Karen Stokes Dance is a non-profit dance company.
Since 1998, Karen Stokes has created twelve evening length productions in addition to over 45 repertory (short program) works. Her work
emphasizes quirky movement invention, strong rhythmic connections, text, original vocals, and concepts of individuality within a community. Over the last several years, Stokes has explored
creating video projection as an integrated part of her live theatrical productions. Stokes also has created several dance for camera projects and site specific performances. In all three enviroments
of stage, film, and site; Stokes works strongly within setting a time and place, whether imaginary or real.
Further background about the history of KSD: In 1997, Stokes co-founded Travesty Dance Group with colleagues Kimberly Karpanty & Rebecca Malcolm-Naib in
Cleveland, Ohio. The group worked extensively together co-producing original work by the founders nationally from 1997-2009, with performances in Seattle, Toronto, Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland,
and NYC. In June 2011, the Travesty Dance Group in Houston (under the direction of Karen Stokes) transitioned to Karen Stokes Dance. Travesty Dance Group in Cleveland continues a strong relationship
with KSD as a "sister" company, under the direction of Kimberly Karpanty.
Stokes has an MFA in choreography from UCLA, and a BFA in dance from Ohio State University. Stokes can
also be found at the University of Houston, where she is a Professor and Director of the Dance Program.
KSD BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
President: Agelia Perez Marquez
Vice-President: Tonnie Walker-Beck
Treasurer: Erica Okoronkwo
Secretary: Lidney Molnari
Stephan Koplowitz, Lynn Lane, Rebecca Malcolm-Naib
Company Manager: Toni Valle
Administrative Assistant: Jerrica Mark
2018 Company members:
Brittany Bass, Yahudi Castaneda, Vi Dieu, Gaby Luna, Jerrica Mark, Bryan Bradley Peck.