Meet our scholarship students for Spring 2017: Carly Penner and Marissa Wong.
Carly Penner began training from a young age around the Fraser Valley. Having a multiple disciplinary background, she has since narrowed her focus and found a passion for contemporary forms. Carly’s introduction to the Vancouver dance scene was through the Catalyst Dance Program, with whom she’s had the opportunity to perform at various venues and in various festivals. Her drive to pursue further training brought her to study in Israel through the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s Dance Journey Program, where she had the opportunity to learn Culberg Ballet repertoire, KCDC repertoire, perform an original piece by a current company member, and take class from various Israeli artists including Vertigo and Batsheva members. Since arriving home from Israel, Carly has returned to train for another two seasons with Catalyst, has been an understudied an original DezzaDance work, and created a piece alongside Sophie Brassard for Vines Art Festival. This fall Carly joined DezzaDance as a company member for their most recent performance.
Marissa Wong received her postgraduate training at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin. She has choreographed and premiered works in San Francisco, Ottawa, Vancouver, and at Montreal’s FRINGE festival, and has attended choreographic residencies through DORSALE Danse, SAFEhouse Arts, and 12 minutes max. She had the the opportunity to create with Mascall Dance and perform works by Iratxe Ansa, Uri Sands, Sandrine Cassini, and Gregory Dawson. Most recently she became co-director of TWObigsteps collective where she continues to create work.
Photo by Jack Sommer
Previous scholarship programs:
Fall 2016: Alejandra Miranda and Joanna Reyes
Spring 2016: Megan Hunter and Sarah Robinson
Fall 2015: Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien and Triska Cooper
Spring 2015: Antonio Somera and Charlotte Newman
Fall 2014: Tricha Hamstra and Lesley Kosinski
Spring 2014: Cody Cox and Karley Kyle-Moffat
Winter 2014: Kelly McInnes
Fall 2013: Gemma Crowe and Jennifer Hamman