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.
Ester is essentially the social media voice of Mile Zero Dance. She graduated from MacEwan University’s Arts & Cultural Management Program in 2016. She enjoys stories, Edmonton, the arts, cats, coconut buns, bright colours, good conversation, and going to as many of MZD’s shows as possible.