About: Staff: Dance Instructor, Karen Shackleford:
Karen has more than thirty years experience in the ballroom dance industry. She
began studying and teaching social dance in 1978, and after taking some time off to
focus on career and family, she returned to ballroom dancing and teaching in 1991.
Karen has studied with Mark and Dawna Nocera, Dan Radler, and Suzanne Hamby, and
has participated in numerous seminars with other dance luminaries including Ron Montez,
Jim Maranto, Jonathan Wilkins, Michael Mead, Toni Redpath, and Edward Simon among
others. Prior to opening her own business, Karen taught a social dance curriculum for
studios in Greater Boston and Southern NH.
Karen has competed pro-am at ballroom dance competitions on the Maine and
Massachusetts circuits. She holds teaching certification from Dance Vision International
Dance Association (DVIDA), LaBlast™, and the Professional Dance Instructors
Association (PDIA). Karen is the proud recipient of hundreds of skills endorsements
on Linked In.
In addition to International and American Style Ballroom training, Karen's repertoire includes
west coast swing, lindy hop, hustle, salsa, nightclub two-step and her signature program,
"Rock, Pop, and Latin Line Dancing".
Karen's exposure to dance began at the age of five, with a theatrical dance program under
the direction of Mary Bertagna, former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Karen has been
choreographing and producing ballroom dance showcases since 1996. Her work has been
presented at six New England shopping malls as well as the Palace Theatre's production of
"Keyboard Lounge", the Bel Esprit Arts Festival, the Center of NH Senior Expo, and many other venues.
From 1999 through 2016 Karen owned and operated The Queen City Ballroom in Manchester, NH. Her studio was the proud recipient of twin wins in 2013 by the Hippo Press Readers’ Poll: “Best Dance Studio” and “Best Date Place”, and “Best Wedding Dance Instructor in NH, two years running, in 2015 and 2016”, awarded by NH Magazine Bride.
In 2014, Karen opened Cape Sands Ballroom Dance on Cape Cod. Locally, Karen has gratefully accepted “The Knot Best of Weddings” award in 2018, 2019 and in 2020 for best wedding dance instruction on Cape Cod.
Karen demonstrates longtime support of various nonprofit and charitable institutions through donations of dance lessons, and providing showcases for events. Karen has one daughter, Nicki Tebeau, who in addition to full time employment in the field of behavioral healthcare, assists with the administration of special ballroom events. Karen’s hobbies include photography, music, healthy living, floral design, decorating, writing, and genealogy.
Learn more: Contact Karen.