Dance Theatre of Harlem

DTH On Demand: LIVE Open Class

Tips and Advice for Training En Pointe Class
Special Guest Instructor
Karen Brown

Legendary Ballerina Karen Brown’s Tips and Advice for Training En Pointe class is for all dancers interested in learning how to develop strength and stamina for training en pointe. The class will explain how to sew, tie and care for your pointe shoes. Learn how to warm up and improve your ankle and foot strength. Basic barre combinations and simple pointe combinations in the center will be reviewed and demonstrated. All levels welcome! Watch the class replay on YouTube.

Karen Brown spent twenty-two years as a Principal Ballerina, featured artist, master teacher and lecturer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of DTH founder, Arthur Mitchell. From the inception of DTH’s Kennedy Center Community Outreach Residency in Washington, D.C. she was a master teacher and adjudicator for the ground breaking and innovative community-focused program. Ms. Brown’s immediate transition from active performer with DTH was as Director of Education at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Her background as a master teacher includes classes and workshops at colleges, universities and dance schools throughout Eastern and Western Europe, North and Central America, the Pacific Rim, Egypt, and South Africa. Ms. Brown is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 7. She earned a Certificate of Completion in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of the Vaganova Syllabus with John White in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is certified in Reinforced Motor Function for Ballet Application founded by Sean McLeod and has recently founded the En Pointe PlusSM Dance Mastery Institute offering coaching sessions for dancers utilizing new computerized motion analysis technology. Prior to joining the University of the Arts (UARTS) in Philadelphia as Assistant Professor of Dance (2007 – 2013), Brown served for six years as Artistic Director of Oakland Ballet Company in California (2000 – 2006). In 2011, she earned The NY Dance and Performance Award, AKA “The Bessie” Award for SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE as a company member with Paradigm, Dance Legends in Concert (NYC). She has been an Executive Director for Garth Fagan Dance in Rochester, NY and a Guest Artistic Director of Ballet Wichita in Wichita, KS. In 2018, Ms. Brown received a Harriet Tubman Freedom Award in NY.

Feel free to connect with Karen Brown on social media and ask any questions about her online classes and workshops. Like Ms. Brown on Facebook and tag her on Instagram for a free copy of her “11 Common Dance Injuries and How to Avoid Them”.

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