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 women(+) with limitless boundaries. Co-founded in fall 2015 by Anya and Mitsuko Clarke-Verdery, MICHIYAYA honors a rich exploration in contemporary dance and centers the experiences of queer women. Described as “revolutionary and physically” MICHIYAYA’s work has spread nationally at institutions such as Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, among others. They have been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Opportunity Fund. Thriving as a powerful group of femme voices, MICHIYAYA has been featured in Art Forum, Thinx, Vice i-D, Medium, and more.
MICHIYAYA is also dedicated to nurturing voices and creativity through movement to youth and adults of all backgrounds. They have led educational and community engagement initiatives at the American College Dance Association, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, Center for Anti-Violence Education, Gibney, 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.