Arwyn Carpenter, Contemporary artist featured at Pulse Ontario Dance Conference

Arwyn Carpenter

Dance Style

Workshop Description
Discover what you have to say as an artist, challenge your mind and body, and learn a little more about yourself along the way. Arwyn Carpenter's Body Go Contemporary Dance workshop leads participants of all levels of dance exposure through a Technique Class that includes simple but powerful rhythmic steps, lyrical arms gestures, expressive use of torso and structured improvisations. This will be followed by a Choreography and Composition Session where dancers will learn an excerpt of choreography, have a chance to alter it to make it their own, and finally perform it for each other in groups. This workshop promises thrilling physicality and the satisfaction of having honestly expressed one's inner voice.

Artist Bio
Dancer, choreographer and teacher Arwyn Carpenter explores physical narrative drawing on rich emotional experience in the tradition of José Limon. She specializes in dance for young artists. She has created numerous works for the Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, where she has been a teacher and director for over 20 years, and five works for the dancers of Cawthra Park Secondary School. Arwyn acted as rehearsal assistant to Nacho Duarto at New York University where she earned an MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts.

Arwyn has also taught at York and Ryerson Universities, as well as at Canada's National Ballet School. Her training includes classical ballet, Graham and Limon modern techniques, experimental "downtown" contemporary, West African and improvisation. Her research on dancers and dance teaching has been presented at both the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science's meeting in New York and at the Performing Arts Medicine Association's meeting in Aspen, Colorado. Her work was commissioned by the Youth Arts Festival in Singapore. She is a member of the Canadian Dance Alliance.

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