Karen Arceneaux

Karen received her B.F.A. in Choreographic Design from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) and Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She has trained at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and The Ailey School. After graduating from The Ailey School, Arceneaux worked as the Administrative Assistant to the School Director and B.F.A. Program Co-Director. She later served as the School Administrator from 1999-2004. Since 1999, she has choreographed for the annual Christmas concert at Saint Paul’s Church in New York, working with dancers from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program. She has also choreographed for ULL and various performance groups and school programs at The Ailey School. As the Founder/Artistic Director of Genesis Dance Company, L.L.C., her work has been presented throughout New York, Connecticut, Michigan, and South Carolina.

Arceneaux was featured in MORE magazine in a campaign called “Strong Suits”, celebrating the strength of women who use their bodies in professions such as dance, stunt work, and fitness. Dedicated to fitness and always enthused about creating new programs to help individuals reach their personal fitness goals, Arceneaux is a certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist, and TRX Suspension trainer. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and Zumba instructor. Never relenting in her mission to be an inspiration to others, Arceneaux teaches and trains privately in NYC and Long Island and has her own Elite Physique247 fitness class schedule in Long Island that is growing in popularity.

Featured News Releases

Ailey Extension Celebrates Women’s HERstory Month with Two Special Workshops

To celebrate Women’s HERstory Month in March, Ailey Extension presents two workshops to promote health awareness and empower women of all shapes and sizes. On Tuesday, March 14th at 7 p.m. three of Ailey Extension’s top dance and fitness instructors – Sarita Allen, Karen Arceneaux, and Sarah Rozek – lead a Women’s Health and Fitness Day workshop. On Saturday, March 25th at 7 p.m. Pretty BIG Movement’s founder and CEO Akira Armstrong instructs the Move Your Curves workshop designed for voluptuous, plus-sized women.

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DanceTeacher - Spotlight on Karen Arceneaux

It's hard to believe Karen Arceneaux's formal dance training began when she switched her college major from chemistry to earn a BFA in choreographic design. Arceneaux immediately hit the ground running, training at the American Dance Festival, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and The Ailey School, where she was mentored by internationally recognized master teacher Ana Marie Forsythe.

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Dr. Oz's The Good Life

Karen Arceneaux: "When my mom first started working out, she couldn't do a single push-up. She did 120 in an exercise class recently!"