MICHIYAYA Dance is a femme-identifying contemporary dance theater company based in New York City. Our mission is to present multidisciplinary performances to inspire and empower humans with limitless boundaries. We are focused specifically on offering accessible, educational public initiatives nurturing voices and creativity to youth and adults of all backgrounds.
Co-founded in fall 2015 by Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery, MICHIYAYA Dance produces collaborative work with a synthesis of dance and visual art. MICHIYAYA Dance was awarded the 2016 first prize for Choreographic Excellence at the 11th International REVERBdance Festival. They were awarded the 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and Pittsburgh Opportunity Fund Grant. MICHIYAYA Dance was featured in THE FIRST ACTIVEWEAR collection of THINX, 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 classes and workshops at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, GIBNEY, Peridance Capezio Center, Dancing Grounds, and more. they are currently creating their newest work-in-progress /wē/, premiering in april 2019 at the 14th street y as a part of their 2018-2019 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 humans with limitless boundaries. We are focused specifically on offering accessible, educational public initiatives to low and middle income communities.
WHERE WE'VE BEEN + IMPACT
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.
American College Dance Association
Dumbo Dance 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
Montclair State University
Peridance Capezio Center
Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts
Long Island University
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 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.