Expressenz Owner and Director

Karla has been dancing since the early age of 3. Karla grew up dancing at Suzettes Masters of Dance, a national award winning studio in Shelby Twp. Michigan. There she won many awards at national competitions, including the Victory Cup in 2004.

Karla went on to continue her dance education at Butler University. She received her degree in Dance and Arts Administration in December 2007. While at Butler she participated in the Butler Ballet where she performed various roles in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, to name a few. At Butler, Karla received extensive training in classical ballet, Pointe, pas de deux, Laban movement analysis, choreography, dance history, jazz, and modern.

Karla has trained with renowned dancers and choreographers from around the world including Irina Kolpakova (Kirov Ballet), Amanda McKerrow (ABT), John Gardner (ABT), Cornelia Sampson (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), and Dee Caspry, to name a few. Karla also worked and traveled with Starpower Talent Competition as a Power Pak Team Leader, and assisted well known choreographers and dancers such as Ray Leeper in Orlando, Florida and Ocean City, Maryland. Karla has also traveled as a master class teacher for studios across the country.

Karla has been teaching and choreographing for 10 years. Her students have won numerous regional and national competitions along with many national titles and overall awards. Expressenz Dance Center has been ranked the top 10 studio in the region by the FDC, qualified and competed at the World Dance Championship series in Dallas, Texas, and is one of the top competition studios in the Indianapolis area. Karla has also choreographed locally for Park Tudor’s Showchoir and the Brebeuf Dance Team. Some of Karla’s students have gone on to pursue dance careers at Butler University, Ball State University, Florida State University, and Indiana University.

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