Originally from rural Saskatchewan, Gerry Morita graduated from Simon Fraser University’s dance program, and has since worked in Vancouver, Montreal, Tokyo, and Edmonton as a dancer, choreographer, performance artist and teacher and has toured Poland, Turkey, Canada, and Japan. Her body of work involves continuous inquiry into new ways of seeing movement, the body, and the spaces between us. She studies and teaches contact improvisation, Noguchi Taiso and other somatic-based techniques. As Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance in Edmonton, Alberta, she has worked with artists from all disciplines in a vast array of both conventional and site specific venues, and has received the Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Artistic Direction, the Edmonton Salute for Excellence and Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund. She has received federal, municipal and provincial grants, has sat on various peer committees, and gave a talk on collaboration at TedX Edmotnon. She recently completed an MFA at University of Alberta in Theatre Practice focusing on the use of ma in live improvisation.
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 most recently 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.
Anastasia Maywood is an independent choreographer, dancer, producer and teacher living and working in Edmonton. She holds a BA Honors (Drama) degree from University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) and an MFA in Choreography degree from York University (Toronto, ON). She is currently working for Mile Zero Dance. She is the recipient of the 2015 Good Women Dance Collective’s New Dance Award. Anastasia’s choreography has been presented in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton, including Nextfest, Soulocentric Festival, Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, What’s Cooking?, Expanse Festival, Annual Alberta Dance Festival and HerArts SkirstAFire Festival. She has co-produced two independent contemporary dance productions, I Find Myself in Unusual Places (co-producer Kelsie Acton) and Retake (co-producer Krista Posyniak), where her work was presented alongside other emerging and professional Edmonton-based artists. She has performed for Brian Webb, Cori Caulfield, Helen Husak, David Flewelling, Peggy Baker, Pyretic Productions, Just Breathe Theatre and Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy. Recently, Anastasia has presented work in Edmonton’s Chinook Series, performed with Just Breathe Theatre in the Toronto Festival of Clowns and just completed a five-week creation residency in Edmonton. She is continuing work on an upcoming double-bill production, RUCKUS, with co-producer Krista Posyniak.