Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

New Zealand
Management
Human Garden Agency
+64 9 378 6248

Bio

Dancer/Choreographer Karen Ng was raised in small-town Napier, New Zealand after her parents immigrated from Hong Kong in pursuit of greener pastures.

There she was trained in BBO syllabus Ballet, NZAMD Jazz (Modern Dance) and Tap with the Phyllis Smith School of Dance and selected to represent the school in solo ballet, contemporary, lyrical and modern jazz competitions and performances.

After finishing high school she studied at the University of Auckland and started training at City Dance with Gandalf Archer, creator of Les MIlls Body Jam. She then joined Joel Fuentes Gallarde in establishing The Company of University Dancers, which lead to the creation of Triple8Funk Dance Crew, one of the leading forces of the Hip Hop dance scene in Auckland, New Zealand.

She took time off dancing to establish herself as a Pharmacist for a few years, and then reinstated her life long dream of pursuing performing arts and dance in the US.

After a 3 month enrollment the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, she was reignited with the passion for dance at a professional level, and extended her stay to 7 months, continually training and learning from the best in the industry. During her first time she developed a love for the underground freestyle scene, while improving her performance in choreography. Standout experiences included: shooting a music video commercial featuring Lenny Kravitz, a freestyle audition for Madonna's clothing launch at Macy's and partying with the cast of In The Heights.

She then travelled and continued to train and meet dancers along the way, at Harbour Dance Center in Vancouver, StudioDanz and IDS in Hong Kong and Beat Box Studio in Tokyo. She returned home missing the international dance scene, but inspired to start her own classes and teach, eventuating in All Aboard Burlesque dance troupe and performing her solo Burlesque and Charleston acts for the Art Deco Festival in Napier.

Upon her return to New York City, she was ecstatic to immerse herself in the art of Waacking with Princess Lockeroo, and developed more experience in freestyle, coming 4th in a Waacking battle at the iconic Escuelitas club. She continued to work on her own style which lead to selection from showcases to festivals, fundraiser events, and choreography showcases.

Standout Experiences included: Showcasing choreography and being selected for the BDC Studio Opening Night (performing alongside NBC's SMASH, Parson's Dance and Matthew Powell Contemporary), Dancing at the Cielo Latino Aids Gala at The Cipriani Wall Street with Maria Torres' Latin Dance Company, Voguing with Danielle Polanco and winning a U.D.L game (urbandanceleague.com), Training and Performing with Princess Lockeroo Productions, collaborating with Mathew Mizyed to perform at Broadway Underground at B.B.Kings, and performing in Akim Funk Buddha's Hip Hop Holiday at BAMcafe.

She continues coaching and teaching Hip Hop and Street Jazz in New Zealand, while introducing Waacking, House, Popping and Waving to improve freestyle in dancers. Her students have successfully placed 1st and 2nd in local dance and school competitions, and is a popular teacher for school dance workshops. Her recent performance onstage brought Waacking to NZ alongside Stan Walker - Winner of Australian Idol and judge for NZ X-Factor.

She is currently establishing a new team of dancers to work on building her choreography portfolio.

Videos

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Television Col 1 Television Col 2 Television Col 3
DancerNBC - New York CityToday Live
DancerNBC - New York CityColumbus Day Red Carpet Event
Dance ContestantABC - SydneyStrictly Dancing
Music Videos Col 1 Music Videos Col 2 Music Videos Col 3
Freestyle DancerScribe - "Stand Up" Chris Graham, Auckland
Commercials Col 1 Commercials Col 2 Commercials Col 3
DancerNBA & Lenny Kravitz - "Come On Get It" TNT - New York City
DancerCaltex - TechronShona McCullough - Human Garden, Auckland
Industrials Col 1 Industrials Col 2 Industrials Col 3
Print AdCaltex "Techron" Human Garden Agency
Choreography Col 1 Choreography Col 2 Choreography Col 3
I Can Be A FreakEasterFest at McLean ParkNapier, New Zealand
Got Til It's GoneBroadway Underground Showcase at BBKingsNew York City, NY
Creep / How Do You Want ItDance ParadeNew York City, NY
Freak Like MeOur Haven Fundraiser at Times Square Arts CentreNew York City, NY
I'm Every WomanSistas Conference - TelstraClear Stadium Auckland, New Zealand
Piece of MeTeens Conference - MysteryCreekHamilton, New Zealand
Ezekiel's SkeletonsLife Conference - TelstraClear StadiumAuckalnd, New Zealand
Creep / How Do You Want ItBlissful Bedrooms FundraiserNew York City, NY
DivaRISE for CanTeen - Fundraiser for Teen Cancer FoundationAuckland, New Zealand
Puttin' On The RitzSchnipps Fashion ShowAuckland, New Zealand
Dance Col 1 Dance Col 2 Dance Col 3
ContestantUrban Dance LeagueVogue Winner (Season 1, Game 7)
ContestantBattlactica (NYC)Waacking Freestyle - 4th Place
ContestantWake Up Sessions Vol.1 (Auckland)Hip Hop Freestyle - Semi Finals
ContestantWake Up Sessions Vol.2 (Auckland)Popping Freestyle - Semi Finals
ContestantPyramid Bar (Auckland)Hip Hop Freestyle Duo - 1st Place
Triple8Funk Dance CrewMaiFM / Missy Elliott Street Dance Crew Battle (Auckland) Hip Hop Dance Crew - 2nd Place
Triple8Funk Dance CrewMaiFm / Guy Fawkes Dance Battle (Auckland) Hip Hop Dance Crew - 1st Place
Triple8Funk Dance CrewTear It Up - Regionals (Auckland)Hip Hop Dance Crew - 1st Place
Teaching Col 1 Teaching Col 2 Teaching Col 3
Intermediate - Advanced Hip Hop (11+)Rochelle Spence StudioNapier
Beginners - Intemediate Burlesque/Stiletto Heels (16+)Rochelle Spence StudioNapier
Beginners Burlesque (16+)Viva Latino (Sub)Auckland
Beginners to Advanced Hip Hop (18+)University of Auckland Recreation CentreAuckland
Beginners to Advanced Hip Hop (Open)City Dance & Ballet (Sub)Auckland
Beginners Hip Hop / Cardio DanceConfigure Express GymAuckland
Zumba & Cardio Fit Dance12'O Fitness StudioAuckland
WaackingIndependent WorkshopsFreelance
Stage Col 1 Stage Col 2 Stage Col 3
Hip Hop HolidayAkim Funk BuddhaBAMcafe, NYC
The Wizards of WaackingPrincess LockerooSymphony Space
Blacula - Hip Hop Dance ProductionTriple8Funk Dance CompanyRaye Freedman Arts Centre
Romeo & Juliet - The RemixTriple8Funk Dance CompanyMercury Theatre
Cleopatra - Hip Hop Dance ProductionTriple8Funk Dance CompanyMercury Theatre
The Waacking GamesPrincess LockerooSymphony Space
Training Col 1 Training Col 2 Training Col 3
Hip HopBroadway Dance Centre, NYJared Grimes, La Jon, Antboogie
Street JazzBroadway Dance Centre, NYRhapsody, Luam, Jermaine Browne
WaackingBroadway Dance Centre, NYPrincess Lockeroo
Production/Direction Col 1 Production/Direction Col 2 Production/Direction Col 3
Co-Producer & Creative DirectorTriple8Funk Dance Crew2003-2006
Choreographer's AssistantPrincess Lockeroo Productions 2012
Skills Col 1 Skills Col 2 Skills Col 3
PoppingWavingWaacking
PianoGuitarSinging
ChoreographyMusic MixingVideo Concepts
Acting

Stats

Gender
Female
Age Range
25-30
Ethnic Appearance 1
Asian
Ethnic Appearance 2
Multi-Ethnic
Hair Color
Brown
Hair Length
Long
Eye Color
Black
Sizing System
UK
Height
5"0
Shirt
S
Pants
S
Shoe
36
Hat Size
Large
Glove size
S