The National Executive Board of Directors of the Cecchetti Council of America is proud to present a brief bio of KARLA HARRIS:
Karla Harris received her early dance training from Annette Van Dyke as well as many others and her Cecchetti training from Anida Sedala. She was graduated from Millikin University cum laude with a B.A. in Secondary Education majoring in English, French, and Spanish.
Karla danced professionally in New York City with the Radio City Rockettes after her graduation from Millikin University.
She has decades of teaching experience, successfully presenting students and teachers for Cecchetti exams. Previous owner and director of Northbrook Dance Center, she was also Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre North, a regional performing ballet company.
Former students have performed in industrials, television, and in jazz and ballet companies. Others have continued on to college careers including a Ph.D. in Dance and Somatic Education.
Karla holds her Advanced Teaching Certification and is a Fellow of the Cecchetti Council of America. In the Midwest Committee, she has held the positions of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Workshop Principal, and Publicity Chairman. Karla is a Permanent Examiner and Liaison Officer for the CCA.
She currently resides in Northbrook, Illinois and is teaching at the Northwest Ballet Academy.