Passion for DanceFounder & Ballet Teacher
Karen Smith has owned and directed Wise Ballet and Music Academy from 1985 to the present. She has a BFA with a major in ballet performance from Texas Christian University. She is a former dancer with the Fort Worth Ballet Company, under the direction of Fernando Schaffenburg, and also a former dancer with the Fort Worth Opera.
Prior to opening her own studio in Wise County, Karen taught at Schaffenburg’s Ballet Academy for six years and taught ballet classes at Texas Christian University, and has been a guest teacher/choreographer at several studios in the metroplex as well as in Pennsylvania.
She has recently studied technique classes at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studios in New York City under the guidance of Finis Jhung and early childhood dance educator, Beverly Spell. Karen had the honor of studying advanced technique classes at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Workshop in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.