MICHIYAYA Dance is a femme-identifying contemporary dance theater company based in New York City. Co-founded in fall 2015 by Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery, MICHIYAYA Dance’s vision is to produce collaborative work with a synthesis of dance and visual art. As a femme-identifying company, they challenge societal norms of female expression with work that is physical, unpredictable and raw. With backgrounds in music, dance, visual art, and performance, Anya and Mitsuko’s work interconnects their relationship between these points of communication.

MICHIYAYA Dance has received recognition from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Opportunity Fund, and the International REVERBdance Festival. They have been featured by Thinx, Vice i-D, Medium, Mask Magazine, among others. MICHIYAYA Dance has performed at venues such as Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Gelsey Kirkland Theater, Dixon Place, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, among others. In August 2018 they were artists-in-residence at PearlArts Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.

MICHIYAYA Dance also offers educational public initiatives nurturing voices and creativity to youth and adults of all backgrounds including classes, workshops, open rehearsals, and choreographic opportunities. Clarke and Verdery have taught classes and workshops at American College Dance Association, Montclair State University, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Gibney, Peridance Capezio Center, and more. They are currently creating their newest work /wē/, premiering April 25 - 28, 2019 at the 14th Street Y as a part of their 2018-2019 LABA Season.  


MICHIYAYA Dance Company, Inc. is a New York State not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that presents multidisciplinary performances to inspire and empower people with limitless boundaries.


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 Outreach programs and thousands of audience members. 

Yale University
Brooklyn Museum
Andy Warhol Museum
American College Dance Association
Dumbo Dance Festival
REVERBDance Festival
14th Street Y
Salvatore Capezio Theater
Dixon Place 'Under Exposed' Series
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
CPR-Center for Performance Research
Spoke the Hub's Director's Choice Showcase
Infinito Gallery
DOC Series
Montclair State University
Peridance Capezio Center
Dancing Grounds
Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts
Long Island University

MICHIYAYA Pittsburgh-1196.jpg