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6 December 2021

A tragic loss of someone so young, who had so much more to give. Her dedication and commitment to the dance world are undisputed.

Karen studied as a child with Pamela de Waal in Paignton, Devon, loving all aspects of dance and drama, then completed her training at the London College of Dance and Drama in Bedford. She went on to teach for Pamela whilst building up her own very successful school in Torquay. Latterly she worked with full-time students teaching all aspects of dance and headed the teachers training course at Totnes School of Dance, a registered ISTD centre.

Karen was an examiner for ISTD Modern Theatre, Tap and Classical Greek Faculties. She had been on the Classical Greek Committee for several years, taken a short break after her 9-year rotation, but had recently in her own words “Returned to the Fold”, with so many new ideas to help with the way forward for the Faculty, also being appointed as Deputy Lead Examiner.  

Classical Greek was her passion, she was involved in so many aspects, helping to create and produce much of the Vocational and in particular the Medal Tests and Grade 6 examination syllabi and original grades DVDs. She presented at many of our Congresses, taught and adjudicated at Ruby Ginner Awards and adjudicated at the Classical Greek Festival. Always there and ready to volunteer and support in any way she could. She was the winner of the prestigious Daphne Hawkesworth Cup given for Outstanding Service to Classical Greek Dance in 2006.

Karen was involved in festivals as a performer, teacher and organiser and was an executive committee member of Torbay Festival. She was an adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals & All England Dance and had recently become much more involved and been appointed as one of the British Federation of Festivals Adjudicators Council Deputies.

We pay tribute to her enormous talent, inspiration, energy, creativity and exceptional contribution to the work of the Classical Greek Faculty. She was a very special, but private person greatly loved and respected by all who had the privilege to work with her or learn from her. She will be greatly missed and is a huge loss to the Society.  

We send our love and prayers to her family who is devastated by their loss. Donations are being made in her memory to the Children’s Hospice South West on 


Written by Kay Ball  

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