Karina Hernandez Senior Classical Teacher

Karina began her dancing career at the age of 3 and was accepted into the Australian Ballet School in 1993 and completed their three year diploma course. Upon her graduation, she joined The Australian Ballet Company and was fortunate to work with Maina Gielgud AO. Maina staged her highly acclaimed ‘Giselle’ and ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ for the Company which Karina thoroughly enjoyed performing both in Australia and overseas. During her time with the Company she also worked with many leading choreographers and guest teachers during this time, including Gelsey Kirkland and Jiri Kylian when he came to Australia to stage one of his famous ballets ‘Forgotten Land’.

In 1996, she joined Birmingham Royal Ballet as a First Artist and danced many leading roles with the company. She especially enjoyed working with leading choreographer and director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley CBE. Some highlights of her career are dancing one of her first principal roles in David’s full length ballet ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ with former Principal dancer and soon to be Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare, and dancing with Chi Cao (principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and lead star in the movie ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’) also in one of David’s one act ballets ‘The Protecting Veil’ .                                                                                          

During her time with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Karina studied for and received a Bachelor of Philosophy in ‘Applied Studies in Dance’.                                                                                  

Karina retired from her dancing career in 2005 and has been teaching for The Conlan college ever since. She has also been honoured to adjudicate the McDonalds Ballet Scholarship at City of Sydney Eisteddfod.

Karina is the proud mother of two sons and is an avid NRL fan.