Carlene Newall de Jesus

Carlene Newall de Jesus is an Auckland-based choreographer, arts educator and researcher. She has extensive experience teaching dance in a variety of contexts to people young and old. Carlene has a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance as well as a Bachelor in Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Science (Health Psychology) and is interested in the intersections between art and health. She is currently undertaking her doctoral research with the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research examining the use of dance activities for the wellbeing of older adults. Her practice draws heavily from community dance philosophies and encourages the creative input and ownership of movement from older participants. She is passionate about creating dance experiences for older adults that contribute to wellbeing and provide older adults with a sense of challenge, fun and creative expression.

Carlene’s diverse background in dance informs much of her work, often drawing from her contemporary and hip hop practices. She has been teaching, choreographing, directing and performing dance and aerial arts professionally for over 12 years. Her choreographic projects have been presented and recognized at a range of festivals and conferences including at The University of Dance and Circus in Sweden. She has twice been awarded a top ten finalist spot in the Short and Sweet Dance Festival and has choreographed extensively for stage and a range of television and film projects. She has been awarded two Cultural Blues Awards from the University of Auckland for her contributions to circus and dance.

(Photo by Caroline Bindon; taken from Feisty Feet class)