MICHIYAYA Dance is an all-women 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 awarded the 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and Pittsburgh Opportunity Fund Grant. MICHIYAYA Dance was featured in one of the newest collections of THINX, women's period-proof underwear line. They have performed at venues such as Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Dumbo Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, among others. Clarke and Verdery have taught master classes and workshops at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, GIBNEY DAnce center, Peridance Capezio Center, Dancing Grounds, and more. They were guest choreographers for LIU’s Dance Department in 2016. They are currently creating their third evening-length work titled /wē/ premiering april 2018.


MICHIYAYA Dance Company, Inc. presents multidisciplinary performances to inspire and empower women with limitless boundaries. MICHIYAYA Dance fulfills their mission by offering public initiatives of educational workshops, apprenticeships and mentorship programs.



Our vision is to produce collaborative work with a synthesis of dance and visual art. Choreographic elements serve as a blueprint for conceptual intentions and narratives in the movement. Visual ruptures of sculptural forms and landscapes mold the bodies and space. We create abstract environments for the performers and audience to live inside. We strive to continuously create work that is experimental, curious and honest.


Yale University
Brooklyn Museum
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

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Artistic Director

Mitsuko Verdery is a New York bred performance, dance and visual artist. She received her BFA in Visual Art from Carnegie Mellon University along with a completion of the Independent Study program at the Alvin Ailey Dance School. Mitsuko has connected her training in visual art and dance to create her own movement-based performance art in the forms of live, video and photography work. She has shown her visual and performance work at the Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Miller Gallery, BRIC Arts Media Gallery, Heath Gallery, among others. Mitsuko has worked with choreographers such as: Ronald K. Brown, Sidra Bell, Earl Mosley, Jacquyln Buglisi, Francesca Harper, and Alex Ketley. Mitsuko incorporates her visual and conceptual stories to create MICHIYAYA dialogues. 

Anya Clarke

ArTistic Director 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Anya Clarke is a practicing choreographer and dance artist. She received her BFA in Dance from Long Island University where she choreographed for the American College Dance Association. Throughout her career, Anya has worked with artists such as: Matthew Rushing, Sidra Bell, Ronald K. Brown, Earl Mosley, Clifton Brown, Alenka Cizmesija, and many more. Anya has shown her work at the Brooklyn Museum, Infinito Gallery, Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center, and more. Anya is currently a Guest Teacher and Choreographer at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. She uses her performance and choreographic experience to cultivate MICHIYAYA movement. 


Photos by Umi Akiyoshi Photography


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