MICHIYAYA Dance is a femme-centric contemporary dance theater company based in New York City. Our mission is to produce multidisciplinary performances that inspires and empowers womxn(+) with limitless boundaries.

Co-founded in fall 2015 by Anya Clarke (Long Island University Brooklyn, BFA) and Mitsuko Verdery (Carnegie Mellon University, BFA), MICHIYAYA Dance was founded with their vision to synthesize dance and visual art. MICHIYAYA honors a rich exploration in contemporary dance and centers experiences of queer womxn(+).

MICHIYAYA Dance has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Opportunity Fund. The award-winning duo was selected as PearlDiving Movement Residency artists in 2018, and received first place for their Choreographic Excellence at the 2016 International REVERBdance Festival. MICHIYAYA has been presented by Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Gelsey Kirkland Theater, Dixon Place, La MaMa Galleria, among others. Thriving as a powerful group of femme voices, MICHIYAYA has been featured by Thinx, Vice i-D, Medium, Dance Enthusiast, and more.

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, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, Center for Anti-Violence Education, Gibney, Dancing Grounds, and more. They 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 a fast growing, passionate force for the arts and education. Since 2015, we have served hundreds of youth and adults with our Engagement programs and thousands of audience members. 

14th Street Y
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Andy Warhol Museum
American College Dance Association
Brooklyn Museum
Center for Anti-Violence Education
CPR-Center for Performance Research
Dancing Grounds
Dixon Place
Dumbo Dance Festival
Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts
Infinito Gallery
La MaMa Galleria
Long Island University
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Montclair State University
Peridance Capezio Center
REVERBDance Festival
Salvatore Capezio Theater
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
Spoke the Hub's Director's Choice Showcase
Yale University

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