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     MICHIYAYA Dance


    Contemporary / Improvisation


    MICHIYAYA Dance is a femme-centric contemporary dance theater company based in New York City. Co-founded in fall 2015 by New York natives, Anya Clarke (Long Island University Brooklyn, BFA) and Mitsuko Verdery (Carnegie Mellon University, BFA), their mission is to produce multidisciplinary work that inspires and empowers, synthesizing Clarke’s visceral yet cerebral movement with Verdery’s contextual landscape to create work that is queer, sensual, abstract and physical.

    MICHIYAYA Dance has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Opportunity Fund, and the International REVERBdance Festival. They have been presented by Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Gelsey Kirkland Theater, Dixon Place, La MaMa Galleria, among others.

    The duo was selected as 2018 PearlDiving Movement Residency artists, and have been commissioned by schools and companies such as Long Island University, Steffi Nossen School of Dance, and Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance. MICHIYAYA Dance is also dedicated to nurturing voices and creativity to youth and adults of all backgrounds, and have taught at the American College Dance Association, Montclair State University, Center for Anti-Violence Education, Gibney, Dancing Grounds, and more. Thriving as a powerful group of femme voices, MICHIYAYA Dance has been featured by Thinx, Vice i-D, Medium, and Dance Enthusiast, among others.

    Class Description:

    Artistic Directors Clarke and Verdery lead a dynamically physical and cerebral class starting with an anatomically mindful warm-up inspired by Pilates and Yoga practices. Warm-up bleeds into improvisational research, both individually and collectively. MICHIYAYA Dance repertoire is fused into class providing rich material for one's investigation; students are encouraged to make the choreography their own. Clarke and Verdery believe strongly in establishing context, building dialogues, and embracing individuality.