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.
|Television Col 1||Television Col 2||Television Col 3|
|Dancer||NBC - New York City||Today Live|
|Dancer||NBC - New York City||Columbus Day Red Carpet Event|
|Dance Contestant||ABC - Sydney||Strictly Dancing|
|Music Videos Col 1||Music Videos Col 2||Music Videos Col 3|
|Freestyle Dancer||Scribe - "Stand Up"||Chris Graham, Auckland|
|Commercials Col 1||Commercials Col 2||Commercials Col 3|
|Dancer||NBA & Lenny Kravitz - "Come On Get It"||TNT - New York City|
|Dancer||Caltex - Techron||Shona McCullough - Human Garden, Auckland|
|Industrials Col 1||Industrials Col 2||Industrials Col 3|
|Print Ad||Caltex "Techron"||Human Garden Agency|
|Choreography Col 1||Choreography Col 2||Choreography Col 3|
|I Can Be A Freak||EasterFest at McLean Park||Napier, New Zealand|
|Got Til It's Gone||Broadway Underground Showcase at BBKings||New York City, NY|
|Creep / How Do You Want It||Dance Parade||New York City, NY|
|Freak Like Me||Our Haven Fundraiser at Times Square Arts Centre||New York City, NY|
|I'm Every Woman||Sistas Conference - TelstraClear Stadium||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Piece of Me||Teens Conference - MysteryCreek||Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Ezekiel's Skeletons||Life Conference - TelstraClear Stadium||Auckalnd, New Zealand|
|Creep / How Do You Want It||Blissful Bedrooms Fundraiser||New York City, NY|
|Diva||RISE for CanTeen - Fundraiser for Teen Cancer Foundation||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Puttin' On The Ritz||Schnipps Fashion Show||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Dance Col 1||Dance Col 2||Dance Col 3|
|Contestant||Urban Dance League||Vogue Winner (Season 1, Game 7)|
|Contestant||Battlactica (NYC)||Waacking Freestyle - 4th Place|
|Contestant||Wake Up Sessions Vol.1 (Auckland)||Hip Hop Freestyle - Semi Finals|
|Contestant||Wake Up Sessions Vol.2 (Auckland)||Popping Freestyle - Semi Finals|
|Contestant||Pyramid Bar (Auckland)||Hip Hop Freestyle Duo - 1st Place|
|Triple8Funk Dance Crew||MaiFM / Missy Elliott Street Dance Crew Battle (Auckland)||Hip Hop Dance Crew - 2nd Place|
|Triple8Funk Dance Crew||MaiFm / Guy Fawkes Dance Battle (Auckland)||Hip Hop Dance Crew - 1st Place|
|Triple8Funk Dance Crew||Tear 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 Studio||Napier|
|Beginners - Intemediate Burlesque/Stiletto Heels (16+)||Rochelle Spence Studio||Napier|
|Beginners Burlesque (16+)||Viva Latino (Sub)||Auckland|
|Beginners to Advanced Hip Hop (18+)||University of Auckland Recreation Centre||Auckland|
|Beginners to Advanced Hip Hop (Open)||City Dance & Ballet (Sub)||Auckland|
|Beginners Hip Hop / Cardio Dance||Configure Express Gym||Auckland|
|Zumba & Cardio Fit Dance||12'O Fitness Studio||Auckland|
|Stage Col 1||Stage Col 2||Stage Col 3|
|Hip Hop Holiday||Akim Funk Buddha||BAMcafe, NYC|
|The Wizards of Waacking||Princess Lockeroo||Symphony Space|
|Blacula - Hip Hop Dance Production||Triple8Funk Dance Company||Raye Freedman Arts Centre|
|Romeo & Juliet - The Remix||Triple8Funk Dance Company||Mercury Theatre|
|Cleopatra - Hip Hop Dance Production||Triple8Funk Dance Company||Mercury Theatre|
|The Waacking Games||Princess Lockeroo||Symphony Space|
|Training Col 1||Training Col 2||Training Col 3|
|Hip Hop||Broadway Dance Centre, NY||Jared Grimes, La Jon, Antboogie|
|Street Jazz||Broadway Dance Centre, NY||Rhapsody, Luam, Jermaine Browne|
|Waacking||Broadway Dance Centre, NY||Princess Lockeroo|
|Production/Direction Col 1||Production/Direction Col 2||Production/Direction Col 3|
|Co-Producer & Creative Director||Triple8Funk Dance Crew||2003-2006|
|Choreographer's Assistant||Princess Lockeroo Productions||2012|
|Skills Col 1||Skills Col 2||Skills Col 3|
|Choreography||Music Mixing||Video Concepts|