About

 Photo Brian Hartley, We Dance, Wee Groove, Shanghai 2017

Photo Brian Hartley, We Dance, Wee Groove, Shanghai 2017

Dance Artist based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Originally from Australia, Penny Chivas moved to Glasgow in 2010 and since then has contributed prolifically to the dance scene.

A co-founding director of @TheGlasgowJam with Tom Pritchard, Penny has provided platforms for the growth of Contact Improvisation in Scotland, alongside her teaching of the form both in the UK and overseas. 

She is also a freelance performer and has worked on a variety of projects, including work by Ian Spink, Plan B, Scottish Opera, Christine Devaney, Lyra Theatre, Rosina Bonsu, Caroline Bowditch (Paragon Music Ensemble) and Stillmotion involving British and international touring.

Penny has an interest in improvisation and has studied with Julyen Hamilton on numerous occasions, as well as receiving funding from Creative Scotland to further this practice. This has also taken her to Mexico to investigate further with Nicolas Nunez.

Her teaching work includes; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland -Juniors and university programmes, Anniesland College, Citymoves Aberdeen, Dance House and will teach at Scapa Festival in May 2018.

Penny is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) BA (Dance), and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Honours.

Penny also teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga at the Arlington Baths, Glasgow.

 Photo by Sean Purser

Photo by Sean Purser