Founder and Artistic Director
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Carmen is a dancer, choreographer, educator, filmmaker, and emerging scholar. She was raised both in Lima, Peru, and in the Bay Area. Her interest with Afro-Peruvian dance lies in the intersection of the practice as a way to strengthen traditions and cultural identity, and using the practice as an art form and vehicle for self-expression.
Carmen teaches Creative Dance to young children in Oakland and Berkeley. She has taught dance to children and adults in the Bay Area and in rural communities in El Salvador and Peru. Her choreographies have been presented both locally and internationally.
Carmen has published dance research in the African Performance Review. Most recently she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Dance to Peru (2015-2016). Her first dance documentary “Herencia de Un Pueblo (Inheriting a Legacy )” shot in El Carmen, Peru, was awarded Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.
She holds a B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Dance from Mills College.