Our History

Welcome to Karen’s Dance Studio (KDS) we’re glad you found us! KDS has been providing Joplin area students with a quality dance education since 1971. Our goal is to instill in our students with a love and appreciation for the art of dance in a positive and inspiring environment. Our curriculum inspires creativity, strength, and self confidence in our students through qualified, trained, and engaging instructors. Our dance instruction encourages healthy minds and bodies through dance, while teaching lifelong lessons.

All instructors teach from our uniquely designed curriculum, created to cultivate a joy and love for music and dance.  We are active members of Dance Masters of America as well as the Cecchetti Council of America.  KDS teachers attend yearly workshops and conventions to continue their dance education training which keeps our instruction cohesive, safe and current as well as fresh and exciting for students.

When considering a dance school for your family, we encourage you to stop by, watch a class, and experience the Karen’s Dance Studio family. We’re confident you’ll see why KDS has been a leader in dance education for over 45 years.

Our Instructors

From performing shows across the country to studying under world-class dancers, our teachers have racked up many impressive accolades along the way. All of our instructors have at least 5 years of teaching experience and use our uniquely designed curriculum.

Nicole Owner and Director of Karen's Dance Studio


Nicole (Karen’s daughter) grew up dancing under her Mom’s instruction at Karen’s Dance Studio studying the Cecchetti method of ballet, as well as pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and acrobatics . . . Read more.


Miss Rebecca began dancing at Karen’s Dance Studio at the age of 5. Under the instruction of Miss Karen, she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and the Cecchetti method of ballet in which she has passed levels I – V . . . Read more.

Rebecca Dance Instructor at Karen's Dance Studio
Becky Dance Instructor at Karen's Dance Studio


Miss Becky began dancing at the age of 9 in her hometown of Avondale, AZ, from Take Five Dance Academy. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical/Modern and Pointe . . . Read more.


Miss Michelle began dancing when she was 3 years old under the direction of Cherie Lawson in Pittsburg, KS. She has trained in the Cecchetti method of Ballet, as well as, Tap, Jazz, contemporary, and Pointe . . . Read more.

Michelle Dance Instructor at Karen's Dance Studio
Brianne Dance Instructor at Karen's Dance Studio


Miss Brianne began dancing at the age of 4. She continued her love of dance all throughout her high school and college experience. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theatre . . . Read more.


Jessica moved to the area in July of 2012 to pursue a career in broadcast Meteorology. She is originally from Florida where she received an Associate of Science in Dance from Florida School of the Arts . . . Read more.

Jessica Dance Instructor at Karen's Dance Studio
Autumn Voice Instructor at Karen's Dance Studio


Miss Autumn began singing at a young age in her church choir and knew that music would always be a big part of her life. She was involved in music throughout high school as a member of several performing groups including band, choir, and show choir . . . Read more.


In 1961 Angela began her dance training under Jane Benson, Webb City. She has also trained under Fernando Schaffenberg, Pau Draper, and Gus Giordano. Angela was Miss Dance in 1972, representing Dance Masters of America . . . Read more.

Dance Instructor at Karen's Dance Studio

Our Facility

Our facility features over 6500 square feet of space with three large dance rooms equipped with state-of-the-art sprung flooring, viewing areas for all classes, spacious waiting rooms, a student lounge, safe room, dressing rooms, and an on-site dance store.