Nyla Carpentier

Nyla Carpentier

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Fancy Shawl and Jingle Dancing

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan/Kaska) first started to dance at the Odawa Powwow in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. She started off as a traditional dancer though quickly found that the high energy of the fancy shawl suited her best. As a child she learned by watching other dancers in the powwow circle, following their footsteps and then practicing her moves. Over the past 25 years she also learned how to dance jingle and other styles. Since moving to Vancouver in 2005, Nyla has had the opportunity to teach powwow dancing to the youth, dance workshops for Raven Spirit Dance Intensive and performed at various festivals. She can be found at the Vancouver friendship centre most Mondays and Tuesday nights practicing and teaching anyone who’d like to learn.  Nyla is very grateful to her teachers and friends in the powwow community for all their support and encouragement. When’s she not dancing you can find her teaching her Powwow Bootcamp classes, writing and acting. In 2010 Nyla formed her baby company Screaming Turtle Performance as a vehicle to share contemporary-traditional stories and dances. Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future. In the fall of 2013, she debuted her first one act play, 21st Century Tricksters at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. You can find Screaming Turtle Performance on facebook.! She was also hoping about as Raven in Axis Theatre’s theatre’s Raven meets the Monkey King which toured in this past Fall and Winter.  Nyla currently lives in Vancouver, BC where she is pursuing her career as a performing artist blending her skills in Theatre and Dance.