About

Karen Louise Pratt

Karen is a Suffolk based Dance Artist specialising in contemporary and community dance. She trained at Roehampton University where she gained a BA (hons) in Dance Studies. Karen went on to complete a PGCE at University Campus Suffolk in 2014 and has worked in a range of educational settings in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

She is currently teaching her own classes Stow Movers and Hadleigh Movers, movement classes for 55+ years, and her youth company Karen Louise Youth Dance which all run weekly.

Alongside regular delivery, Karen has taught on many exciting projects including:
Big Dance 2016 (in conjunction with Akram Khan & People Dancing)
-Big Dance Workshops 2016 (in conjunction with Anna Rowe Dance)
-7 Schools 1 Town 2017 (DanceEast & Gecko Theatre)
-The Inkwell 2017 including Arts Award (DanceEast)
-KLD & Yodanga Arts Summer School 2018 & 2019
-Hadleigh Hullabaloo 2019 (DanceEast)

Dance From Home 2020 – Present (DanceEast)
-Tell Your Story Project 2022 (ICEP & St Pancras Primary School)
-Jubilant! 2022 (The Food Museum, Mendlesham Primary School & John Peel Centre)

In 2018 Karen worked as Producer for Ipswich Choral Society on a large-scale community project commemorating WW1; Ipswich Remembers. She continues to enjoy these Producer roles and has produced several KLD projects in 2020.

Most recently Karen works for Dance Network Association in Essex as their Dance Development Officer. She runs and delivers on programmes such as their Youth Company, Dancing with Dementia, RE:Generation Colchester and their Dancing with Parkinson’s classes.

Karen was part of the 17/18 cohort for Overture, a professional development opportunity with ReBourne. She was 1 of 16 UK Dance Artists that took part in four residential weekends. She has also recently completed a Dementia Care Mapping course through Bradford Universirty supported by DanceEast, and also was a part of the Emerging Leaders programme with National Centre for Writing.

Karen is also a keen performer, and has been a member of Kinetica Dance Collective (formerly Dance Unlimited), a performance group in Suffolk, for seven years now, and performs regularly in East Anglia.

Collaborators

Anna Rowe
Dance Artist

Anna is a Suffolk based Dance Artist who trained in Performing Arts and Dance, completing a first class honours degree in Dance at UCS, where she studied Contemporary dance, physical theatre and South Asian Dance. Anna has 13 years experience delivering dance workshops and co-ordinating projects in schools across Suffolk. She works as a freelance Dance Artist bringing creative contemporary dance workshops, choreography and performance to local communities. She enjoys working with a variety of ages and abilities and currently works at Northgate Sixth Form and DanceEast.

Ola Rabinovich
Support Artist – StowMovers

Ola was born in Moscow and grew up in Tel Aviv. She came to Britain in 2003 and settled in Cambridge. She worked as an Art Psychotherapist for almost 20 years before becoming a full time writer.
Ola published two novels, in Hebrew, and is now writing her first novel in English with the support of the Arts Council funding.
She has been dancing since the age of 6 and she attends contemporary dance classes in Cambridge with Catherine Middleton.
She is married with two grown up children. Her daughter Bar is a choreographer and director of a dance group called Sababa Co.

Louise
Support Artist – Hadleigh Movers

Louise has over 15 years of experience within the health and fitness industry. She is a qualified personal trainer sports coach and has worked within the NHS as a Health improvement specialist, working with children & adults.

Amy Mallett
Composer

Amy has been performing and writing music since childhood; skills honed studying music at degree and masters levels. She has recently finished her PhD thesis on composing music for musical theatre.
She lives in Suffolk and works as a freelance musician, composer and educator across both corporate and educational sectors and has worked for several examination boards as a quality regulator, moderator and examiner.
Amy is currently Associate Musician for English National Ballet’s Dance For Parkinsons programme and Musical Director for Unscene Suffolk, a theatre company for adults with visual impairment.

Beth Fisher
Dance Artist and Teaching Assistant

Beth is a Suffolk based dancer and aspiring teacher who trained in Dance Performance at Middlesex University. At Middlesex, Beth trained in contemporary techniques such as Humphrey, Graham, Release and Cunningham as well as Ballet.
Beth is to keen to develop her teaching experience among all ages and abilities and is currently working towards Level 6 BBO Dance teaching qualification.

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