30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
What do you do when you turn thirty and you are in the middle of a global pandemic? Some people might mourn the end of their youth, while others are excited about becoming full-fledged adults. Some would throw up their hands at a public health crisis that has stopped all live performances, while others would move full force into the virtual space. After having their original anniversary performances canceled this past spring due to COVID-19, Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) celebrated their own thirty years together and performed online in a virtual event. This virtual program allowed the dancers to safely perform and audiences to safely experience the performance.
Miami New Times
Best of Miami 2019
BEST DANCE COMPANY
In recognition of our studio's incredible talent, Miami New Times' Best of Miami has named Karen Peterson and Dancers 2019's Best Dance Company. Congratulations to our amazingly creative team. Thank you Miami New Times. It is a great honor.
KAREN PETERSON & DANCERS
Karen Peterson and Dancers was founded in1990 and is Florida’s leading company dedicated to integrating professional dancers and students with a range of physical abilities. They have presented an annual season of new work throughout South Florida and have presented their work nationally, from New York to Washington, D.C., and in nine countries, including Brazil, Spain, Ireland, Serbia, Italy, Montenegro 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. The organization also received a 2011 Knight Foundation Award to support inclusive dance in the Miami Dade Schools, a 2017-2019 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant and a 2018 and 2019 NEA Grant to support “Forward Motion” Miami’s annual festival of physically integrated dance. KPD has also sustained ongoing educational and training workshops including working with over 4,000 teens with special needs since 2006. 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).