Founded by Artistic Director Carley Conder in 2003, CONDER|dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in Arizona. CONDER|dance is a resident arts organization of the Tempe Center for the Arts. CONDER|dance also produces Breaking Ground, a notable dance and film festival, at Tempe Center for the Arts. By creating vibrant new works, providing platforms for artists to present innovative voices in dance and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange, CONDER|dance's objective is to enlarge the artistic environment that is vital to the cultural fabric of Arizona.
Carley is Artistic Director of CONDER|dance, founded in Arizona in 2003. She has concentrated her artistic efforts through creating, teaching, producing and performing in the Phoenix area and nationally. In Arizona, her choreographic work has been performed by CONDER|dance at the Herberger Theater, the Orpheum Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Artel at the Clarendon Hotel, W Hotel and Tempe Center for the Arts. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance for the Herberger Institute for Dance and the Arts at Arizona State University and Adjunct Faculty at Scottsdale Community College.
Carley's most current projects include collaboration with Santa Barbara dance artist Valerie Huston on a full evening multi-disciplinary dance work addressing water conservation and a commissions from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin West on original works and productions to be performed at the UNESCO world heritage property.
Carley is invested in an ongoing project, "Flying Solo", where she commissions solo works from choreographers around the country for performance in national venues. Carley has commissioned and performed solos from Keith A. Thompson, Keith Johnson, Ashleigh Leite, Eric Handman, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Pamela Pietro and Nadar Rosano. She also is committed to bringing Ohad Naharin's Gaga Movement Language to Arizona, hosting an annual Gaga Workshop each summer in Tempe, Arizona.
Carley has been an invited guest artist at Brigham Young University, Snow College, Ballet Yuma, University of Texas - Pan American, University of California – Santa Barbara, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Utah Valley University, California State University - Long Beach and the University of Utah. Carley's work has been presented by White Wave at Dixon Place (New York City), Chez Bushwick at the Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), WestFest at the Martha Graham Studios (NYC), Wave Rising at the John Ryan Theater (Brooklyn), the Cama-i Dance Festival (Alaska). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet - Teaching Emphasis, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.
She was been a performing member of the Los Angeles-based company Keith Johnson/Dancers from 2001 - 2019. She was profiled as Phoenix's 100 Creatives by the Phoenix NewTimes. Producing the company’s annual Breaking Ground Festival since 2007 to support local and international artists, Carley has been the recipient of arts grants through the City of Tempe, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Target Arts Grants and the Consulate General of Israel.