MEET THE TEAM
Karen trained as a Senior Associate of The Royal Ballet School and then full time at Elmhurst Ballet School. She graduated with a National Diploma in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She is a fully qualified and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing examinations boards.
Her professional theatre credits include; Dirty Dancing, Aldwych Theatre, (Penny, Vivian and Mrs. Shumacher), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, UK Tour, Disney’s Beauty and Beast, UK Tour, Hello Dolly! Theatre Royal, Lincoln, Cats, German and Swiss Tour, (Victoria-White Cat), New English Contemporary Ballet (Soloist), Cats, UK Tour (Cassandra, Victoria and Tantomile). Karen has modeled for dance photographer Chris Nash and has recently appeared in ads for Avonmore and its4women.ie
Karen has twice been a judge for the National Dance Championships and regularly guest teaches throughout Ireland and the UK at workshops and summer schools. Alongside her work at KWD, she currently teaches at Debbie Allen School of Dance, Dublin.
Ellen trained in Dublin in the Debbie Allen School of Dance. Here, she trained in Ballet and Modern, completing Advanced 2 RAD Ballet and Advanced 2 ISTD Modern.
During her training, Ellen danced with the Irish National Youth Ballet and Monica Loughman Elite Ballet Company and while studying in UCD, she performed with the Jazz and Contemporary Dance team. Here, she was choreography manager for two years, choreographing and performing for events such as Electric Picnic, All Ireland Dance Experiment and Perform Ireland, as well as winning awards in the all-Ireland Intervarsity’s.
Ellen teaches ballet and modern with Debbie Allen School of Dance, Dancesteps and Wicklow School of Dance. She also works in secondary schools, teaching dance as part of the Physical Education Curriculum, as well as choreographing for musicals. She is currently studying with the Royal Academy of Dance, and will complete the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2022.