Was raised in Cameroon and received her ballet training in West Africa. As a teenager, she studied at the Rosella Hightower Dance Center in the south of France. At 16, Karine saw the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform in Paris and the experience set the course for her professional life.
After receiving a scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Center in NYC, Karine danced as a soloist with the Ailey Company for seven years. Other Broadway shows: Movin’ Out (Brenda/Jessica); The Lion King (The Cheetah/Lioness); Saturday Night Fever (Shirley Charles). Television: Sex and the City, Starved, guest star on So You Think You Can Dance, SMASH. Film: Frida (Josephine Baker), Stay, Chicago, and Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. Commercials: EBay, American Express, Visa, Subway, LensCrafters, McDonalds. Concert/Cabaret: La Voix (one-woman show based on J. Cocteau’s ” La Voix Humaine” directed by John Selya); cabaret act portraying Josephine Baker in The Museum of the City of NY; Carnegie Hall tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Karine received a TONY Award, Astaire Award and Drama League Award nominations for her role in COME FLY AWAY. In 2014, She received the Fred and Adele Astaire Award of outstanding female dancer. She has been teaching in major dance schools and universities her own style merging Horton technique, european contemporain and acting. Karine is also the founder of Nail Your Auditions focusing on helping the dancers to win in all their auditions.