Michaelene Karlen was crowned Miss Minnesota 2018 and will compete at the national finals of Miss America 2019, scheduled for September 9 in Atlantic City. She competed as Miss South Central.
Karlen is a professional dancer, model, founder of her own skincare company, Ballerina Botanicals, founder of Raise The Barre. She was born in Rochester, MN and began her classical ballet training at age three. At age six she performed with Children’s Dance Theatre in Rochester. She continued her training with Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton, all the while attending dance intensives with MDT, Jacobs Pillow, and Lines Ballet.
In May of 2016 Michaelene graduated from the Ailey/Fordham University Bachelor of Fine Arts program in New York City. It is here in New York where she worked with renowned choreographers such as Jae Man Joo, Michele Wiles, Emery LeCrone, Francesca Harper, Matthew Rushing, Sylvia Waters, all of whom inspired her to set her own choreography.