Mile Zero Dance Team
Gerry Morita, Artistic Director
Originally from rural Saskatchewan, Gerry Morita has a BA in Dance from Simon Fraser University and an MFA in Theatre Practice from U of A. She has lived and worked in Vancouver, Montréal, and Tokyo as a dancer, choreographer, performance artist and teacher before moving to Edmonton and becoming Mile Zero Dance’s Artistic Director in 2006. She speaks mediocre French and Japanese, but her work has toured Poland, Turkey, Estonia, Canada, and Japan.
Her body of work involves continuous inquiry into new ways of seeing movement, the body, and the spaces between us. Morita studies and teaches contact improvisation, Noguchi Taiso and other somatic-based and improving technique, working with artists from all disciplines in a vast array of both conventional and site-specific venues. She has received the Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Artistic Direction, the Edmonton Salute for Excellence, Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund and was one of Alberta’s 25 Influential Artists recognized in 2016. She has received federal, municipal and provincial grants, has sat on various peer committees, and continues to perform.
Angèle Karosi, General Manager
A multidisciplinary artist, Angèle Karosi studied Studio Art and Art History at Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec. Since completing the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan University in 2014, Angèle has worked in the not-for-profit arts community as Gallery Services and Exhibitions Coordinator at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. She is also the Curator at Blue Plate Diner and the co-founder of Dead Vinyl Society. Angèle is now looking forward to contributing to the Mile Zero Dance Society team as the new General Manager.
Jasmine Salazar, Communications
Jasmine Salazar is a graduate of the Bachelor of Communications in Journalism program at MacEwan University. She has written on several topics—some of her favourite articles have covered skin-bleaching in Edmonton, cold pressed juice and an array of band profiles—in various publications in Edmonton including Vue Weekly, Avenue Edmonton, and Grip Magazine. More currently, she’s delved into communications and marketing with Mile Zero Dance. Though not professional trained as a dancer, Jasmine did venture into some dance education in her youth having choreographed a contemporary/jazz piece, “Love Souvenir”, for her high school’s Leaps and Bounds.
Chelsea Boos, Gallery Coordinator
Chelsea is a multidisciplinary artist and designer born in Edmonton-Amiskwaciwâskahikan where she was privileged to receive a Bachelor of Design at the University of Alberta in 2006. Boos has experience running a studio and visual art exhibition space for emerging cultural producers as the Director of The Drawing Room Studios and Salon. She also produces socially-engaged creative projects at the intersection of heritage, community, and urban geography. Boos has been involved in non-profit organizations of Arts Habitat, Quarters Arts Society, LIVINGbridge Garden, and Edmonton Arts Council as Transitory Public Art Coordinator of projects Dirt City/Dream City and Colour Alley. She won two Edmonton Urban Design Awards in 2011 and 2013 and was named Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2014.
Jodie Vandekerkhove, Education Outreach Coordinator
Jodie Vandekerkhove is a professional artist with extensive training and education in the field of dance, holding a BFA, and a MA all with focuses on dance. She has danced professionally for various choreographers and has performed for the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, KO Dance project, and Mile Zero Dance. Jodie has been a presenter for the TEDx Garneau. Women event. Jodie has a passion for teaching dance and presently is a dance instructor at Concordia University College and University of Alberta, as well is the Outreach Coordinator for Mile Zero Dance.
Julie Ferguson, C 150 Coordinator
Julie “NIUBOI” Ferguson is an Edmonton performance artist who creates the latest and greatest in #weird and brings it to you live. They are a trans non-binary alien, and a vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community. When they aren’t performing, they are the Co-Artistic Producer of Punctuate! Theatre. Follow their journey on Instagram @NIUBOI or visit www.niuboi.com to learn more.
Trent Crosby, Technical Director
Trent is an Edmonton based artist and arts enabler. A graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Production program and The Banff Centre for the Arts, Trent has spent the last seven years as a Lighting Designer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Entertainment Programmer, Site Manager, and Theatre Technician among many, many other things.
Amanda Park, Front of House
From rural Alberta, Amanda has had a passion for the arts since she was young. From playing the violin, to drawing, to being part of a choir, and getting her first taste of the performing experience.
After high school, she came out of her small town looking to start an acting career that originally took her to Red Deer College. After a few tries of unsuccessfully getting into a proper acting program, she then took two years at SAIT in Travel and Tourism, which was followed by two more years of working in a career that she did not like.
After a bit of soul-searching and a realization that she still wanted to be a part of the art world. She then applied for Arts and Cultural Management Diploma at Macewan University, and has since completed her first year in that program.