2012 Fort McMurray Today "Proud to be Canadian"



Born and raised in Dundee, New-Brunswick, Karen studied Ballet, Jazz and Tap at the tender age of 7. She began participating in various artistic programs including stage performances in dance and theatre.

Her Belly Dancing career began in 1998 with Shams (Denise Paradis) In 2000, dedicated and passionate about sharing the art of Belly Dance, in Quebec City, and with the support of her intructor Karen started her own Belly Dance Academy.


In her spare time, Karen also did self-improvement style and discovery workshops.


Karen’s Dance Instructors

Daliah Carella (NY) 1998 and 2012, Delilah (Seattle), Mahmoud Reda (Egypt) Yousry Sharif (Egypt, NY), Fathiem (FL), Morocco (NY), Katia (Boston), Nourhan Sharif (NY) 1998 and 2012, Raquia Hassan (Egypt), Hadia (Mtl). Aziza (Mtl), Fatima Al Wahid (CA), Jamilah Al Wahid (CA), Leila Haddad (Paris), Sadie Marquat (USA),Helena Vlados (USA)


In 2004 she hosted her first workshop featuring Egypt's Ambassador of Rhythm and the world's leading name in Egyptian dance music HOSSAM RAMZY & SERENA.


2007 Karen re-located to Fort McMurray and successfully re-established her Academy with studio on location at Harris Crescent. Her numerous students are taught Egyptian/Lebanese/Turkish Cabaret, Oriental Gypsy, Turkish Rom, Bollywood, Balkan and Tribal and the use of different accessories.



Since 2011, Karen has been an active member of the Alberta Culture Network and Alberta Culture Days action team, both city mandated groups


Karen is now  a MEMBER of the CID-INTERNATIONAL DANCE COUNCIL, for her body of work and can now offer certification to her students for their studies in Middle Eastern and North African style of dances


CID is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.

Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in 155 countries.



2013/2012 Radio Canada Interview (French)

2013 Fort McMurray Today "Fort McMurray Health Region Fundraiser: Morocco"

2013 Fort McMurray Today "Canada Day Celebration"

2012 Fort McMurray Today "Proud to be Canadian"

2012 Fort McMurray Today "South Asian Fest Inter-cultural Friendship"

2011 Fort McMurray Today "Heritage Days Celebration Culture"

2011 Connect "… in the City, "Life, Music and Beauty"

2011 Radio Canada Alberta Interview (French)

2008 Connect "Local Ladies Night Showcase Hit"

2007 Connect "Getting Hip with Belly Dance"

2007 Fort McMurray Today "Making a Difference"



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