Carmen is the Director of SQx Dance Company (sqxdance.org) which is based in Area I (South Slocan) of the Regional District of Central Kootenay in BC.
Four years ago, Carmen's Member of Parliament, Alex Atamanenko, urged her to expand SQx's art and culture public engagement to young people who may not already take part in leadership, athletic, or art and culture activities. Her work was needed so that young people from diverse and often underprivileged backgrounds could experience a special environment that promotes anti-bullying, anti-racism, imagination, fitness, teamwork, cooperation, fair-play, and character building in a way that conventional class-room experiences and conventional dance strategies did not.
SQx’s mission is to use contemporary dance to promote kinship, collaboration, and teamwork. Their Interactive Dance Awareness fosters healthy lifestyles and relationships in an interactive environment that combines workshops and performances by their group as well as a collaborative performance performed by SQx and the entire school.
Carmen was recently selected to present SQx’s work on embracing diversity through art and culture and social innovation in "Artists as Agents of Change” at the TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts. She will also be presenting at the Surrey Social Innovation Summit. Carmen was also awarded the British Columbia Social Innovation Youth Award.
This year her work is also presented in Portugal, Iceland, Norway, Poland, and NY.