Twyla Kowalenko

Twyla Kowalenko (BA Queens, MSW Columbia) is actively involved in ecstatic dance, free movement and contact improvisation communities in Toronto and abroad. With a background in social work, community development and facilitation, she has been working at a community level since 2009 exploring and addressing the financial, physical and perceptual barriers that keep people from accessing dance practices and has witnessed much healing, empowerment, reconnection and community-development grow out of such dance spaces. She looks forward to taking these explorations into the academic realm to further reveal and surmount both the superficial and subtle obstacles that limit our society’s members’ access, enjoyment and benefit of dance practice.