Karen started her dance training with Pamela de Waal in Devon, and after gaining her associates at London College of Dance & Drama in Bedford, taught freelance for a few years before taking over the theatre section of the Castle School of Dancing in Torquay.
After fifteen years the Castle School merged with the Totnes School of Dance in Devon, and Karen is now working in conjunction with this school and the educational authority to offer students full-time Vocational training in all aspects of Dance related subjects and the BTEC National Certificate in Dance.
Totnes School of Dance is also an ISTD Registered Centre offering the full FDI and CDE qualifications in Imperial Ballet, Classical Greek, Modern and Tap Dance.
Karen is an examiner for the Classical Greek, Modern Theatre and Tap Faculties and a Committee member for Classical Greek. She has helped to produce the Classical Greek Dance Grades DVD, assisted in creating the medal tests and is in the process of adapting the syllabus for boys. Karen is also a dance adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.