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Karen Earl Memorial Scholarship

Karen Moore Earl was a student founder of the Opening Door Dance Theatre along with LeAnne Smith, and Sandy Rodriguez in 1984.  Karen was a faculty member at Southwest Texas State University/Texas State University from 1986-2004.  Her dancing was exquisite, her choreography breath taking, and her teaching was masterful.

Karen lived every day of her 47 years with a vibrancy and intensity that left a lasting impression on all who knew her.  The stunning beauty of her everyday life leaves its mark on her family, friends, colleagues and students. We are better for having known her, as she modeled for us love, wisdom, courage, compassion, strength and integrity.  Karen was loved so much by her family and friends, who will miss her and cherish her memory forever.

A student once asked Karen, “If you were to retire, what would you want your students to remember about your teaching?” Karen replied, “To always remember why you are dancing and to keep that fire burning in your heart.”