MICHIYAYA Dance is an all-women’s contemporary dance theater company based in New York City. Co-founded in fall 2015 by Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery, MICHIYAYA Dance merges the worlds of Clarke and Verdery’s backgrounds in dance and visual art. Clarke, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Long Island University, calls on her experience in choreography, adding visceral and intuitive movement. Verdery, who has a bachelor of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, taps into her practice in performance and visual art, adding conceptually driven performative elements. Together, they produce collaborative and improvisation-based work with their dance artists. MICHIYAYA Dance was awarded the 2016 first prize for Choreographic Excellence at the 11th Annual International REVERBdance Festival. They were recently featured in the newest collection of THINX, a women's period-proof underwear line. MICHIYAYA Dance has performed at Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, CPR-Center for Performance Research, and Infinito Gallery, among others. They have taught master classes and workshops at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts Summer Intensive, LEIMAY, and CPR. They were guest choreographers for LIU’s Dance Department in 2016. MICHIYAYA Dance is currently creating its next evening-length work, titled Spline.
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