Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson has danced, toured, taught and performed since 1977, collaborating with many leading artists in the field of dance improvisation. Karen’s decades long work with Steve Paxton and his system Material for the Spine, Contact Improvisation, and Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores forged a tremendous influence on her improvisation practice. Throughout the 1990’s she danced with Image Lab, a group of choreographer/improvisors including Scott Smith, K.J. Holmes, and Lisa Nelson, committed to exploring Tuning Scores as a tool for making dances in performance. Karen co-founded Breitenbush Jam, DanceAbility and Diverse Dance Research Retreat, and worked for 8 years in early 2000’s as a caretaker of a Buddhist meditation retreat facility. She trains in and teaches Embodied Life ™, based on teachings of Russell Delman, combining Feldenkrais-influenced movement, zen-influenced meditation and embodied listening or “Focusing.” www.explomov.weebly.com