Karlee has been immersed in the Performing Arts since the age of four, studying all facets of the industry including jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, singing, and acting. She attended The McDonald College of Performing Arts from Years 7 to 10, and spent Years 11 and 12 at TDHS (Brent St High School). Karlee completed her Certificate IV Full-time at Brent Street Studios, and is signed to Grayboy the Agency.
Highlighted TV and commercial credits include: ‘Dance Academy’ featured for ABC television, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 3 Grand Finale for Network Ten, Helpmann Awards Sydney Opera House, The Australian Dance Awards Sydney Opera House, ‘Sunrise’ Channel 7, the ‘Mornings’ Breakfast Program Channel Nine singing Marvin Hamlisch’s ‘What I Did For Love’ ‘A Chorus Line’, Australian Open Women’s Finals 2011 Rod Laver Arena Live Broadcast Channel 7, Ramsay Golden Jubilee Gala Sydney Town Hall, Dally M Awards 2013 at The Star Sydney, Perth Telethon Live Broadcast Channel 7, Twisted Broadway NIDA, ‘Pants Off’ Charity Cabaret Slide Bar, Woolworths Carols in the Domain.
Karlee made her professional Musical Theatre debut in 2009 in Disney’s ‘High School Musical Live On Stage’ (Really Useful Company) playing the Capitol Theatre Sydney.
The following year saw Karlee cast in David Atkins’ ‘Hairspray The Musical’ (Dainty Consolidated Entertainment). Understudying both Little Inez and all of the Three Dynamites, she performed in Sydney at The Lyric Theatre, and Melbourne at the historical Princess Theatre.
Karlee then went on to play her first major role ‘Diana Morales’ in the Australian revival of ‘A Chorus Line’. She received positive reviews from the media for her rendition of ‘Nothing’ and the iconic 70’s anthem ‘What I Did for Love’. Directed by Baayork Lee and Michael Gorman, it played to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Singapore.
Aside from her Musical Theatre experiences, Karlee has danced for the Home & Away actor Johnny Ruffo, performing as his backup dancer touring nationally and internationally.
She was also a part of ‘The Diamonds’ (SMA Productions) which saw her sing with a team of talented ladies, entertaining the corporate world at various glamorous events both Australia-wide and overseas.
As well as Karlee’s industry presence, she has been fortunate enough to adjudicate eisteddfods and teach classes all over the world, including New Zealand and Hawaii. She hopes to share her passion and creativity with many more dance communities both near and far, and is thrilled to be teaching at Dance Central.