Assistant Artistic Director, Dancer
Nancy Cardwell began her early training at the National Ballet School and went on to spend five years with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. After two years of dance across Europe and in New York City, Nancy returned to study flamenco in Toronto with Esmeralda Enrique, going on to study intensively with iconic masters in Madrid and Seville including Manuel Betanzos, Juana Amaya, and Manolo Marín. Through EESDC, Nancy has had the honour of performing with great Spanish artists like Juan Ogalla, Juan Arroyo “El Junco”, Manuel Soto and most recently, Noche Flamenca in 2019. In 2015, Nancy was part of La Capitana, an ensemble that received a Dora Award nomination for Outstanding Performance. Joining the company in 1994, Nancy has gone on to teach, choreograph and design educational outreach programs for numerous schools and companies including the National Ballet, Opera Atelier and the Stratford Festival. In 2009, she completed her master’s degree in fine arts at York University with a focus on the social and political history of flamenco and is now pursuing her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.