Karena has an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University with a focus on performance, notation, history, and pedagogy. She performs with Catherine Cabeen and Company and Redd Legg Dance, teaches dance at Bainbridge Dance Center and the University of Washington Bothell, and sets historical dance works from their notation scores for groups including the University of Washington Chamber Dance Company. Her early training was at the Cornish Preparatory Program, Richmond Ballet, and the University of Washington. She has danced professionally with the Colorado Ballet, Lehua Dance Theatre, ARC Dance, and oaklanDrive Dance Company. She has been privileged to dance works of many choreographers, including Trisha Brown, Anna Sokolow, Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Fanny Elssler, Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, and Hannah Wiley. She has taught at Cornish, Dance Fremont, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and The Ohio State University, among others.
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