Threads dancer Jen James leaping into the air
The world is still not a perfect place, but it is better and can be better. I have created Threads Dance Project to move towards that better humanity. Karen L. Charles

Artistic Director & Founder, Threads Dance Project

The mission of The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project (Threads) is to examine, expose, and celebrate the threads that connect us.


Threads seeks to be a national organization that betters humanity through dance, education, and outreach by:

  • Creating dances that touch on themes of human connectedness
  • Promoting dialogue, understanding, and acceptance of all individuals
  • Celebrating the human spirit through dance performance, arts education, and community-building


  • Diversity
  • Artistic Excellence
  • Storytelling
  • Accessibility
  • Human Connection
Group of Threads Dance dancers performing