Karen Opper

Karen Opper

Karen Opper is a 2018 Case Western Reserve University graduate with her Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance. During the spring of 2018, she received the esteemed Eva L. Pancoast memorial fellowship which assisted in summer travels to Italy, where she danced with Carlos Melis; who studied under Pina Bausch. May of 2018, Opper and fellow CWRU graduate Richard Oaxaca were selected among New York City’s up and coming emerging artists to perform in the NEXT@Graham showcase, at the Martha Graham Dance Studio. Oaxaca and Opper will also be performing in the emerging artist concert at the 2018 Cleveland Dance Festival in November. Through funding from Friends of Dance at CWRU, she attended The Complexions Dance Workshop, ADF in CLE, and Pascal Rioult Summer Dance Workshop. During her time at CWRU, Opper performed in Karen Potter’s In Ancient Waters and Pleiades, Gary Galbraith's Strange Gardens and Imagined Odyssey, a collaboration with CWRU’s Interactive Commons, Jim Hansen's Fade to Snow and Grey, Larry Keigwin’s Triptych, and Nai-Ni Chen’s Bamboo Prayer. In 2018, she choreographed and performed in her thesis concert, Infinite Directions. Opper also danced works by previous thesis candidates, Andrea Alverez, Dani Dowler,Richard Oaxaca, Tingting Zhao, and Ziying Cui; and choreographed and performed for four MaDaCol Concerts. In 2013, Opper graduated from Central Michigan University with a BFA in theatre and interpretation with a minor in dance. She was a member of The University Theatre Dance Company and presented her choreography in the faculty concerts. At CMU, she stage managed, worked costume and make-up crew and directed one-act plays. Opper’s final project, earned her the privilege of working with tap artist Ellie Sciarra, co-choreographing the classic musical 42nd Street. Throughout junior high and high school, she was a part of several musicals as well as a competitive dancer from the young age of 8. While competing, Opper continually won several overall high scores, as well as several scholarships to travel to New York City, Chicago, North Carolina, and London, England. After attending CMU and before moving to Cleveland, Opper worked for 6 years at numerous Michigan dance studios, choreographing, and teaching for award winning competition teams.

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