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Karen Peterson and Dancers
, founded in 1990 as a non for profit dance organization, presents excellence in dance through its quality based programs, community performances and educational workshops. The organization commissions and produces the work of dance artists with and without disabilities, promotes and supports international cultural exchange and provides rehearsal rentals and performance opportunities at their home Excello, established in 2002.

Karen Peterson and Dancers' program features adult dancers with and without disabilities who create and perform "mixed-ability" dance as an inclusive art form on a year round basis. The dancers collaborate, research and integrate their personal movement styles and discover an innovative dance language for choreography. The troupe provides a positive role model for the disability community and offers new visual inspiration for traditional dance audiences.

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of
Karen Peterson & Dancers Throughout 2014 - 2015

Internationally Acclaimed as One of America's
Leading Mixed Abilities Dance Companies.
Join us as we also honor the 25th anniversary
of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)


"Grit "
"GRIT" performed by the six member Karen Peterson and Dancers,
is a video dance collaboration created by video artist Dinorah de
Jesus Rodriquez and co-choreographers Karen Peterson and
Katrina Weaver. The one-hour work explores the physical, social
and emotional context of ‘grit’ in today’s world. Struggle, desperation,
fear and the fight for power or dominance are common undertones
and themes that are played out daily on a personal and global scale.
These themes are also played out in nature and in the struggle for
man’s dominance in personal and in surrounding environment.
(available for touring)

See links for more information:
Miamiartzine – May 2014
Miami ArtGuide – May 2014
Video Interview In the Studio by Carlos Ochoa
Miami New Times


KPD Receives National Press from AP
(March 2014)

The KPD Dancers perform at the Pinecrest Gardens
(February 2014)

EVENT #1: the Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler
10/18 at 8PM, 10/19 at 3PM, 14 – KPD as guest artist at
The Little Haiti Cultural Center for the Daniel Lewis Dance
Sampler performed by KPD dancers

EVENT #2: “Grit” (full length work)
Nova Southeastern University -
Performance Theatre at the Don Taft University Center

Nova Southeastern University main campus
3301 College Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

The parking garage is located on SW 30th Street between
College Avenue and University Drive.
Metered parking is available, $1 per hour)

DATES: Performance: October 29th, 2014 at Performance Theater at 12pm

: Free and open to the general public

MASTER CLASS: October 29th, 2014 at
Performance Theater from 9:15-10:30

SHOW TITLE: “Grit” – a multi media dance work by six
KPD company members that explore the physical and
emotional elements of grit.

Augusto Soledad at

EVENT #3: 8th Street for the Viernes Cultural
(Cultural Fridays)

12/12/ 2014 at 8PM– SITE SPECIFIC WORK
Group improvisation by the KPD junior and senior dancers at the
Futurama Gallery on 8th Street for the Viernes Cultural.

Patti Vargas at

EVENT #4 - The 9th Talent Showcase:
Inclusive Dance for All


Hialeah Senior High School Auditorium
251 E 47th Street, Hialeah, FL 33013
office - (305) 822-1500

DATES: Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 10am


SHOW TITLE: 200 Teens with special needs perform in the
celebrated “Talent Showcase” now in its ninth year.

Karen Peterson
See: www.karenpetersondancers.org

EVENT #5: All Kids Included Performance and Workshop:
May 2, 2015 At South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center

Free for over 500 Miami Dade Students

Francine Andersen

EVENT #6: KPD Celebrates a 25th Anniversary:
VENUE: Miami Dade County Auditorium “on stage” black box
2901 West Flagler Street
Miami, Fl. 33135

SHOW TITLE: “25 and Still Reaching High”

DATES: MAy 14th, 15th, 2015 at 8PM

TICKET PRICE: $15. – 25. at door

RECEPTION: Friday, May 15thpost performance party $35.

SHOW TITLE: “KPD Celebrates a 25th Anniversary with
international guests dance artists and guest choreographers

CroiGlan (Clean Heart) from Cork, Ireland
HajdeDa (lLet’s Go) from Belgrade, Serbia

Karen Peterson 305-298-5879
See: www.karenpetersondancers.org


Click Here for The KPD 2014 Summer Newsletter

"Art as a Tool for Social Inclusion of Youth"
Video of the Performance "Body Without a Text"

May 11-17, 2013, UK "Vuk Karadzic" performance of "Body without a text".

The 2013 Miami / Balkan Dance Exchange is sponsored in part by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Cultural Exchange Fund from the Association of Performing Arts Presenter.


The Nation's Premiere
Mixed-Abilities Dance Company
in the Southeast Joins Forces with
Miami's Top Classical Musicians

(MIAMI) - Karen Peterson and Dancers performed to standing ovations with the Crosstown String Quartet and The Miami String Project at the Banyan Bowl amphitheater at Pinecrest Gardens, opening their 23rd season in Miami.
(Photos by Mariolga Ramirez)

"The combination of classical musicians playing onstage alongside contemporary dancers is powerful," said Founder and Artistic Director Karen Peterson. "Feedback from the audiences was electric. Two standing ovations made me feel like I am on the right track as a choreographer. We had new audience members who had never seen the company perform and they were moved."

Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) was founded in 1990 in Miami as a not-for-profit dance organization, and commissions and produces the work of dance artists with and without disabilities (performing together in an integrated scope), through its quality-based programs and educational workshops. Dancers with and without disabilities create and perform mixed-abilities dance as an inclusive art form on a year-round basis. The company will tour this year throughout Florida, Europe and Latin America.

KPD is the only full-time, mixed-abilities dance company in the Southeast that educates and entertains year-round, boasting a stellar history of commitment to integrated dance and renowned artistic integrity.

The performances began with the premiere of a work titled Moment which featured the debut of KPD's new youth dancers (ages 15-21) who are diagnosed with physical, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, alongside the Miami String Project (comprised of young musicians). Audiences experienced never-before-seen works of choreography set to The Lover's Waltz by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and The Chinese Folk Tunes by Bright Sheng.

Peterson has been working with her new group of mixed-abilities youth dancers since June of 2012: "I especially loved working with the youth dancers who had little reference to contemporary dance."..."Through improvisation I helped them find a sense of freedom in their own personal movement styles, teaching them to not hold back. Their honesty and sincerity, plus their powerful love of performance, added freshness to our production."

The second half, Potpourria, was a bold blend of synchronicity and spontaneity between the company's senior dancers and the professional musicians from the The Crosstown String Quartet.8 musical selections with original choreography by Karen Peterson were set to music
by Vivaldi, Bach, Britten, Grieg, Petersburski, Summers and Piazzola, performed by the quartet.











Also please click the link below to see what WLRN (Miami PBS) is saying about the company by reporter, Joey Daoud,
tagged as dance / documentary / PBS

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“Karen Peterson and Dancers is funded in part by: “the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge, helping bring South Florida together through the arts” by The Children's Trust. The Trust a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners, by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts." Supported in part by: Coldwell Bankers, The Mildred Pallas Levenson Dance Foundation, Miami Salon Group.  Citizens Interested in the Arts, the Whitten Foundation, CEP APAP Travel Award and Power2Give

Please contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Karen Peterson at karen@karenpetersondancers.orgwith any questions or concerns regarding performances or worksh