TEACHING

Our goal AS EDUCATORS is to create space for risk-taking, RESEARCH, AND DIALOGUE.

CONTEMPORARY CLASS

Artistic Directors Clarke and Verdery lead a dynamically physical and cerebral class starting with an anatomically mindful warm-up inspired by Pilates and Yoga practices. Warm-up bleeds into improvisational research, both individually and collectively. MICHIYAYA Dance repertoire is fused into class providing rich material for one's investigation; students are encouraged to make the choreography their own. Clarke and Verdery believe strongly in establishing context, building dialogues, and embracing individuality.


IMPROVISATIONAL MOVEMENT STUDIES

MICHIYAYA Dance's Movement Studies are experimental improvisational movement sessions guided by Artistic Directors Clarke and Verdery. They start with anatomical and imagery-driven prompts to center and warm-up participants. They then build with conceptual themes, prompting practices of: embodiment, theatricality, partnering/collective communication, dynamics and more. Participants are encouraged to explore, but also challenge their natural style of movement within the framework. These sessions serve as space for risk-taking, building connections, and finding comfort in discomfort.

WHERE WE'VE BEEN

Montclair State University
Long Island University
Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts
Gibney
Peridance Capezio Center
Dancing Grounds
Spaceworks

For more information on our classes and workshops please email info@michiyayadance.org.