Karen McDonald is a highly trained, extremely professional and sensitive coach. She has brought her training and knowledge she has from years of dancing, performing and competing to help me on my journey to be the best version of myself as a competitive ballroom dancer.
Never pushing, but always encouraging and prodding me (literally sometimes) to improve. All done with compassion and joy.
True balance says a lot – her approach of rigor and discipline combined with the encouragement to be creative and free. I am fortunate to have her as my guide in my rather serious hobby of competitive ballroom.
It’s not easy to explain how very amazing coach Karen is! Janice
Salsa lessons in Sunday softee's!
Preparing to go to a Latin party, mother and son take time out to learn the moves and grooves.
“I have two left feet, no rhythm and too stiff to feel the beat. I loved that Karen made it fun to learn salsa. Karen moves so effortlessly and her enthusiasm for dance reflects from the inside out.
I just wanted to feel comfortable learning one dance move with attitude. From this photo, we learned in the comforts of home so I would not feel embarrassed to be dancing in public”. Rhonda
Thank you ever so much for your kindness and generosity. I wanted you to know I have your brochure sitting exposed on my desk because I love what it stands for. “True Balance” is in all – ways a perfect reminder. Absolute joy! Wow. So, all of NYC, wherever you go, must be healing rapidly as the joy dances from your Being, touching the hearts of all who have the good fortune of crossing your path. Keep on leading by example. Thank You. How inspiring your commitment! Thank you again, for dancing your way into my heart. Pat
We truly enjoyed your workshops which opened a whole new perspective of the dancing world! You were wonderful – exuberant, patient, demonstrative, and have such a wonderful sense of humor.
You simply can’t imagine how incredibly you move to us. It is like poetry in motion.
Thanks again for gracing us with your presence. Lorraine and Tony
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you have taught me. I always looked forward to the next lesson with enthusiasm. Thank you for all your time and patience, especially for capturing the essence of the movements, and explaining in a way I could understand (…so, imagine a straw….). Even though my feet are slow to learn, I feel like I understand what they “could” be doing, which is something I’ve never understood before. You are a fabulous instructor and I hope you will be back in the area soon. Amanda
"The class was great fun, and I especially enjoyed your delightfully playful energy. It was exactly what I needed. To my amazement no aches or pains!" Linda P.
"I knew Karen’s class would be good for me, and after one class I felt increased energy and clarity. Her knowledge and ability to teach and her attention to detail is very effective, and her humor and enthusiasm are contagious. After that very first class I began raving to my friends." RoseMarie O.
Using Karen’s EnerQi - a unique combination of groovy ballroom dance and martial arts movement magic, in just one hour my energy increased tenfold and my mood skyrocketed! H. Pierre
You have not only taught me dancing, you showed me what is strength, positive energy, and the unstoppable desire to conquer all odds. No one is born to ‘like what they cannot do’. You practice that in your life. It inspires me to do the same. You’re a special person, I hope you will continue to teach, help, and inspire others, not only in dancing, but other areas of their lives. - Grace
Thank you for encouraging me in a situation where I felt strangely awkward, for as uninhibited as I consider myself to be, our work is pushing me out of my comfort zone on a totally new level. Thank you for facilitating that growth in me, and exploring this new ground. I’m grateful for the opportunity to expand the constraints I hadn’t even realized I placed on myself. - Colin
Your infinite patience and willingness to work is a wonder to me. People like you are a wonderful blessing. Thank you! Martha
Thank you for giving so much of yourself. It was a very nice experience for me which will carry beyond dancing. Your knowledge and depth provide more than dancing how-to. I hope you have an opportunity to reach many more people. - George
I know you will be given love, passion and creativity because those are words I think of when I think of you. You are extraordinary, and thank you for being such a strong force in the world. - Peace, Andrea
What a joy it has been knowing you. You will live in my heart and memory forever, as you have a beautiful soul.
Baraka Bashad (May the Blessing Be) - Marian
Just wanted to say again, “thank you” for a wonderful experience with the salsa lesson for the “Ananda Lewis show”. Thanks again, it was a golden opportunity to have met you. Tracy Gray
Many thanks for coming out from New York and doing a great job. People are still talking about the show that was excellent, showing off the great style that you are known for. Thank you - Gene
I wanted to thank you for coming to share with us your wealth of knowledge in the workshop. I wish you all the success and realization of your dreams that you desire. You certainly deserve it, and work for it. - Pegge
Not only in dancing, you give us a new (and different) perspective on life. We enjoy our trips to New York for lessons and time with you. - Betty and Gerry
I just wanted to thank you for the tremendous gift you gave to all of us in your class. Your compassion, commitment and gentleness have changed my life. - Paula
I wanted you to know how fortunate I feel to have an opportunity to get to know a person like you. You are in many ways amazing. Not only have you enjoyed a great dancing career, but your dedication to wellness and consideration for other’s benefit is amazing. - Takashi
We were mesmerized as you led us through an interpretive dance with your partner, displaying strength and elegance! Each seemingly effortless lift was met by applause. - Patricia and Richard
How blessed we are to have met you, you are too awesome. It's been such a pleasure getting to know you. You are an amazing person with so many gifted talents, and such a wonderful vehicle using those talents for the betterment of everyone you come into contact with. Thank you. Randi and Tony
What a triumph! My Viennese Waltz hostess complimented me on my waltzing. - Martin
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