Kari Jensen, international dance teacher and choreographer, is an accomplished artist trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater. As a faculty member of the Santa Ana College,
Mt San Antonio College and Orange Coast College dance departments, she specializes in jazz and hip hop technique. Many of Kari’s students have gone on to perform professionally in music videos, commercials and stage work. In addition to her weekly classes, Kari regularly leads workshops for high schools and colleges across Southern California, such as Orange County High School of the Arts, Citrus College, Santa Ana High School and the 2013 American College Dance Festival in Torrance, CA.
For nearly a decade, Kari owned and directed Pulse Dance Troupe, in Orange County, CA, a professional performance company comprised of up-and-coming hip hop dancers focused on artistic growth and positive expression. During this time, Kari also performed and choreographed for Culture Shock Dance Troupe, Inc./Los Angeles and the Madonna Grimes Dance Co.
Kari's resume is world-wide, with credits in Italy, where her performance and choreography took first place in the Dance Grandprix Italia, all the way to Taipei, Taiwan and Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia as an Artist in Residence for the Cultural Convention of Dance.
Kari's choreography has been showcased in a variety of prestigious commercial and theatrical arenas, including Carnival: A Choreographer’s Ball, the 2000 National Democratic Convention, IBM Corporate Events and industrial events for Nike and Reebok. She has choreographed original pieces for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, the Clippers Spirit Team and dozens of competitive dance teams across the country. In addition, Kari stars in two original instructional dance video productions, Pulse Choreography Jam and Girlz Gone Hip Hop, both of which she created.