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Born in New York City, Karen Simon studied classical ballet and danced for two years with the Mexican folklore troupe “Aztlán” before discovering Argentine tango in 1986. Three years later, when the Montreal tango community began to develop, she was part of the first wave of dancers. Karen has studied with all the great masters and has been most influenced by Graciela González, Luciana Valle, Rebecca Shulman, María Plazaola, Gavito, Teté, Osvaldo Zotto, Hernán Obispo and Pablo Veron.

In 1993, she began teaching tango in Montreal, Canada, first at Grafitti Tango, then at the Tangueria. In January 2004 she was elected president of the Argentine-Quebec-Canada Cultural Society (SCAQC). That same year she began teaching at Studio Tango, in Montreal, where she spends the greater part of the year. For the rest of the year, her time is spent in Buenos Aires, where she is part of the teaching group of Susana Miller and Maria Plazaola’s Academia.
Karen has performed on the stages of the Spectrum, the Salle Pierre Mercure, at Drummondville’s International Folklore Festival, in the television series Scoop and Femmes, une histoire inédite and has participated in the films Hollow Point, Macadam Tango and Upside Down.

Karen Simon is known for her musicality, her attention to detail, her elegance and her great love of tango that she transmits to her students with enthusiasm and a precise pedagogy developed over 18 years of teaching. 

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