Nyla Carpentier

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan/Kaska) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in Vancouver, BC. She 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. Now with over 25 years of experience she also teaches the various powwow styles, sharing the dance steps and the history. In 2011, in partnership with Raven Spirit Dance Company, Nyla started the popular Powwow Bootcamp class which runs during the winter for 6 weeks at the Dance Centre in Vancouver. When she’s not dancing you can find her acting and writing. 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. In 2014 she created a powwow based dance piece, Equating Echoes with musician David Newberry for Brief Encounters 21. She was also hoping about as Raven in Axis Theatre’s Raven meets the Monkey King which toured in 2013 and 2014.  Recently, Nyla has begun to share her poetry at Slam competitions in Vancouver and facilitating poetry/dance/theatre workshops in schools.