Dance Instructor


Clark Academy Dance Center is proud to have Karen Washbon as part of our core. Miss Karen’s dance experience spans across over 30 years, specializing in ballet and pointe as a teacher and choreographer. She has also earned her RYT-200 Certification through the Himalayan Institute in Yoga.

Karen has deep roots in dance in the WNY area. She has studied and performed with many local teachers and groups, most notably master teachers Ginger Burke and Tom Ralabate. Karen has even studied under Clark Academy Dance Center founder, Matthew Clark, in the earliest years of the academy. 

Miss Karen, a former owner of her own dance studio in Hamburg, worked as a Teaching Artist for the WNY Arts in Education Program, and went on to teach and choreograph at several local dance studios. Miss Karen is a passionate and talented dance instructor, and is proud that many of her students have gone on to have professional careers in dance as educators, performers, and choreographers.