Karen Stringer was born and raised in Canada and moved to England on her marriage in 1970. She attended ballet and ice skating classes as a child, but for short periods only and also attended jazz ballet classes while at University.
At the age of 34 she attended an amateur adult ballet class given in Cambridge by Nina Gerseva Hubbard, a former Russian ballerina who married a British RAF pilot after the war and moved to Cambridge where she built up a flourishing school. Karen quickly became addicted to ballet and began training with Nina Hubbard to become a teacher.
She took over the running of the school when Mrs Hubbard retired in 1984 due to ill health and eventually qualified in as a professional teacher in the National Association of Teachers of Dancing, taking the Associate* exam at the age of 47, the Membership* exam at the age of 49 and the Fellowship** exam at the age of 53, and has over 25 years built up a reputation for training adult beginners to a high standard of dancing.
*Entered by Maureen Singh of the Eden Dance School, Cambridge
**Entered by Eileen Bennett of the City Academy, Peterborough
Karen has become a specialist in the teaching of adult beginners and returners and has published a manual for other teachers (Teaching Classical Ballet to Adults) which can be ordered for £12.00 with £2.50 postage and packing. E-mail Karen to order.She has trained five other teachers in the Russian Style (National Association of Teachers of Dancing) Lucy Tennison (ANATD, Distinction), Natalie Hall (ANATD, Distinction), Ryoko Iwasaki (ANATD, Distinction), Sally Thompsett (ANATD, MNATD, FNATD Distinction) and Ellie Morgan (ANATD, Merit).