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.
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.
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.