Karen is currently a dance practitioner/ researcher/ educator. She works for the University of Wolverhampton as a Dance Lecturer and at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University, as a Research Assistant on the Invisible Difference project. Karen is also working on artistic projects, supported by Arts Council England, collaborating with other art forms, such as neuroscience, fine art, lighting design and music were she creates and performs in dance pieces for traditional and non-traditional spaces. Her current project, the Stream Project, is a collaboration between dance, neuroscience and technology and has so far produced a series of works including a live performance, a dance film (shown at Lightmoves Festival of Screendance, Ireland) and an installation at FACT, Liverpool.
She has a keen interest in the inclusive training of young dancers and, in particular, how supplementary training helps to improve dancers' knowledge of their body and improve performance. She consults on the Centre for Advanced Training Programme at the Lowry Theatre, Salford and had regularly taught on and help set up the programme from its inception. She obtained her MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban, London in 2006 and completed her PhD, funded by an AHRC studentship, at the University of Manchester.