During her 12 year dance career she performed corps through principal roles in ballet, as well as, modern companies including Ballet Iowa, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Dance Theater, Lexington Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Summer Flight Ballet in Cincinnati, Rosalind Neuman Dancers in NYC, and Oure Danse Kompagni in Denmark. Karina also spent time studying and performing the art of theatrical ballroom at Chicago Dance with Gregory Day (winner of the British Open Blackpool Competition).
Karina has taught ballet, modern, jazz, character, ballroom and other forms of dance for 29 years in numerous schools across the country and overseas including Naperville School of the Performing Arts (IL), Wolcott Children’s Ballet (VT), Ballet LaCrosse (WI), Oure Sports and Performing Arts High School (Denmark) and others. Karina acted as Ballet Mistress for Ballet Arkansas setting ballets such as Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre andThe Nutcracker, and acted as principal choreographer and organizer of Arts in Concert, Little Rock’s city-wide collaborative arts performance. In addition to many other original choreographic works, Karina created a full-length ballet libretto of “The Little Match Girl” with an original score composed by Stratismir Pavlov.
Karina holds a Master’s Degree in History from Arizona State University and Bachelors degrees in History and Religious Studies from Iowa State University and is a certified Dance Teacher through the Arizona Board of Education. Her love of dance led her to also pursue licensure in sports and medicine massage therapy, which she has been practicing for ten years. Karina and her husband manage Southern Arizona Centre for the Arts, a non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the artwork of Iowa artist William D. Sturdevant – a sculptor, painter, and engraver who taught in, and was inspired by, the Southwest.
Specializing in the Bournonville technique, Karina’s dance students have been accepted on scholarship to nationally acclaimed dance programs such as Butler University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Utah, as well as performed on Broadway, the Radio City Rockettes and in ballet companies such as Ballet West and Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet. Karina is currently developing the Fine Arts Dance Program at Andrada Polytechnic High School and hopes to give all students in Vail and the surrounding areas an opportunity to learn about the beauty and art of dance.