Article by: Ms. Carla Matthews, MHSA, M.Ed
Karma’s Dance Factory at 5808 Johnny Cake Road, Suites C/D, in Baltimore, MD, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at 4 pm on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Windsor Mill Middle School. For 20 years, its founder, Karma Sewell-Carpenter, has been both a dance instructor and a mentor to children in the Woodlawn area. She began fulfilling her dream of opening a dance studio, teaching dance and theater in the Woodlawn community in 1998.
Karma was born and raised in Queens, New York, with a vision of teaching dance. She was first introduced to dance as a child by Ms. B’Jai Pierce-Astwood, Director of The Children’s Theater at The Black Spectrum Theater in New York. Karma cites Ms. Pierce-Astwood as the reason why she wanted to dance and teach others.
Karma’s teaching career began with 30 students in an after-school program at Powhattan Elementary School. She then progressed through other after-school programs in the area. When it comes to her students, who are diverse in age and national origin, and as young as age three, Karma is highly motivated. Her lessons incorporate not only dance, but life lessons for her high risk children. She focuses on keeping them safe and off the streets, and uses dance to enhance their self-worth.
I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Ms. Karma Sewell-Carpenter for the past 13 years as a parent. She was the first dance instructor of my daughter, Maya, who was then age eight. My daughter, who is now 21 years old, currently dances for Hampton University, and attributes her talent and drive to Karma, who has shown support and love for Maya and for all her students.
You can find details about the 20th Anniversary celebration at http://www.karmasdancefactory.com
CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. KARMA SEWELL-CARPENTER FOR A WONDERFUL JOB CREATING DANCERS AND ACHIEVERS OF TOMORROW!