AS OF 1/17/2018


Karen Peterson Corash

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dance Artist

Karen a graduate of the Boston Conservatory has received many awards from Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs for her physically integrated choreography. She has created over twenty-five works that have been presented in New York City, Atlanta, Cleveland, Brazil, Italy, Scotland, Bosnia, Serbia, Guatemala, Montenegro and Ireland. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the New World School of the Arts and also a Coldwell Banker’s Cares Award, Citizens Interested in the Arts Award, Cultural Exchange Award from APAP, a Knight Foundation Challenge Award, American Red Cross-Cultural Award, an Autism Speaks Award and was named one of the “Queen of the Arts” by the Miami Herald 2014. She has influenced the dance and disability communities in South Florida for 30 years with her dedicated activities of education, creation and presentation of inclusive dance. She received the 2019 Boston Conservatory at Berklee Alumni Entrepreneurial Award for the presentation of “Warmamas” at the Judson Memorial Church, NYC. She is also a Miami-Dade County, Dance Miami Choreographers' (DMC) Program Winner for 2019 - 2020.

Ximena Castillo England

Teaching Artist

​​Ximena was born in Los Andes Chile; she began dancing as a child with her mother who was a dance instructor. Ximena earned her BA in Arts at The University of Chile, 1989. She began her professional dance career before graduation and was the assistant professor of dance at Ballet Folklorico of Chile. Ximena moved to Miami with her husband where she worked as an aerobic, yoga and Pilates instructor at Bally's Total Fitness. She began working as a ballet teacher at gymnastics wizard studios between 2007 and 2011. She began a full-time position at new image dance studio, where she worked with juniors and beginners.   During her first summer with new image she was the facilitator for the summer camp at Dave and Mary Alper Jewish community center. Her participation in the camp featured dance therapy for autistic children.  Ximena recently returned from Croatia where she performs traditional Chilean folk dance to the public as well as Croatian officials. The trip was arranged through Ximena's dance company, Altura and at the request of the Chilean ambassador to Croatia. It is more than clear that Ximena is dedicated to teaching and carrying the message of dance in its many forms to everyone.

Katie Brennan

Dance Artist

Katherine began dancing at the age of eight in Kansas City where she later performed with 940 Dance Company, City in Motion, and Gurukul Indian Dance Company. She spent a season as an associate artist with Core Project Chicago before moving to NYC where she completed dance therapy post-graduate work and performed with Kinesis Project Dance Theater. In Miami, Katherine has performed with NWD projects, Momentum, and KPD with whom she has created original roles in “Warmamas” and “Untold Stories”. In summer 2019, she collaborated with Minneapolis-based choreographer Non Edwards in the Right Here Showcase and also performed with Step Change Studios as part of the Miami / London International Cultural Exchange project in London for the National Theatre Summer Stage performances.

Shawn Buller

Dance Artist

Shawn joined KPD in the fall of 2006 and has created many original roles in the KPD repertory. She has participated in four “danceable” workshops one of which included a performance with Axis Dance Company at the Colony Theatre in January 2012. She has traveled widely with KPD, to Belgrade for “The Off-Frame Festival” in 2015; to Lisbon, Portugal in 2016 and to London, England in 2018 to participate in a weeklong Candoco dance workshop. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Therapy and has retired from the Miami VA Medical Center after working 27 years as a full-time Music Therapist. She performed in both 2018 and 2019 Forward Motion Festivals.

Alexis Jose Martinez

Dance Artist

Alexis was born in South Florida and raised with adrenaline and respect. An unfortunate accident broke his back and now he lives to show what he can still do and to learn more of life. He is currently enrolled in Miami Dade College and created his first original role in “Untold Stories” for the second annual Forward Motion Dance Festival in September 2019.

Oscar Trujillo

Dance Artist

Oscar’s career in dance and movement education has taken him to New York, San Francisco and Miami. Now a practicing yoga teacher, somatic coach and massage therapist, he performs with Karen Peterson and Dancers, NWD Projects and Randolph Ward. Oscar teaches theatre, yoga and dance to students of all ages and abilities. His performance credits include Maija Garcia/Organic Magnetics, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Capacitor, Ramon Ramos Alayo, Richard Gonzalez and Alicia Ohs. Oscar has created original roles in “Warmamas” and “Untold Stories” and performed with Candoco Dance company as part of the Miami / London International Cultural Exchange project at the Miami Light Box for the first Forward Motion Dance Festival, September 2018. He is excited to present "Circle 3", his first choreographic project with KPD as part of KPD’s 30th Anniversary event in April 2020.

Katrina Weaver

Dance Artist

Katrina received a BA in dance from Florida International University. This is her sixth season with the company. As a company member she has served, as a team teacher with the Youth in Education Program serving special needs students in Dade County schools and also traveled to Trebinje, Bosnia in 2010 to teach and perform. She premiered her solo work Square 1 in the KPD 2014 season and also presented her solo work in Guatemala City. She is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and Tae Bo certified kickboxing instructor. She also taught in Sarajevo, Bosnia with Ms. Peterson in May 2013 and assisted Karen in Belgrade in May 2013. She performed with Hajde Da, Belgrade’s leading mixed-ability company at KPD’s 25th Anniversary ​concert on May 14, 15th 2015 at the Miami Dade County Auditorium​ and was a lead choreographer on the development of SCRUTINY - performed May 2017.​

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