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Nyla Carpentier

Nyla is an FNL regular and is loved every time she comes.  Nyla is of the Tahltan and Kaska First Nations, and also is proud of her French and Scottish roots.  Since the age of three, Nyla has been powwow dancing and has traveled to many powwows and danced in multiple festivals. 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 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.


When she’s not dancing you can find  her acting and writing. Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage – her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future. She has debuted her first one act play, 21st Century Tricksters at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and has created a powwow-based dance piece, Equating Echoes with musician David Newberry. Recently, Nyla can be found sharing poetry at Slam competitions in Vancouver and facilitating poetry/dance/theatre workshops in schools.



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