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)

Dance Rio KDA 2016 (Jennifer Irons with DNA)
7 Schools 1 Town 2017 (DanceEast & Gecko Theatre)
The Inkwell 2017 including Arts Award (DanceEast)
Summer Schools 2017 & 2018 including Arts Award (DanceEast)
Summer Schools 2017 – Creative Dance (Angela Rowe School of Dance)
KLD & Yodanga Arts Summer School 2018 & 2019
Hadleigh Hullabaloo 2019 (DanceEast)

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 ‘Dance Station’, after school clubs, Dance with Dementia and their Dance For Parkinson’s classes.

Karen was part of the 17/18 cohort for Overture, a professional development opportunity from Matthew Bourne’s ReBourne branch of the company. She was 1 of 16 UK Dance Artists that took part in four residential weekends. Karen is also a keen performer, and has been a member of Dance East’s Performance group ‘Dance Unlimited’ for five 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.

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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