Karen McDonald
Modern Jazz

Karen McDonald has been teaching in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. She taught for five years at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Currently she is head of the dance department at LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) Gifted Student Program at Cal-State L.A. and also Associate Director of the dance department at Hamilton High School's Music Academy in West Los Angeles.

Ms. McDonald's Broadway show credits include Purlie, Two Gentleman of Verona, The Wiz and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies. In Los Angeles she has choreographed several shows including: Voices, Sing Out Street Gospel, and Show Girls which won an N.A.A.P.C. award for best musical. She was also Associate Choreographer and Assistant Director for Bigger Than Bubble Gum at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Broadway musicals Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, which was rewritten and remounted with a Los Angeles cast, and Jezebel, both productions were presented at the Vision Theatre.

Karen is also Artistic Director and Choreographer of the New-Age Dance Workshop. She has developed a unique and provocative modern-jazz technique that allows dancers to discover the power, healing qualities, creativity, and spiritual balance that dance brings to light in the artist. The New-Age Dance Workshop, founded by Ms. McDonald in 1985, is a company of spirited dancers that range in age as well as cultural diversity. There strength lies in their broad technical backgrounds as dancers, actors, and musicians. They are uncompromising in their style, passion, grace, and honor that they bring to the art of dance. When performing they share an awareness, harmony and energy that transforms them as well as their audiences.