Donna Carnow is a Brooklyn-based artist, choreographer, performer, and teacher. Originally from the Chicago-land area, Donna holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated as a James Scholar. Upon graduation, Donna received the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for Student Choreography from the Dance at Illinois faculty in "recognition of the excellence of your body of choreographic work." Outside of the department, Donna has studied at the American Dance Festival (2014), New York University Tisch School of the Arts Summer Dance Residency (2016), and Bates Dance Festival (2016, 2017). Donna is also an ElevatED Level 1 and Level 2 certified pole fitness and dance instructor and has taught for the past two years at Defy Gravity Pole Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio. She was also recently certified in teaching both aerial hoop and silks by Ryan Schmidt in June, 2017. Donna has showcased her choreographic work at Body & Pole (New York, NY), Links Hall (Chicago, IL), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, IL), Defy Gravity Pole Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio (Champaign, IL), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), and more. Donna is now in New York City working at Movement Research as their Production Intern, is a work-study for Body & Pole for the year of 2018, and continuing pursue her professional dance career.
I believe in the magic of movement and the people who conjure it. My choreographic work is a vehicle to show the strength and vulnerability of those navigating the space. I am driven by a hunger to eat up the space, indulging in the feelings of both falling down and rebounding back up again. This use of swelling momentum is present in between and across the various vocabularies that exist in my body. My art hosts a generous environment that offers the opportunity to explore, feel, empathize, and stretch both the brains and the hearts of those participating. I desire to stimulate thought, redefine expectations, challenge the forms, and unearth questions.