Karina is the founder and Artistic Director of Karin Kirkland School of Dance.
Karina has been trained in Vaganova style classical ballet at the Ballet School of Yerevan, Armenia. Upon graduation she joined Opera and Ballet National Theatre of Yerevan as a ballet artist.
She then studied languages at Yerevan State University and earned her MS in oriental studies in 2008. During the course she traveled to Syria and took her passion to dance with her. While learning the language she also taught Armenian dances in Damascus, Syria.
Upon moving to USA, Karina continued pursuing her dream of teaching dance and worked with a number of ballet schools in the greater Seattle area.