Kari, international teacher and choreographer, is an accomplished artist trained in ballet jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater. She has an M.A. in Dance from Cal State Long Beach and has been an adjunct faculty member at several colleges, including Chapman University, Mt San Antonio College, Santa Ana College and Orange Coast College. For nearly a decade, Kari owned and directed Pulse Dance Troupe, a professional performance company comprised of up-and-coming hip hop dancers focused on artistic growth and positive expression. During that time, Kari also performed and choreographed for Culture Shock Los Angeles and the Madonna Grimes Dance Company. Currently, Kari is the Lead Adjudicator for Next Level Dance Competition which includes traveling nationally teaching and sharing her passion for dance.
Kari’s choreography has been showcased in a variety of commercial and theatrical arenas, including Carnival: A Choreographer’s Ball, the 2000 National Democratic Convention, IBM Corporate Events and industrials for Nike and Reebok. She has choreographed original pieces for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, the Clippers Spirit Team and dozens of competitive dance teams across the country. Kari’s resume is international, with credits in Italy, where her performance and choreography took first place in the Dance Grandprix Italia, all the way to Taipei, Taiwan and Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia as an Artist in Residence for the Cultural Convention of Dance. In 2014, Kari’s original work “Mad Men” was presented at the American College Dance Festival. The piece received high praise from the adjudicators and was invited to be performed in the GALA event at the festival.