Kerry began her dance journey in her early childhood discovering ballet, tap, jazz, Irish and Scottish folk dance. Throughout her teens she performed with the Sydney based Peter Rogers dance group in festivals, with appearances as guests on the midday show! She studied narrative movement, performance and drama at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 1994 and moved to Melbourne. In Melbourne Kerry discovered the African styles of dance. She has performed and danced with Jean-Paul Wabotai, Chris Lesser and Adzahou, Thula Sana, King Marong and Soukous Ba Congo in various venues and festivals. She also danced in South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1996.

In 1994 Kerry joined her mentor and great friend Jacqui Dreessens’ community music and dance group, Wild Moves. She has performed and facilitated workshops using African, Indigenous and creative dance at CERES, Science Works, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Concert Hall, Multicultural festivals including Chapel st, Brunswick st and St Kilda Festival as well as various primary schools in Melbourne.  Kerry has danced with Wild Moves for the last 21 years including recent performances at the Harvest Festival at CERES and The Seven Sisters Festival, 2015.

A move to Daylesford in 2005 and having children led Kerry to work with the maternal health Nurses at Hepburn Health services to facilitate workshops to encourage adult and child connections using dance, songs and stories. Kerry has also facilitated dance to support birthing women and their partners at birth doula workshops. She has encouraged women post birth to embrace their new bodies and increased confidence through Burlesque Dance. In 2012, she worked in collaboration with local artist Tim Burder to document the journey through photography and performance, culminating with a show and exhibition at the Convent Gallery Daylesford.

Kerry has been dancing at Inside Out Dance Theatre both as a mother dancing with her children and as a teacher since 2006. It has been one of her greatest joys to share dance with such an inspiring and dynamic community that are willing to give their children and themselves the chance to explore and express their passion for life through dance.

Kerry Carmen

Creative Dance & African Dance Teacher

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Dance is a universal language. A perfect means of communication that has no boundaries in its expression. It is a wonder and joy to facilitate dance within the community and to witness the humble journey of self discovery that each person undertakes.