Hi. This is me. With good lighting. 

My head and arm

 I’m Karen Burns. To my shock I live in a suburb and I like it. I moved to Chandler, Arizona 18 years ago, kinda by mistake. But I stayed anyway.


Love and Shenanigans

This is my family. 

The husband is Keith, A Very Patient Man.

The laughing girls/women are the daughters; Hannah, The Oldest and Talia, The Youngest. They were 21 and 20 when I captured this moment last year. We didn’t plan them to be born so close to each other. Oops. It’s been a great though.

We also have Chewiethedog, and what appears to be a cat, Surely. Her full name is Don’t Call Me Shirley. She’s not a great cat-type-thing. Chewiethedog is one of the best things that has ever happened to our family. And Surelythecat is…beautiful. She’d be ideal if she were nice, and not a threat to other living things. Like lizards. And birds. I love her deeply anyway.

These are my jobs: teaching dance, acting, storytelling, piano and voice at local studios and Central Arizona College. This is the local Chandler Studio: http://sanmarcosmusicacademy.com/  Here are a couple of other studios: in Mesa, http://www.rhythmandmotiondance.com/ And in Scottsdale, http://www.dancefusionaz.com/

Some of my credits:

In my life before I had children, and sometimes after, just not enough. I was a professional dancer and actor. As a dancer I’ve been: a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, worked off-broadway, in music videos, onstage and in a touring dance company for 15 years. As an actor: I was on The Young and the Restless, Santa Barbara, Thirty Something, in music videos and sooooo many theatre productions. I am so very glad I was brave and pursued all of these things. Dancing and acting and God (not in that order) saved me and is the reason I’m still alive. I think.

And this too!!

Acting, writing. I’m an ordained minister. The minister thing is AWESOME! I can only marry ’em, bury ’em and baptize ’em, but I could do this everyday if someone would let me. http://hereontheculdesac.com/weddings


lazy carnivorous beast


She believes she can fly.

You can email me if you want! karen@burnsitup.com