Karen Blank is a graduate of Mary Washington College with a BA in Dance. She received her early training from the Washington School of Ballet, under Mary Day and Martin Buckner, and the Fairfax Ballet under Illona and Tom Russell. She studied modern dance under Kathy Harty Gray, who was a student of Martha Graham at Julliard. She also trained with Bertram Ross and Diane Gray of the Graham Company. Performance experience includes the Hampton Harty Dance Company, Center Dance Company, and the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre. She was a founding member of the Arlington Center for Dance under Katherine Fredgren.