Fabulous People: Carley Conder


Who is Carley Conder?

Named Phoenix New Times’s “Best Dancer of 2015,” Carley Conder is an Arizona native from Yuma who is the Artistic Director of CONDER/dance, a mother of 3 and a wife.

What is Carley Conder’s story?

As an Arizona native, Carley studied with qualified, dedicated ballet teachers that instilled in her the discipline of the technique and love of the art form. In college, she enjoyed a rigorous dance training program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where she was exposed to a broad range of styles and options for a career in the field of dance. After graduating with an MFA in Modern Dance, Carley moved back to the Valley and decided to dedicate herself to making a career in the arts here in Arizona. Following her dreams, she married an architect, had her first child, and started her own dance company, CONDER/dance.

CONDER/dance has become a strong creative force here in Arizona. Carley’s talent and passion attracts dance artists from all over the world for their annual dance and film festival: Breaking Ground. On January 29th & 30th, Tempe Center for the Arts will host Breaking Ground with a full weekend of performances and master classes. Nine years running, the event has grown to be recognized as a nationally significant platform to see the most current voices in contemporary dance.

When Carley isn’t performing in theaters all over the valley, or teaching dance as a Faculty Associate at Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, inspiring them and making sure they follow their dreams as well.

Carley Conder’s future dream?

Carley dreams of traveling to Israel to study a dance form called Gaga, originated by a world-renowned choreographer Ohad Saharan who lives in Tel Aviv. It is a training technique that allows the dancer to tap into their own way of moving and healing.

What makes Carley Conder fabulous?

When we asked Carley what she thinks makes someone fabulous, she said honesty, kindness, humor, creativity and fearlessness. We think Carley possesses all of these characteristics and the way she has shared her gift and talent with so many others through CONDER/dance and Breaking Ground makes her pretty fabulous too!

Carley Conder’s Favorite Quote?

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” – John Cage, composer

For more information about CONDER/dance and their upcoming festival, January 29th & 30th, 2016 at Tempe Center for the Arts go to www.conderdance.com.



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