Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Professor, received her masters in Exercise Science from the University of Washington in 1984. Her lifelong work has focused on application of scientific principles to enhance alignment and movement performance while lowering injury risk.
She is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches Functional Anatomy for Dance, Placement for the Dancer, Pilates I, Pilates II and Scientific Principles Applied to Teaching Technique. She helped design and is the advisor for the innovative Option in Dance Science, within the BA Dance Degree, that went into effect in Fall 2003 . Ms. Clippinger also serves as the Coordinator for the Pilates Studio located in the Dance Center and is actively involved in promoting high standards for certification of Pilates Instructors.
Prior to her appointment at CSULB, Ms. Clippinger worked as a clinical kinesiologist for 22 years, including at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle. She has worked with hundreds of dancers/ performers including members of the Joffrey, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mark Morris, Bill Evans, Alwin Nikolais, and Cirque Du Soleil companies. She has also consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. Race Walking Team, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and California's Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Ms. Clippinger has given over 400 presentations in Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and throughout the United States including at conferences for the American College of Sports Medicine, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Body Arts and Science International, Body Mind Spirit, International Dance Exercise Association, Pilates Method Alliance, Balanced Body-Pilates on Tour, International Association of Biomechanics in Sports, and the Olympic Scientific Congress. She has taught workshops at numerous universities including the University of Calgary, Cornish Institute of the Arts, Duke University, University of Hawaii, Stanford University and the University of Washington.
Ms. Clippinger has authored numerous articles and chapters. She wrote an exercise column for Shape Magazine for four years and served as one of the founding co-editor-in-chiefs of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science from 1996 to 2005. Her textbook Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology was released in 2007, received excellent professional reviews, and has been adopted by many prestigious universities. She co-authored a lay book Pilates Anatomy with Rael Isacowitz that was released in 2011, and is already being translated into German, Spanish, Hebrew, Russian, Czeck, Portuguese, French, and Korean languages.