As a Dance Educator, Dance Leader, Aritistic Director and Studio Director, Karen Andrew has guided and facilitated professional dancers, Adults, children and dance enthusiasts to higher knowledge of dance in it's multiple forms for over 15 years. Her extensive knowledge of numerous dance forms with a specific focus on Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre Dance, have given her students exceptional opportunites to expand their knowledge, experience tangible growth and see real results in their work.
Having taught thousands of students in multiple settings, she is known for her ability to speak to students drawing from her own professsional performing arts perspecitive and experiences and delivering information that can be applied directly and efficiently. See 'Testimonials' page.
As owner of Aurora Live Studios, Karen offered professional level training to adults and childrens of all ages for over six years. During this time, she cultivated desire and passion in both her adult and school age students and aimed for excellence in all aspects of the teaching process.
Over the course of the last 7 years, Karen has provided high quality, professional level dance training to children of all abilities in her own dance studio, public elementary schools, professional conferences and more. Passionate and deserving students with a desire to dance across the GTA have experienced the benefits of her knowledge, talent and compassionate teaching methods.
As a strong arts advocate, Karen takes pride in offering children who have a passion for learning, dance, and fun an opportunity to participate. With a strong belief that all children benefit from participating in professional programs that educate, provide structure and discipline and build confidence in their lives, Ms. Andrew currently operates and facilitates Dance, Music, and Movement programs in over six public and Catholic schools, colleges, and Day Care centers, along with specialized programming of her own.
Over the past ten years Ms. Andrew has also offered her skills as a Public Speaker, mentor, adjudicator and facilitator on numerous Dance committees, events, and conferences across North America.
Personalized coaching in various forms of body work including Facilitated Stretching and Pilates are also part of Ms. Andrew's passion. Her uniquely designed series of deep, breath connected, active stretching exercises dedicated to improving flexibility/mobility and increasing overall physical strength without equipment has been taught for the past five years with tremendous results.
Emphasis is placed on facilitated (assisted) stretching exercises designed to assist individuals of all fitness levels improve flexibility, improve mobility, improve posture, prevent injury, alleviate chronic pain in overused muscle groups, improve ones ability to relax, improve mood, and so much more.
Her Stott Pilates Training has also allowed her to gain access to more benefical body work techniques that she has since integrated into her personalized coaching practise.
Ms.Andrew's Private Professional Dance Coaching has allowed countelss students to grow in a 'one on one' atmosphere giving students greater opportunites to take chances and challenge themselves outside of a group class.
Whether professional dancers or just professional dance and movement enthusiasts, private coaching has allowed Ms. Andrew to effect change in indiduals more so than she had ever imagined. Audtions, special events, 'First Dances' for weddings, and more, Ms.Andrew's clients have recieved great benefits from personalized attention in persoanlized sessions.
With integrity and pride in her work, Ms. Andrew continues to cultivate passion and drive for herself and her students in every aspect of dance and fitness.