About PSB & Interplay Dance
PSB Dance Academy was founded by Karen Davies Thomas in 1989. In its humble beginnings, PSB opened its doors to 12 young, aspiring dancers, and the school has grown to over 400 students. Interplay was founded in 1983 by Anna McCowan Johnson and upon her retirement, ownership of the school was turned over to Karen.
Karen is a graduate of the National Ballet School’s teacher’s training program and is accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Dance, Modern and National Dance Branch. Karen is a fellow in the Cecchetti Society.
After travelling, and training and touring with the Toronto Dance Theatre and dance companies in Europe & Japan, Karen returned to Canada to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree at York University, during which time she performed throughout Ontario with the York Dance Ensemble. Her teaching experience includes, among many other schools, The National Ballet School of Canada, Ballet Jörgen and George Brown College, York University, Ryerson University, L’école superieure Méditerranéenne, Quinte Ballet School, Claude Watson Program for the Arts at Earl Haig Secondary School, Mooredale House, Branksome Hall, and Bishop Strachan School. Karen has adjudicated in local competitions in Toronto and throughout Ontario.
Karen has trained and worked with renowned choreographers like Betty Oliphant, Carole Chadwick, Glenn Gilmour, Mavis Staines, Jean Geddis, Deborah Bowes, Kenny Pearl, Darrel Tracey, Pat Miner, Pat Fraser, Karen Duplisea, David Earle, Holly Small, and Donna Krasnow.
Karen founded the PSB Dance Academy in 1989 and was formerly Associate Director of Interplay School of Dance, where she taught for many years and built a strong Modern Dance program and formed Interplay Dance Company. She acquired ownership of Interplay School of Dance when founder Anna McCowan Johnson retired in July 2006. Karen is married to Joel Thomas and has three children: Dylan, Celine, and Julie. Her two daughters are enrolled at PSB, and just might be following in her footsteps.
PSB & Interplay continue to focus on teaching classical ballet in both the Cecchetti and the Royal Academy of Dance styles and offers classes for ages 3 to Adult. Programs include recreational, pre-professional, and competitive, in various dance forms, including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Acro, Tap, Musical Theatre, and special boys training, depending on age, ability and desire. Both schools offer intensive and enhanced dance training for talented students who wish to pursue a professional career in dance, as well as the opportunity to perform with PSB's Profile Dance Company, Interplay's Dance Company, and Competitive Teams. Summer dance programs are offered for both intensive and recreational students. Many students trained at PSB and Interplay are accepted at Canada's most prestigious dance schools: the National Ballet School of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Alberta Ballet School, Goh Ballet School, and Quinte Ballet School. Through participation in study abroad dance programs, students have been accepted to study full-time at "L'Académie Méditerranéenne de danse" in Marseille, France. PSB and Interplay are proud to have several alums complete post-secondary degrees and have become certified to teach dance at PSB & Interplay and at performing arts schools.
Karen is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree from York University. She is accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Dance, Modern and National Dance Branch. Karen is a fellow in the Cecchetti Society.