Karina Cardella was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she began her dance training at the age of three at Royal Dance Works. Throughout her years at Royal, she competed and won numerous regional awards, in addition to performing at the Phoenix Sun's half time show. Later in her training, she discovered her love for concert dance and classical ballet and began training at the Arizona School of Classical Ballet. During her time at ASCB she performed principal and soloist roles in ballets such as La Fille Mal Gardee, The Nightingale and The Nutcracker. She also placed third in the ensemble division at Youth America Gran Prix. Karina attended all four years of high school at Barry Goldwater High where she finished the International Baccalaureate Dance Program. Additionally, Karina completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Program at The University of Arizona in 2017 and she now holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Throughout her studies in college, Karina was selected to perform in various ballet, modern and jazz pieces, one including a principal role in a master work titled "Antique Epigraphs," choreographed by Jerome Robbins. In addition to her achievements at school, she has performed in two professional shows as a soloist with the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra. Karina is a dance teacher and choreographer and she has found a love for sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with others. Karina is currently dancing with the Big Muddy Dance Company as an apprentice for their 2017 - 2018 season.