le Corsaire,” “Carmen” since 2006. She has also performed with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami at the International Ballet Festival of Miami in 2007 and 2008 and the Gala de las Estrellas de la Danza Mundial in the Dominican Republic in 2009.