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“SAMSARA the circle of life" (Premiere)

Choreographer, Karen Peterson Corash, will create a new multimedia physically integrated dance work, for eight dancers and three children, entitled SAMSARA, with long time video collaborator, Maria Lino. The full-length work, based on disability, family dynamics, and generational lineage comes from the Sanskrit/Pali word meaning the "cyclicality of all life, matter, existence."  SAMSARA is the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound and traces the life journey. 


This will mark the fifth dance video collaboration that Ms. Lino and Ms. Peterson-Corash have developed together, from initial idea to finish product.


The premier will take place at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On.Stage Black Box, 2901 West Flagler, on February 18 and 19, 2022 at 8PM.


Also on the program:


A multi-media solo by choreographer by Marc Brew, performed by Jesus Vidal

Remember When is an intimate solo performance that was re-staged for the Forward Motion Three Festival with a prelude screening of a short dance film behind the performer exploring the idea of perception – looking from past to present.


Tickets will be made available on the MDCA website after February 1, 2021.


General Tickets $25.
Students and Seniors $20.


For more information contact:
Monica Lynne Herrera at

Karen Peterson Corash wins 2022 Alumni Award

Dear Karen,

On behalf of Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, I congratulate you for being selected as a 2022 Alumni Achievement Award recipient. The Berklee Alumni Achievement Awards honor the best of Berklee, and winners are chosen as a result of a juried process involving a list of hundreds of our most notable alumni. We are thrilled to celebrate you and your many contributions to society, the dance industry and beyond.

Through the years, we have had the privilege to present awards to numerous alumni representing both the College and the Conservatory, including Alf Clausen ’66, Alan Silvestri ’70, Lily Afshar ’81, Abraham Laboriel Sr. ’72, John Scofield ’73, Victoria Livengood ’85, Tommy Campbell ’79, Branford Marsalis ’80, Juan Luis Guerra ’82, Susan Tedeschi ‘91, Danilo Pérez ’88, Junko Onishi ’89, and Lalah Hathaway ’90, to name a few. This year, we are honored to add your name to such an eminent list of alumni industry leaders. 

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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).