Karen Lynch was raised on Long Island and received her ballet training at the Seiskaya Ballet School. Karen danced professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she performed in many Balanchine ballets including Symphony in C, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Western Symphony, Divertimento No. 15, Rubies, Who Cares? and Valse Fantasie. Karen has also been a principal dancer with the Kansas City Ballet, Fugate/Behari Ballet NY, Chautauqua Dance Company and Dances Patrelle. Some of her favorite roles have included Odette in Swan Lake, the Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, the Sylph in Scotch Symphony and Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty.
Karen has taught ballet in the Huntington community for over fifteen years and her students have been accepted to many prestigious summer programs including the American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, New York State Summer School for the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet School. Her students have also won top honors at various ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix, the American Ballet Competition and the Long Island Ballet Competition. Karen has trained students who have danced professionally with the Alabama Ballet and the Nevada Dance Theatre and who have been accepted to such competitive college dance programs as Suny Purchase, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Adelphi University and Butler University. Currently, one of Karen’s students who she has trained for ten years, has been granted the prestigious honor of being named an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar. In addition, Karen has eight students who have been granted the Long Island Newsday Scholar Artist Award for their academic excellence and accomplishment in dance.