Karen started her full time dance training at Bush Davis, Romford. When the school closed after she had been there for a year she transferred to Laine Theatre Arts. Leaving in July 1976, she started teaching for Susan Mitchell Smith in the September. Karen left in December 1984 when her husband 's job moved to London. After leaving the WSD she became a full time mother to her two daughters. As they grew up she returned to dance and now runs her own school in Sheffield.