Karen Gravely began her dance training at the age of three under Aline Martin at the Martinique School of Dance in Richmond, where she returned as an adult under the direction of Shannon Martin Howell. Karen continued her training and inspired and instructed dancers of all ages in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and lyrical until the closing of the school in May 2010. She has studied dance at Virginia Commonwealth University, Tidewater Academy of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and the Richmond Ballet Adult Program. Karen’s performing career has included the Richmond Ballet, Richmond Ballet Contemporary, Concert Ballet of Virginia, Norfolk Ballet and Ballet Petit. She performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. She has served in various capacities with these companies to include Ballet Mistress, Head of Repertory, Principal dancer, Choreographer, Assistant Choreographer and Instructor and has numerous choreographic efforts to her credit. Karen has been an instructor at Dance Xplosion for the past four years primarily as the ballet and pointe instructor and choreographed and worked with the competition team. Karen is thrilled to join Genia Johnson Dance Company, is very grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to this new adventure spreading the love of dance to more wonderful students!!