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History of Karen Peterson & Dancers
International Cultural Exchange Projects (2001 – 2013)    Click Here to See BCM Article

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – three performances, two workshops (April 4-8, 2001)
Dancers:  Susan Sanborn, Vanessa Chamberlain, Carrie Trafton, Michelle Urrella, Jennifer Lofgreen
Director: Karen Peterson

  • Performances and Workshop for 500 Special needs clients:
  • Estacao Especial Da Lapa (Lapa Special School) - a State Government Facility for the disabled - gymnasium workshop and performance
  • Outdoor Rooftop Performance at Estudio Nova Dance – 100 audience members
  • Performance at Officina Cultural Oswald de Andrade small theatre– 75 audience members

***The dance company also attended a reception at the home of the Cultural Minister and took ballet and modern dance classes, as guests at various studios, throughout the city.

Two workshops, one performance (April 20 -25, 2002)
Dancers: John Beauregard, Pin Ling Lin, Tara York, Carla Gonzalez   
Assistant to Mr. Beauregard: Mary Kane
Director: Karen Peterson

  • Two workshops at the central therapy center in Bologna, attended by 75 special needs clients and their therapists from area rehabilitations facilities and special needs schools
  • One Performance at the Carpi Theatre attended by 500 audience members and local residents

Dancers: Letty Bassart, Jenny Llewellyn Jones, John Beauregard
Assistant to Mr. Beauregard: Mary Kane
Director/dancer: Karen Peterson
5 performances

  • At Garage Theatre, Venue 81 to an audience of 500 at the Edinburgh official site

Dancers: Letty Bassart, Jenny Llewellyn Jones, Enid Harum Alvarez, Karen Peterson
3 performances:

  • The 28th International Choreographers Showcase” : the XXII Marató de l’Espectacle in Barcelona on June 4, and two performances at Sala Cuarta Pared in Madrid on June 7, 8, 2005.

***photo documentation is available for events listed above
*** “mixed-ability” workshops and /or performances were associated with all
International Projects listed above – except Spain  - as requested by Producer

Dancers: Enid Harum Alvarez, John Beauregard, Jessica Pusceddu, Jennifer Smallwood, Erin St John, Shawn Buller, Karen Peterson
2 performances:

  • The 40th International Choreographers Showcase” at the Montenegrin National Theater in Podgorica.
  • Four day workshop at the Youth Disability Center followed by a community performance with Miami and Montenegrin Dancers.

TREBINJE, BOSNIA -  May 1-5, 2010
Dancers:  John Beauregard, Jennifer Smallwood, Katrina Weaver, Karen Peterson
5 day workshop followed by a community performance with 26 eastern European artists with and without disabilities
***photo documentation is available for events listed above
*** “mixed-ability” workshops and /or performances associated with all
International Projects listed above – (except Spain  - as requested by Presenter)

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA  and HEZEGOVINA-  May 17-25, 2012
Choreography set on four Balkan dancers, Zeljko Budmir, Lejla Muhic, Elma Selman and Miona Siskovic – Presenter ARS Performaars International (Olga Zulovic)
Public performance at the Sartre Theatre, Sarajevo – June 26, 2012

KAREN PETERSON DANCERS 23RD SEASON OF DANCE  with two guest dance artists from Sarajevo, Bosnia at the Miami Dade County Auditorium, On Stage Black Box, April 11,12th at 8PM 2013

BELGRADE, SERBIA – May 11-18, 2013; Karen Peterson and Katrina Weaver teach a seven day inclusive dance workshop a for “Grupa Hajde Da” followed by community performance

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – June 19- 23rd KPD will present a mixed-ability duet, with John Beauregard and Katrina Weaver, at "Danceforms' 62nd International Choreographers' Showcase" at the IX June Arts Festival in Guatemala City on June 21, 22, 2013. Ms Peterson will also offer a one-day workshop to the Walter Peter-Alas de Libertad group an inclusive dance company in Guatemala City.

BELGRADE, SERBIA – December 13-18 – “The Off Frame Festival”, Karen Peterson and Dancers perform at this prestigious festival (now in its 12th year) that addresses social and political contemporary issues.  Shawn Buller, John Beauregard, Katrina Weaver and Bernadette Salgado make the rigorous 14-hour flight for the 5-day festival.

Karen Peterson and Dancers with Dance Artists from Bosnia and Montenegro
Karen Peterson and Dancers with Dance Artists from Bosnia and Montenegro

Four Dance Artists perform Karen Peterson’s work “dance 4 4” at the Sarajevo War Theatre, May 2012.
Four Dance Artists perform Karen Peterson’s work “dance 4 4” at the Sarajevo War Theatre, May 2012

***photo documentation is available for events listed above
*** “mixed-ability” workshops and /or performances associated with all
International Projects listed above – (except Spain - as requested by Presenter)

"'Perfume de Gardenias' features a wheel chaired dancer, all innovative and accessible"-The Scottish Newspaper Daily Dance Reviews

"... an engaging blend of synchronicity and spontaneity"-The Miami Herald

“Mano a Mano is a tour de force, offering a more a more exquisite and inquisitive look at mixed ability dance”….. “innovative and meaningful”-Mia Leonin, Performance Journalism

"Karen Peterson and Dancers is redefining dance"-Joanne Green, Miami New Times

"this is a most interesting dance company and one that should attract attention of dance lovers; in the future buy a ticket", Marj O'Neil Butler for Miami ArtZine Magazine

"Buoyant Dreams was beautiful. It brought the concert up to a new level. Please tell your dancers how much they were admired"-Anna Preston, VSA Regional Coordinator for the Lyric Theatre, Stuart, Florida

"unconventional concepts of beauty, using two traditional dancers and two in wheelchairs
with recorded video"-Jordan Levin, The Miami Herald

"daring artistic challenge to society's notions of physical form and graceful movement"-ENZ Magazine

"Ms. Peterson has consistently performed outstanding work locally, statewide and nationally and made vital contributions to the field of accessibility to the cultural arts"
-Marion Winters, Executive Director, VSA Florida

Carlos Ochoa, Tom Olsen, Danielle Peloquin




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“Karen Peterson and Dancers is funded in part by: “the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge, helping bring South Florida together through the arts” by The Children's Trust. The Trust a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners, by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts." Supported in part by: Coldwell Bankers, The Mildred Pallas Levenson Dance Foundation, Miami Salon Group.  Citizens Interested in the Arts, the Whitten Foundation, CEP APAP Travel Award and Power2Give

Please contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Karen Peterson at karen@karenpetersondancers.org with any questions or concerns regarding performances or worksh