Karis began ballet classes aged just two. By the age of six she was chosen to take part in the Royal Opera House’s Chance to Dance program and began attending weekly ballet lessons under the direction of Royal Ballet dancers and teachers where she excelled in creative workshops and performance.

By age seven, Karis was a Royal Ballet School Junior Associate and quickly progressed into the Royal Ballet School itself. During her training, Karis performed extensively with the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet. Her first performance on a major stage was with The Royal Ballet in The Tales Of Beatrix Potter, choreographed by Sir Fredrick Ashton, in which she danced the role of a baby mouse aged just 9!

A troublesome injury sadly brought an end to Karis’ main stage career however during her rehabilitation she rediscovered how positive self-expression was crucial to her recovery. She channeled this into a passion for teaching others. More than just technique, Karis believes in helping clients discover how healing classical ballet can be, even for complete beginners.

In 2011, Karis received her teacher training qualification from the Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House and is based in London but also teaches ballet around the world. Regarded as one of the 'go to' ballet teachers in London, Karis's clients range from complete beginners to world renowned professional dancers, actors, singers and European Royal Family members. 

In 2017, Karis was invited to be a Master In Residence of the Shangri-La Villingili resort in the Maldives and in August 2019 sh will become the new Artist En Casa of Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa in Bahia, Brazil. 

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“Having trained in ballet for the majority of my life, I am truly passionate about its history and technique but also of how healing it can be. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than the ability to move your body to beautiful music and to just dance! The very fact that there are people in the world who share this passion and wish to discover how ballet can benefit them at any stage of life is so inspiring to me. I enjoy seeing my clients grow through ballets’ ever rewarding challenges. It’s life changing, not just for them but for me too.”

Karis Scarlette
Founder, En Avant Ballet