Karen Camp began her dance studies in Western New York as a preschooler. A student of tap, jazz, ballet & modern dance, she participated in pageants & competitions, countless workshops and unlimited events and ceremonies. She has taught classes as a guest artist at Tapestry High School in Buffalo N.Y., the Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts and the Children & Youth Dance Theatre in Toronto. Her additional teaching credits include substitute teaching at Tapestry School K-12, an afterschool Creative Dance Instructor for Pinnacle Charter School, the Willie Hutch Jones Education & Sports Program, and the Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.
Karen received her bachelors degree from SUNY Empire State College. Her combined education and 25 years of teaching experience allow her to enrich students through developing technique, group learning activities and experimentation in the classroom. In addition to the training she received in Western New York, she has studied at the notable 92nd Street YMCA under renowned dance educator & author Tina Curran, and dance educator Ann Biddle, founder of Stories in Motion - aprogram based on the nationally acclaimed Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) model of creative dance for children. Karen has also attended workshops sponsored by the National Dance Education at SUNY Brockport under visiting professor, Bill Evans.
Ms. Camp strives for a safe learning environment in her dance studio where her students can develop and enhance their diligent efforts through performance interpretation of music, ranging from classical to liturgical. Along with THE DANCE CAMP, she is the grades 6-12 intructor of dance at Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, N.Y. All of her students are encouraged to participate, assist and respect everyone while working as a team to present themselves in public with confidence. These are skills that will last a lifetime! In September 2015 she was recognized by the New York State Dance Education Association by receiving their "Thumbs Up" acknowledgement for her work in dance. Karen also attends workshops, volunteers in other learning environments, holds memberships with dance and arts organizations, and is a board member for Young Audiences of Western New York and the New York State Dance Education Association.
"One purpose for me on this planet, is to compose works of the human body in a dance context, and serve as an educator in the arts. Elements and principles such as texture, shape, tone and rhythm aren't just for music or sculpture, they also permeate through a movement piece. And when I serve my purpose I become the servant, and inside I feel free." ~Karen Camp