Karina was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She started dancing at a very young age, performing in flamenco and folk dance productions. Karina trained in classical ballet at the Instituto Nacional de Danza in Guayaquil, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. Professionally, Karina has danced for Ballet of Teatro Centro de Arte in Guayaquil doing classical repertoire. She has also danced for the renowned Danzas Jazz Theater Company, performing leading roles in musical theater productions throughout Ecuador. Internationally, she has danced for Ballet de Cámara of Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile.
In the United States, she toured 53 cities and 21 states with the Boston Flamenco Ballet. Her extensive dance career in America also includes several works with professional companies such as South Florida Ballet Theater, The Florida Grand Opera, Staten Island Ballet, Carnival Cruise Lines, BalaSole Dance Company, Ballet for Young Audiences-Ballet Repertory NYC, Pilobolus, Neglia Ballet Artists, Some Dance Company, as well as production companies in the entertainment industry.
Her classical repertoire includes soloist roles in "The Nutcracker" as well as "Swan Lake," "Giselle," "La Bayadère," "Sleeping Beauty," "Carmen," "Spring Waters" and others. Her musical theater credits include "The Beauty and the Beast," "Cats," "Grease," "The King and I," "Annie," "The Wiz," "A Christmas Carol," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Hair."
In 2011, Karina was invited to perform in the opening of the Nanning International Folk Song Arts Festival, appearing live for more than 50,000 people and on 23 different television stations throughout Southeastern Asia. Since 2012, she has performed as a guest principal dancer in "The Nutcracker" productions of multiple dance companies.
Karina is a certified ballet teacher of the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum for all levels (primary to level 7 & pas de deux). She currently works as an artistic director and dance faculty with her own dance business in South America as well as a dancer, dance judge and teacher in the United States.