Karen Schupp

Karen Schupp (Tempe, AZ) began dancing at the age of four at a local dance studio in Niagara Falls, NY. During her childhood, Karen extensively studied tap, jazz and ballet and had the opportunity to work with legendary dancers such as Beverly Fletcher, Gemsy DeLap and artists from the Stutgartt Ballet Company. Karen received a BA in Dance Performance and Education from SUNY at Buffalo (UB), where she was a Performing and Creative Arts Honors Scholar. During her last semester at UB, Karen was a student in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Cetner's USIS program. Karen continued her dance training as a scholarship student at both Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. After leaving New York, Karen pursued her MFA at Arizona State University, where she was a Teaching Assistant, scholarship student and was named the Outstanding Graduate Student by the Department of Dance upon graduation.

Professionally, Karen has received recognition as a performer, choreographer, educator and scholar. Her own creative work ranges from self-portraits to collaborative and site-specific group works that emphasize a high sense of craft, intuitive logic and athleticism. Her work has been performed regionally in venues such as the Experimental Arts Festival, Rising (Brooklyn, NY), and the Big Range Dance Festival (Houston, TX), as well as in India at the Attakkalari India Biennial. Her work Earth Measure was selected for the American College Dance Festival's National Gala in 2008. Karen has performed with choreographers and companies including Victoria Marks, Mary Fitzgerald, Fred Darsow, and A Ludwig Dance Theater. Her performance in Marks' Against Ending was recognized with a Horton Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a 2010 Artist Project Grant recipient, an award funded through the NEA and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Photos by Tim Trumble