Karen is a member of the Panel of Examiners of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, examining students throughout Australia and internationally. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Karen is a fully registered R.A.D. Teacher and also has a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has mentored students completing the Ballet Education Degree at the London R.A.D. Headquarters. Most recently she became a Tutor and licensee for the Silver Swans.

Karen was privileged to study under teachers such as Kathleen Gorham OBE, Valerie Bayley and Joy Ransley, completing her R.A.D. Teaching Certificate in 1988. After a career performing in various styles of dance, Karen was then principal of her own dance schools and then after having her own family, became a freelance teacher both in Australia and London U.K., teaching at The Ballet School, Notting Hill, West London School of Dance and Anna Pavlova’s Ivy House.

Karen brings extensive knowledge and a passion for classical ballet, from both overseas and locally to pass on to our students.


Rize Dance Company is based in Bundall on the Gold Coast. We offer classes for children aged 3 years to Young Adult Dancers. We have classes for fun and for those wanting to compete and perform on a regular basis. We offer classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Tap, Acrobatics, RAD Classical Ballet and Cabaret.