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Karen Hardy Studios celebrate Favourite Business Award

Posted on September 25, 2012

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karen-hardyAs Karen Hardy Studios approaches its fourth anniversary this December, Karen and her team (pictured) have plenty to celebrate. 

The latest achievement, celebrated at a special event on Sunday, September 2 with the mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Belinda Donovan, in attendance, is a Hammersmith and Fulham Brilliant Business Award.

Karen Hardy Studios won in the “Favourite Business” category, also making the shortlist in the categories of “Best New Business” and “Best Customer Service”. 

Karen had received the news at 4am in China a few weeks previously. She recalls: “I just couldn’t sleep that night…. waiting on the news whether we had won or not had my nervous system on overdrive. I think half of Asia heard my scream though as soon as I could hear Conrad’s confirmation: we had won!” 

The celebratory night also acknowledged members who had just passed a certification for their dance achievements and the Karen Hardy Studios’ “Team GB” who had entered the first ever Pro-Am Killick Klassik event in Palm Beach, Miami. 

Not only did the team of 30 return with numerous medals and trophies, but Karen Hardy Studios was runner-up in the “Overall Best Studio” category. 

Karen and her husband, Conrad Murray, wish to send their personal thanks to everyone for their support. Says Conrad: “Choosing to open the studio during a recession has had its challenging times and it’s moments such as this that make all the hard work worthwhile.” 

With their new Let’s Party-themed nights, starting on October 27 for Halloween, and the launch of Karen Hardy Dance Academy for Children, there is more to look forward to for 2012 and 2013. For any further information about Karen Hardy Studios, see, email or call 08455 671 155. 

Photograph © Andrew West

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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