Dance Development Officer


Karen Watts

Karen Watts has been Dance Ihayami’s development officer since 2007. With a background in community development, Karen manages Dance Ihayami’s community engagement programme, developing and implementing projects throughout Scotland that support the company’s touring work, and aim to raise the profile of Indian art forms in Scotland. Karen has vast experience of working with people of all ages and abilities, using the strong narrative element of Indian classical dance as a way of fostering artistic aspiration and uncovering creativity. 

Born in Ireland, Karen moved to Scotland in 2002, where, using her Masters degree in Community Development, she worked as a development worker with different Edinburgh-based charities for five years. She has always had a passion for dance, and after 23 years of ballet, she tried a Bharatanatyam class. It was not long before she was hooked, and now she combines her work with her passion for dance.