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Photos by Michael Slobodian (above), Jason Tse (below)

Zachary Cardwell shares dance with people of all ages, physical capabilities, and skill levels across North America. He is proud to be a queer artist working on Indigenous land we call Canada. 

Motivated by quality and accessible arts education, Zachary leads contemporary dance, ballet, and movement workshops at established and developing institutions. Included are: Canada's National Ballet School, University of Toronto, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Assemblée Internationale. 

Since 2022, Zachary has been on faculty at Canada's National Ballet School teaching: Contemporary dance in the Professional Ballet Program and Young Dancers Program, Adult Ballet and Contemporary, Creative Movement workshops at public schools, and Adaptive Dance for youth with diverse needs. 

Programs engaged with community impact drives Zachary to question what dance can be, how dance can be, and for whom

A graduate of Arts Umbrella in Vancouver BC, Zachary has had the pleasure of working closely with Crystal Pite in her capacity as a choreographer, repetiteur, and choreographic mentor from 2015-2017. Shaping a love for choreography and discussion, Zachary's curiosity for process and refinement enables dancers to explore creative voice and choice making.

 Zachary has performed with Toronto Dance Theatre, Echo Chamber Toronto, Dusk Dances, Zata Omm, and hART dance as well as independent artists such as Samantha Sutherland, Jane Alison McKinney, and Alison Keery. His international presence spans Holland, Mexico, and Italy, sharing Canadian made work world wide. 

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