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.

Our Facility

Our facility features over 10,000 square feet of space with five 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.