Karen Peterson and Dancers Partners with Renowned Dance Companies to Launch Nationwide Performance Festival
KPD, Dancing Wheels and Heidi Latsky Dance, completed a nationwide performance festival tour entitled “Beyond Barriers, Boundaries & Belief!” in June 2022 from Cleveland, Ohio, at the Allen Theatre, to Brooklyn, NYC at the Mark Morris Space culminating in Miami, FL at the Miami Light Box. The physically integrated dance artists shared their performances and teachings in three cities across the country to enthusiastic and engaged audiences. Produced by Mary Verdi-Fletcher of Dancing Wheels, “the field is growing and there is a plethora of talent that deserves exposure and support…. The time is now to seize the opportunity to tour”
During 2020-2022, KPD created “Lost and Found” a dance created for the Naples Botanical Gardens and the Pinecrest Garden’s Amphitheatre which eventually was performed at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium for the Forward Motion Dance Three Festival. “Samsara: The Circle of Life” was created for eight physically integrated dancers with collaborator Maria Lino as a multi-media piece inspired by family, parenting and generational stories.
In total, KPD performed at 15 events for Miami Dance Futures, for Miami Dance Hub, for Naples and Pinecrest Gardens, for Jackson Hospital Christine Lynn Rehabilitation Center, for Miami Beach Pride at Lummus Park, for National Water Dance, for the Hialeah Sr. High School for Miami Dade's Youth Arts, at Miami Light Box as part of the NEA funded Physically Integrated National Touring Project with Dancing Wheels, Cleveland, Ohio and Heidi Latsky Dance, NYC.
Inspiring Miami's Teens with Special Needs During our 8-Week Residency with Miami-Dade Public Schools
We're so proud to have hosted a slew of classes and workshops as part of our eight-week residency with Miami-Dade Public Schools, including Cutler Bay Middle School, Miami Palmetto Senior High School and Hialeah Senior High School.
Inspiring teen students with special needs through the dance arts is a mission we consider most valuable among our objectives. To support these students in creating their own work is one of the most important things we do as a dance company. Their performance at Hialeah Senior High School Auditorium was fantastic with over 150 teens in the audience and 60 teens with special needs performing. We can't wait to do it again!
Karen Peterson Honored at Berklee College with Alumni Acheivement Award for Lifetime Arts Contributions to Society and Dance
This past March 2022, KPD Artistic Director Karen Peterson-Corash was chosen as a Boston Conservatory at Berklee Alumni Achievement Awards winner for her “lifetime arts contributions to society and the dance industry." At the awards ceremony at Berklee College, she spoke about her journey in the physically integrated dance field, detailed how she mentored young dance students on a selected educational panel session, and audiotaped her oral history for archival and podcast purposes.
Breakfast with the Dean of Dance and a tour of the new music and dance studios rounded out the weekend of nostalgia and accolades with six distinguished artists in the field. What an honor!
Taking Pride in Supporting the LGBTQ Community
We made our debut at the Miami Beach Pride Festival 2022 at the Beyond Limits Community Stage at Lummus Park when we performed excerpts from our favorite pieces, the work we've created in the past 30 years. These works have helped to redefine the vocabulary and boundaries of dance by presenting inclusive, meaningful movement.
Miami Beach Pride is a multi-day celebration of arts and culture including an incredible 2-day Festival and Parade, featuring special events, family-friendly community activations, social mixers and world-class entertainment. MBP is the leading LGBTQ+ cultural arts organization in South Florida regularly attracting 170K + attendees, and we're so proud to have been part of MB Pride 2022!
We're grateful for our supporters!
Support for Karen Peterson and Dancers and this performance comes from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Miami Foundation, Citizens Interested in the Arts, SouthArts, The Children's Trust, WLRN, and other private donors.
KAREN PETERSON & DANCERS
Karen Peterson and Dancers was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to the development, education, and presentation of physically integrated dance and has brought together dancers with diverse abilities as a role models for the dance and disability communities for thirty years. The organization has presented an annual season of new work at multiple venues throughout South Florida and has invited hundreds of dance artists to be part of the company’s creative and inclusive performance process. The troupe has performed nationally, at festivals in New York to Washington, D.C., and performed in nine countries overseas, including Brazil, Spain, Ireland, Serbia, Guatemala City, and Portugal. In honor of her work, Ms. Peterson has received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New World School of the Arts, a Bank of America “Cultural Award” from the American Red Cross, and a “Queen of the Arts” Award from the Miami Herald. In 2019, the company was named “Best Dance Company” in Miami by the New Times and received the 2017 Boston Conservatory Alumni Entrepreneurial Award to support the presentation of “Warmamas: a Performance” at the Judson Memorial Church, NYC. KPD has produced the annual international festival of physically integrated dance, “Forward Motion” in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 with the support from the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and has brought together leading PI dance companies from around the country, including Candoco. Kinetic Light, Heidi Latsky, Axis, Dancing Wheels and Full Radius. Karen is a 2022 recipient of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music Alumni Achievement Awards for her “dedicated work in the field and contributions to society”
and was invited to be part of a three-city NEA funded tour
“Beyond Barriers, Boundaries and Beliefs” with Dancing and Wheels and Heidi Latsky Dance in June 2022 in Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Miami. KPD has also sustained ongoing educational and training workshops in the Miami-Dade Schools since 2006 working with over 5000 teens with special needs. Reviews of the KPD: “A high artistic level for contemporary dance” (El Nuevo Herald), “One of Miami’s cultural treasures” (Miami New Times), “A tour de force, an exquisite and inquisitive look at mixed ability dance…innovative and meaningful", "10 great moments in Miami Dance - special, defining, unrepeatable of the year 2017" (The Miami Herald).