Karen Safrit And Dance Santa Monica

Karen Safrit And Dance Santa Monica

5.0 (4)
1 employee
12 years in business

About this pro

I consider my specialty intelligent movement practices. Presently, I teach ballet and GYROTONIC®️* classes and offer individualized GYROTONIC®️mind/body conditioning practice.

As a young, competitive figure skater, I found my passion: momentum. Performing with contemporary dance company,Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance, studying with contemporary classical and jazz dance legends and earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at NYU, I embarked early on in a mission to understand movement in many forms. I have choreographed, studied, trained and taught in many disciplines, loving all levels of body artistry--all ages, and all stages. I love creative projects that focus on collaborative process and in turn elicit thoughtful little gems of discovery.

*GYROTONIC® is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and is used with their permission.

I love giving students renewed confidence to stand tall, strong and free of some of their everyday "noise," both physical and mental.

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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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4 Reviews


  • Marianne Smith

    Love this teacher and her classes! The breath, the relaxing yet active exercise, and freedom of movement I feel during and after class. Always look forward to coming to Karen and learning more.

  • Mary Beth Powell

    Karen is very knowledgeable about her craft and has the skill to pass that knowledge on to her students. The Movement Center is an amazing space to work in.

  • Anita Brown

    Dance Studio is refreshing, on the second floor with windows that look out on the ocean. The equipment is diverse and supports the training provided by the skilled trainer. I take private lessons and Karen ensures that we are not overextending to result in muscle pulls. The stretching we do enhances my strength for daily life and the ballet classes i take.

  • Nancy Sefton

    I have take a few of Karen’s gyrotonic classes so far and am truly enjoying it. I’m only just learning about what all I can gain for my body and overall health with this method of training. So far I love the stretches and my muscles feel like they are building and strengthening. Karen is a great teacher who is patient and explains in depth what we are doing and the benefits of each movement. She will take time when needed to make sure I’m doing each movement correctly. This makes me feel safe as I learn to twist and bend in ways I may not have known I could. I highly recommend Karen as a teacher.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I recommend an introductory package of 3 private sessions for students to familiarize themselves with the practice.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold an MFA in dance from NYU as well as certifications in the GYROTONIC®️ methodology.

Lessons offered

Pilates Classes Flexibility Trainers Personal Trainers

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