Karen Cook

Mrs. Cook studied under America’s finest dance masters including the late Eugene Loring, Donald McKayle, Marion Scott, Isreal El’ Gabriel, Alwin Nikolais, Bella Lewinsky, and Jamie Rogers. She was able to study and perform with some of Los Angeles’ finer contemporary modern dance companies.

As a professional dancer, Mrs. Cook performed with numerous choreographers including, Lulu Washington and Marla Blakely (Motown Productions), toured with Lou Rawls & Dionne Warwick. She has appeared on NBC Sports World, the United Negro College Fund Telethon. She has danced on musical videos for Ashford and Simpson and the Gap Band. And Mrs. Cook spent three years and as a dancer with the Miami Heat Dancers where she was also a dance captain and an assistant to the choreographer.

Mrs. Cook has been a guest artist in residence at Fort Lewis College, Durango Colorado, Teacher/ choreographer/ performer – Fine Arts Dance Studio, Los Angeles. She was the director/choreographer at Aerofit Fitness Center – Bryan/College Station, Texas. She has served as a Georgia Department of Education Governor’s Honors Program adjudicator for dance and has been a quest teacher for the GHP dance program at Valdosta State University.

Professional Qualifications:

Valdosta City Schools – Teacher Support Specialist (Mentor Teacher)

Georgia Department of Education’s Academic Service Learning Ambassador

1991-1992 W.R. Thomas Middle School/Miami Dade County Teacher of the Year

2003-2004 Valdosta High School’s Teacher of the Year

2005-2006 National Board for Professional Teaching Candidate

2000 Atlanta Journal -Constitution Millennium Honor Teacher Nominee

1980 Charter Member of UC Irvine’s XI Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority