Miss Karen, Miss Karen, former Miss New York State Dance Olympics winner, has a deep passion for dance that has inspired many young dancers through her stellar performing and teaching. Miss Karen seized the barre at the early age of three, under her mother’s tutelage at Miss Doreen’s School of Dance (now Miss Karen’s School of Dance). Upon entering her first dance competition at age five, Miss Karen dazzled the judges to win “Highest Overall Score, Tiny Dancer” with her soulful solo “Proud Mary.” Since then, Miss Karen has won numerous titles and awards as a competitor and teacher and has performed professionally with the Buffalo Jills and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (in NYC). She has also generously applied her expertise as a judge herself for numerous dance competitions and pageants. Miss Karen learned from the masters: Debbie Allen, Gus Giordoano, Beverly Fletcher, and Gemsie DeLap (assistant to Miss Agnes DeMille). Although her first love is dance, Miss Karen has also made appearances as a spokesmodel for local and regional businesses. Miss Karen has instilled her love of dance and desire to succeed in students of all ages and abilities. She truly believes that everyone should be “In It to Win.” The pursuit of excellence drives her to continually push herself and her students; there is no 2nd place in life! Miss Karen’s three Competitive Dance Teams, The Dazzlers, The Sparklers, and The Lil’ Twinklers, participate in regional and national competitions every year and are regularly featured as performers in the Kiwanis Club’s Labor Day Parade and the Festival of Lights in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. You might think that the prestige and success Miss Karen has experienced as a competitive dancer, teacher, and judge would cause her to “rest on her laurels.” Not when there is so much dancing to do! Miss Karen works tirelessly to make sure her students have the same success and experiences of winning that she has had. She is In It to Win, and hopes you will join her!

Miss Karol started as a student at Miss Doreen’s, dancing her way to the role of assistant teacher at Miss Karen’s School of Dance! Outside of dancing, her hobbies include listening to music, romantic comedy films, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets. Everything she knows about dance she’s learned from Miss Karen and Miss Doreen, and she is honored to be a part of the Miss Karen’s family! She is always In It to Win!