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Resume | Professional Experience | Ballet Training | Performance | Teaching | Other | Education | Albuquerque Ballet Company

Karen V. Cotter •
(505) 242-5636 • FAX 1-877-388-8131 • Cell (505) 321-0152

Vital Statistics at a Glance

Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair: Auburn
Eyes: Hazel/Green
Passport: Current
Agent: Self
Age range: 40–70


Professional Experience:
film, television, vocals, and dance

Film and TV

Buffalo Girls, Townswoman

Digit Pace, US Department of Energy, training film (8 different roles)

Walker: Texas Ranger, Townswoman (2 episodes)

The Staircase, Nun (featured role)

Maniacts, Insane Inmate (featured role)


Nestlé’s Chocolate®


Neff & Associates, voiceovers


Alan Arkin

Jo Edna Boldin

Kathy Brinks

Janet Davidson

Ben Kingsley

Fern Orenstein

Chadwick Struck

Sheila Ivy Traister

Dance and Voice

San Francisco Ballet Company

American Ballet Theater

Southwest Ballet Company


Southwest Opera Company

UNM Opera Studio

Minsk Choreographic School, Belarus, USSR

Santa Fe Opera

Albuquerque Ballet Company, Inc., Founder, President, Artistic Director, Choreographer 1975–1996 (18 original ballets)

Vocalist for the Phil Lenk Quartet/Trio for 8 years appearing at the Rancher's Club, Hilton, Albuquerque


Classical Ballet Training

1951–1959 Maestro Pianowski (Ballet Master to Anna Pavlova)

1960–1961 American Ballet Theatre

1962–1965 San Francisco Ballet Company

1983 Minsk Choreographic School, Minsk, Belarus (USSR)



American Ballet Theatre (dancer)

San Francisco Ballet Company (dancer)

Santa Fe Opera (dancer/choreographer)

Albuquerque Civic Light Opera (dancer/choreographer)

Musical Theatre of Albuquerque (dancer/choreographer)

Opera Southwest (singer/choreographer)

UNM Department of Music (singer/choreographer)

Southwest Ballet Company (dancer)


Teaching Background

Sandia Prep, Albuquerque, NM

Mike Haley School of Dance, Albuquerque, NM

Litka School of Dance, Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque Ballet Company (ABC), Albuquerque, NM
Purchased Krasnoff School of Dance in 1975 and founded new school and company renamed Albuquerque Ballet Company. Remained Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Teacher until retirement in 1996. ABC is now “inactive” but still retains the same Board of Directors as in 1996. In good standing with NM State Corporation Commission as a Non-Profit Corporation. There are future plans for revival of ABC.


Other Skills/Interests

Play most stringed instruments, UNM Fine Arts College (piano/voice)

Extensive vocal background. Can play entertainer roles (all aspects)

2 CD releases, On the Wings of a Flutterby,and Flutterby Bleu

Founder/President, Belarusian Children of Chernobyl, Inc., NM, a non-profit, children’s humanitarian aid organization.

Crew Member, “Breezy Rider,” NM owned balloon

Screen Actors Guild, council, legislative committee, special events

Commissioner, New Mexico Arts Commission




The University of New Mexico, School of Law, Paralegal School

The University of New Mexico, Department of Fine Arts, Music and Voice


Minsk Choreographic School, Minsk, Belarus

High School, The Hamlin School, San Francisco, CA

Grade School, Amarillo, TX


Albuquerque Ballet Company

A New Mexico non-profit organization, founded in 1975 by Karen V. Cotter, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Classical, Contemporary, Original Works Repertory.

Link to

Original/Premiered Ballets

by Karen V. Cotter for Albuquerque Ballet Company

1980 Secret of the Sacred Cenote

1981 Keri

1982 The Mask

1984 Kosmos & Kalypso (world premiere)

1986 Pas de Trois

1988 Pirouette, All That Gershwin

1989 Tete a Tete, Nova, Tour de Force

1990 Bugsy’s, Fragile, Handle with Care

1991 Black Orpheus

1992 Wolf and The Raven, The Shooting of Dan McGre,Northern Lights

1993 Southwestern Scenes

1994 Out to Lunch, Back at One

1995 Final Nutcracker,

The Nutcracker had been presented from 1979–1996, at the KiMo Theatre (official home of ABC and City Ballet Company), Albuquerque Little Theatre, Albuquerque; Red Rock State Park, Gallup; NMSU, Grants Campus & other venues over the 17 years of annual production. Cast varied from 58–130, depending on use of local dancers in touring productions.

Vanessa playing Clara in the Nut Cracker

Vanessa playing Clara at the final performance of The Nutcracker

Children’s Ballets

Created by Karen V. Cotter for Albuquerque Ballet Company

1985 Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals

1993 Winnie the Pooh & Tigger Too

1994 Peter Pan

1994 Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Classical Ballets

Choreographed by Karen V. Cotter for Albuquerque Ballet Company

1979 Giselle

1980 Les Patineurs

1981 Cinderella

1982 Sleeping Beauty

1983 Sylvia, Coppelia

1985 Les Sylphides

1986 Gaite Parisienne

1975–1996 Nutcracker





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A recent photo of Karen

a recent photo with karen in a cowboy hat

Karen Performing

Karen and Phil Lenk

Karen smiling

Karen withbraided hair

Flutterby CD cover

Flutterby Bleu CD cover