Karen trained with Mrs. Karen Barter, RAD Scholars teacher and at the Royal Academy of Dance, London, before continuing her studies at the Northern Ballet School and commencing her career with the Northern Ballet teaching program.
She toured with Scott and Michael Peters Productions throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia.
She continued her studies at the Laban Centre, London and postgraduate studies at Brighton University, England before immigrating to Australia in 1995.
Her teaching career includes the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Deakin University School of Language, Cultural & Arts Education, VCE Dance within the education system and as a private provider. She is also a teacher of RAD and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabi.