Karin J. Brown, Artistic Director, studio owner, dancer, dance instructor, choreographer and creator of the Dancin Babies program is a certified dance instructor in classical ballet, jazz, tap and theatrical arts. With well over twenty years of teaching experience, Karin enjoys teaching students of all ages, from mommy and me classes with the youngest at 18 months of age up to senior citizens. Karin discovered her love and passion for the dance arts at the age of five. She studied ballet exclusively during her elementary, middle school and high school years and upon graduation, attended Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, PA as a dance major in classical ballet, formally known as Point Park College. There she continued her classical ballet studies with the renowned Professor Nicolas Petrov, Ph.D, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and artistic director. She also had the privilege of studying with professors Douglas Bentz, contemporary jazz, Ron Tassone, tap and Judith Leifer, modern dance, plus dancing with the PPC Dance Company.
Karin continued her dance studies in a three year dance teacher's certification program and upon graduation taught at the Avalon Recreation Center, Avalon, NJ, Kays Dance Studio, Trevose, PA, Wanda Hamilton's School of Classical Ballet, Horsham, PA, Strick Leasing Co., Fairless Hills, PA, Living Well Lady, Langhorne, PA, Neshaminy High School's Adult Education, Langhorne, PA., Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre, Langhorne, PA., Workshops In Dance, Yardley, PA and most recently Makefield Elementary School, Yardley, PA.
To further her dance knowledge, Miss Karin studied dance in New York City and after successfully completing Dance Educators of America Dance Teachers Certification Program and passing the certification examination, she received her teaching diploma in July 1993. Having a membership with Dance Educators of America is a recognized distinction of proven ability and knowledge as a dance teacher and is governed by a code of strict professional ethics and it is with great pride that Ms. Brown is a member of Dance Educators of America. For Ms. Brown, the highlight of graduation day was attending the graduation ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and having Gelsey Kirkland, principal dancer of the NYC Ballet Company and Debbie Allen, actress, choreographer, television producer and director as honorary guests.
In New York City, Karin studied classical ballet with Alexander Filipov, Russian dancer, former classmate and friend of Mikael Baryshnikov. Mr. Filipov was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and heart throb of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and currently teaches at Steps, NYC. Ms. Brown also studied classical ballet with Henry Danton, a prominent and internationally known dancer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director from London, who performed with the International Ballet of London and Sadlers Wells Ballet. Mr. Danton was the Director of D.E.A. for 10 years. In addition, Karin trained with: Jo Rowan, Oklahoma University, David Howard, master teacher, NYC, Roni Mahler, former ballerina of American Ballet Theater, Ron DiVito, veteran Broadway performer of 42nd Street and original cast of Cats, "Rum Tum Tiger". Frank Hatchett from Broadway Dance Center, Luigi, the father of Modern Jazz who performed with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra and Gary Pate from Maryland, DEA Competition Chairman, DEA Board of Directors and founder of Star Power Competition. Phil Black an extraordinary teacher and choreographer of New York City, with film star students, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and John Travolta. For Jazz Dance, Gus and Nan Giordano, from Chicago, IL., and Frank Hatchet of Broadway Dance Center, NYC. For Tap Dance, Debbie Dee, tap dancing master and Sam Fiorella, both from Florida, plus Al Gilbert and Lynda Gache. Charles Kelly, Acrobatics, Janice Roston, Hip-Hop, Steven Boyd, Lyrical, Ann Marie Leo and Joan Lather, children's work, to name a few.
Karin also received her aerobic instructor certification from Bucks County Community College and N.D.E.I.T.A., the National Dance Educational Instructor Teaching Association certification from Chicago, IL. In addition, to keep abreast of the ever changing world of dance choreography, Karin attends national dance conventions throughout the United States. To name a few, Dance Educators of America, New York, Dance Olympus/Dance America, New York, and Dance Makers, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, Daytona, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ms. Brown's competitive dance teams have received multiple 1st place trophies with her award-winning choreography for the past fifteen years competing at Dance XPlosion, I Love Dance Talent Competition, Star Bound National Talent Competition, Star Systems National Talent Competition, NDS-National Dance Showcase Competition, Star Quest Dance Competition, Headliners Dance Competition, All American Talent Dance Competition and Sophisticated Productions Talent Competition. The dance teams have performed at Hershey Park, Hershey Pa, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ., Bucks County Park & Recreation ~ Falls Township, "National Night Out", The American Cancer Society, "Relay for Life", Bensalem, PA, Eleanor Roosevelt's "Spring Fair", Morrisville PA., New Jersey's "Wildwood" Boardwalk, The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sesame Place, Langhorne PA, Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem PA and the Philadelphia 76er's Pre-Game Performance Show.