About

Karen Barbee


Find out about this internationally renowned belly dance instructor with a special love for improvisation and the music behind the belly dance.

Karen Barbee 

Karavan Studio owner and professional belly dancer, Karen Barbee Adkisson, has been teaching students in the art of belly dance techniques for more than 30 years.


Her expertise at the national and international level is technique and professional progression. With an analytical background, Karen's methodical approach to belly dancing integrates movement analysis; breakdown of that movement; and then relating it in a logical fashion to her students.

Karen has published an e-book on her philosophies as well as an adult coloring book, Kolor Your Perspective, with some of her most popular philosophy topics.

Karavan Studio in San Antonio, Texas has been home to belly dance training for all ages and fitness levels since 1988.  


For the serious dance student, from beginners to the competitive performer, women of all ages learn the art of belly dancing in a structured, culturally respectful environment.


Private, group, workshop, and online belly dancing video lessons are available to registered students. Affordably priced, belly dancing instruction can be available to anyone interested in mastering this artful cultural dance.




What is Project Band?


Ever wondered what it feels like to dance to live music... on a regular basis?


Each Fall, Karen Barbee's local and remote belly dance students begin their improvisational journey with classes as well as numerous appearances with live bands throughout the year -- culminating in her annual "Give Belly Dance a Chance" live band performance weekend.

We've pulled together a sampler pack of videos that gives you a sense of the experience, familiarizes you with the curriculum, and may even inspire you to be a part of our 2019-2020 class.


This sampler includes:

  • Find out about Project Band 2018 - 2019
  • Project Band - What it's all about!
  • Our 2017 Project Band Launch Class 
  • 24 Characteristics to Consider in Your Drum Solo
  • Project Band Lecture with Michael Ibrahim, Conductor of National Arab Orchestra
  • Karen Barbee in Performance to live music