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Artist, Arts Professional
In your own words, what is your ethnic identity? (for individuals)
New Yorker
Your Artistic Background/Mission
To dance until I can no longer.
Korean Dance - strictly Korean traditional dance movement 무용 [MuYong]
Neo-Traditional and Korean Fusion

WDI-World Dance Initiative
The WDI-World Dance Initiative is an umbrella organization for a dance and music collective including Cheol BaekJo Korean Dance, Reflections and Anise Arts. The WDI-World Dance Initiative works in collaboration with folkloric dancers of other genres in performance and educational settings.

Cheol BaekJo Korean Dance
What is KOREAN DANCE? This beautiful dance form is both ancient and very new. Korean dance is a 5000 year old dance form has been preserved and reconstructed in various contexts and brought to modern times and now to North America. It takes the internal expression that each person possesses and transmits this expression via dance. Within Korean dance there are several ‘genres’ (or dance styles) evolving from graceful to the physically dynamic. The WDI-World Dance Initiative also includes Neo – Traditional and Korean Fusion in its repertoire inspired by other forms of world dance, urban dance and classical dance typically found within the wide cultural diversity and accessibility of resources in New York City. CHEOL BAEKJO KOREAN DANCE is a mixed nationality dance group which focuses on the Traditional and Modern expressions of KOREAN DANCE.

Anise Arts
Who is ANISE ARTS? It is the creative collaboration of cross-cultural dance artists: Karen Kriegel and Athena Najat! Creating Silk Road connections through traditional and modern expressions of Korean dance and traditional and modern expressions of Arabic and Anatolian dance. Join us for workshops, festivals, parades, and events in education and entertainment!

Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent. It covers 29.9% of the Earth's total land area and accommodates approximately 4 billion people, which hosts 60% of the world's current human population. REFLECTIONS brings together Indigenous, Diaspora and Third cultural artists of various creative backgrounds reflecting the cultural and creative diversity of Asian dance, music and art within performance and educational settings

In 1996 Karen Ann Elizabeth Kriegel began her Korean dance career in N.Y.C. while attending the Juilliard School when introduced to Master Sohn InYoung of the NOW Dance Company of Seoul, Korea. For 17 years Ms. Kriegel has studied with many teachers including two Korean national treasures: Master Cho GongRye (Kanggangsuallae) and Master DongHee SahNihm (P’ompae). Ms. Kriegel performs, teaches and lectures regularly on the subject of Korean dance worldwide. Currently, Ms. Kriegel focuses on Korean dance and fusion dance while working on her own dance company the WDI-World Dance Initiative: an umbrella for a dance and music collective including Cheol BaekJo Korean Dance, Reflections and Anise Arts. The World Dance Initiative works
Your Creative Influences
All the wonderful.. and sometimes not so wonderful things, that this life has for me.
If you are not in New York City, what are your ties to New York's Asian American artistic community?
My work is created/shown/produced in NYC regularly
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At 8:28am on March 6, 2012, Andrew Lamb said…

Greetings Karen:

Thank you for contacting me with friendship, I look forward to meeting you and seeing your work.

Peace & Blessings!

At 6:40am on March 6, 2012, Ed Tadiello Studio said…

Hi Karen,   Thank you for Friending me.  I have been meaning to get in touch with you as I have a keen interest in taking photos of your dancers as reference for an series of oil paintings.    Please let me know if that is possible.  I am interested in inviting individual dancers to pose in my studio as well as taking photos at performances.

Thank you

Take care,



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