Spotlight on Rockport Dance Conservatory Director Kari Cameron

Kari Cameron has been the director of Rockport Dance Conservatory since its founding in 2007. She began her early dance training and performing at the Conservatory Ballet of Reston, VA under its director Julia Reddick and continued her dance education in Columbia S.C. where she attended Columbia College as a scholarship dance major. Kari was a member of the South Carolina Ballet Theater where she performed, taught, and choreographed with the company and its affiliated Columbia Ballet School. After her marriage and relocation to Newport, RI, Kari danced ballet and modern at Newport Academy of Ballet and performed with its company The Island Moving Company.

Finally settling in Maine to raise a family, Kari started classes at the People to People Dance Studio and resumed performing and choreographing as well with the affiliated Atlantic Ballet Company. She also began teaching contemporary ballet classes to various technical levels. Kari teaches classes mainly based on the technique of the Russian Vaganova style, incorporating kinesiology and anatomy to help dancers with body awareness, and she encourages strengthening the body core and attention to musicality. She enjoys the blending of dance genres for versatility and freedom of expression. Besides choreography for RDC Showcases, regional/national dance competitions, and local events, her recent ballet choreography “Cello Promenade” was chosen for performance in Portland, Me 2009 Portland Dances!. Kari also is a creative force in costume design and execution for RDC who has had costumes featured in Dance Spirit Magazine’s dance competition article “Trend Watch” in the October 2009 issue.

In March of 2010, Kari choreographed a lyrical solo, "Hard Time" danced by RDC student, Stephanie Leclerc which won a High Gold Award and was the 1st place overall high score winner in the All Star Division at Dancer's Inc. Regional Competition held in southern Maine.

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