Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Children’s Company Director

Karen is the founding Director of the Children’s Company. Growing up in Saudi Arabia and Europe, Karen began her studies in the tradition of the Royal Danish Ballet. Upon returning to the United States, she joined the ranks of the feeder school of the Tampa Ballet and at age fourteen began dancing with the Company. In Tampa, she danced under the tutelage of the notable Edward Villela and modern dance pioneers Ted Shawn and Myra Kinch. She holds a B.A. degree from Florida State University where she danced with Carol Lee and Maria de Baroncelli of La Scala. After completing her degree, Karen entered the University of Cincinnati Conservatory under Oleg Sabline and David MacClean. In 1974, she helped to establish the Chattanooga Center for the Dance, now Chattanooga Ballet. Karen has danced roles in classical ballets including Swan Lake, Coppelia, Les Sylphide and Sleeping Beauty. She also served as Vice President East of the Tennessee Association of Dance; and, continues to serve the community as the instructor of dance at the Baylor School.

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