A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, and Artistic Director of Karen Peterson and Dancers, Ms. Peterson received four Choreographic Fellowship Awards from Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State and the Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. Karen has been a leader of "mixed-ability" all-inclusive dance since 1990 and under her direction, Karen Peterson and Dancers has represented the State of Florida at conferences and festivals in New York City, Atlanta, Cleveland, Brazil, Italy, Scotland, Spain and Montenegro. KPD completed a 2007 Florida tour to Tampa, Key West, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, performed for the VSA International Conference in Washington D.C. in June 2010 and completed a 7 day residency in Trebinje, Bosnia in May 2010.
The company also creates a 15 week residency for 200 Miami Dade students with special needs, on an annual basis since 2006. Karen received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the Mildred Levenson Dance Foundation, a Coldwell Bankers Cares Award, A Citizen Interested in the Arts Award, CEF APAP Travel Award to set a new work in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 2012 and KPD earned its first John and James L Knight Foundation Challenge Award in 2012 to support the company's work in the Miami Dade Public Schools.