Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC



We provide tuition in many dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Streetdance, Musical Theatre, Theatre Craft, Jazz, Acrobatic Arts, Drama, Singing, Break Dance as well as offering classes for children and adults with special physical or educational needs. We also work with Schools, Nurseries and Children's Centres to provide GCSE Dance, dan sessions or days as well as running After School Clubs.

Address Details

3-5 Old Pioneer Building
Alma Street / Rochdale Road

OL13 9NZ

Contact Details

Telephone: 01706 559671

Email Address:karen@dansworks.co.uk

Website Address

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Background Information

Fellow IDTA (BT; MJ; F); LIDTA (T; TC); AUKA; RAD mutually recognised teacher. Karen is Dansworks’ Principal and the star around which we all revolve; without her, nothing we do would be possible. Karen began her dance training at the sprightly age of 3 and quickly gained many qualifications with both the RAD and IDTA in the disciplines of Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, National Dance, Character, Song and Dance (Musical Theatre), Greek, Ballroom and Latin. A keen dancer throughout her childhood, Karen also competed with much success in many dance festivals and championships around the UK, and starred in various musical productions to boot. At the age of 16, Karen was accepted into the prestigious Northern Ballet School in Manchester, where she began full-time training to become a professional dancer. Whilst there, she gained several professional qualifications and studied Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Singing, Drama and National Dance at an advanced level. At 18, Karen’s career as a professional dancer was secured and she went on to work with large touring shows and smaller dance troupes all over the world, including Mexico, Italy, Switzerland and around the UK. In 1988, Karen began her dance teaching career, teaching RAD Ballet and IDTA, NATD and UKA grades and medals in Tap, Modern Jazz, Irish, National and Character, whilst also choreographing solos and groups for dance festivals, shows and local amateur theatre groups. During this time, Karen also spent 3 years working full-time in Tor View Special Needs School and gained many skills that she now utilises daily in her dance teaching classes. After a 3 year break, the unhappy result of a prolonged serious illness, Karen was keen to return to the world of dance, and in 2008 she was incredibly proud to launch Dansworks Dance Academy. Since this time, Karen has continued her professional development and has undertaken advanced teaching courses in Break Dance, Street Dance, Acrobatic Arts & Dance and Disability. Karen takes her professional development seriously and always pursues perfection; she has consistently achieved a 90% or above pass rate in all her teaching exams and has recently attained Fellowship status in more than one genre with the IDTA. In the coming years, Karen intends to continue passing her professional qualifications with flying colours, as she works towards achieving Examiner status with IDTA.