LAST UPDATED: October 29, 2018
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Karen Peterson and Dancers was founded in1990 and is Florida’s leading company dedicated to integrating professional dancers and students with a range of physical abilities. They have presented an annual season of new work throughout South Florida and have presented their work nationally, from New York to Washington, D.C., and in nine countries, including Brazil, Spain, Ireland, Serbia, Italy, Montenegro and Portugal. In honor of her work, Ms. Peterson has received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New World School of the Arts, a Bank of America "Cultural Award" from the American Red Cross, and a "Queen of the Arts” Award from the Miami Herald. The organization also received a 2011 Knight Foundation Award to support inclusive dance in the Miami Dade Schools, a 2017-2019 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant and a 2018 NEA Grant to support “Forward Motion” Miami’s annual festival of physically integrated dance. KPD has also sustained ongoing educational and training workshops including working with over 4,000 teens with special needs since 2006. Reviews of the KPD: “A high artistic level for contemporary dance” (El Nuevo Herald), “One of Miami’s cultural treasures” (Miami New Times), “A tour de force, an exquisite and inquisitive look at mixed ability dance…innovative and meaningful", "10 great moments in Miami Dance - special, defining, unrepeatable of the year 2017" (The Miami Herald). Since 1990, the company has presented a season of new ensemble work, performed by hundreds of dancers, created by multiple choreographers, on a local, national and international venues. Committed to touring the company performed in New York City, Ohio, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and throughout Florida. Internationally KPD has created performance and residencies in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in Carpi, Italy, at the Edinburgh “Fringe”, Scotland; at the American Choreographers Showcase, in Madrid, Spain; at the Montenegrin National Theatre in Podgorica; Cork, Ireland and Lisbon, Portugal. The London/Miami Dance Exchange took place in September 2018. KPD has also sustained ongoing educational workshops for over 4,000 teens with special needs since 2006.
11760 SW 72ND AVE
MIAMI, FL 33156-4616

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Board Chair and Executive Director
Florida Cultural Alliance, Arts and Business Council, Boston Conservatory Alumni Association
Advanced Driver Rehabilitation, Miami Post-Polio Clinic, Greater Miami Youth Symphony,
Florida Grand Opera, Miami Art Museum, Jackson Memorial Foundation, Miami Music Project, Arts for Learning, International Women's Forum, Florida International Bankers Association (and former President).
education / access
VSA Florida as board secretary, Florida Access Coalition for the Arts, Miami Theatre Central
education / access
Very Special Arts Nation Wide, All Kids included Dade County


Ms. Karen Peterson Corash
CEO/Executive Director/ Artistic Director
Katrina Weaver
dance artist
Oscar Trujillo
dance artist and educator
Katherine Brennon
dance artist and educator
Lucia Arantaha
dance educator
John Beauregard
dance artist and activist
Shawn Buller
dance artist and activist
Gary Lund
Light Design
Robert Rosenberg
Press and Marketing
Heber Siquerious Design
Web and Graphic Design


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.