Karen Hubbard is an Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Dance. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Kent State University; M.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University; Certificate in African and Kenyan Studies from University of Nairobi as a Fulbright – Hays Scholar. Her professional training is in modern dance, contemporary & traditional jazz dance, ballet, and mime. Karen joined the faculty in 1986. Her teaching assignments have included Modern Dance, Writing for Dance, and LBST General Education course The Arts and Society: Dance. She evolved an innovative approach to teaching Vintage Jazz Dance; students learn jazz movement from the first half of the 20th century as well as cultural, historical/aesthetic aspects of the form. Based on expertise in jazz dance history, Karen was recently Curriculum Consultant for a new interdisciplinary course at Temple University entitled: The Jazz Century. She has also taught master classes in the US including Dance Teacher Magazine Summer Conferences in NYC, and in South Africa, Portugal, and the British West Indies.
Karen performed with Karamu Concert Dancers; a modern dance company based in Cleveland Ohio. She was also; producer/moderator of a talk show airing weekly on ABC affiliate WSET in Lynchburg, VA; and Artistic Director/Dancer of Dance-By-Two a touring narrated performance funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts. New York professional credits (AEA, SAG, AFTRA) include musicals, daytime serials, commercials, and films. Karen’s favorite professional memories are of when she performed as a “go-go girl” with the NBC Hullabaloo Dancers; toured and performed on Broadway as Ermengard in Hello Dolly! and appeared as a Paper Doll Munchkin proto-type and dancer in the film version of The Wiz!