Originally from Alaska and Montana, Anya is currently based in California. She dances, make dances, and teaches dance in multiple contexts. Collaboration is central to her artistic practice. Anyabelieves in dancing with the bodies that we have in order to cultivate radical aliveness. She teaches/facilitates contact improvisation, improvisation, and contemporary dance internationally at festivals and institutions most recently in Mexico, Austria, Sweden, Ukraine, Israel, and across the US. Working with and performing for Sara Shelton Mann and Nancy Stark Smith continues to inspire Anya about the immensity of human potential through dance. Her choreographic work has been presented across the US including by La MaMa (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson (NYC), REDCAT (LA), Highways Performance Space (LA), Pieter Performance Space (LA), and ArtPower! (SD). In addition to making dances and performing, Anya teaches as a Lecturer in Dance Studies at CSU San Marcos, is in the Feldenkrais Method® Training program, and co-directs PADL West, an independent dance presenting organization in San Diego. Anya holds an MFA in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego and a BA in Dance and Liberal Studies from the University of Montana. www.anyacloud.com
Faith Morrison was born in the tundra of Alaska and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. She completed her MFA in Dance at the University of Oregon in 2015, and received her BA in Dance and Mathematics from the University of Montana in 2010. Faith received Graduate Teaching Fellowships from 2012-2015 in the Dance Department at the University of Oregon where she taught Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Contact Improvisation. She has been a guest artist in the Dance Department at Oberlin College, The University of Idaho, and Pacific Lutheran University. Her choreographic work Within Limit, commissioned through a guest artist residency at the University of Idaho, was highlighted at the 2018 ACDA Southern Division Conference last spring. While living in Montana, Faith danced with Headwaters Dance Company and Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Company. She has also had the opportunity to perform in works by Bebe Miller, Mark Haim, Robert Guitron, Shannon Mockli, Brad Garner, Barbara Lima and Katie Scherman+Artists. For the past two years she has been a company member and instructor with Polaris Dance Theatre in Portland, OR.
Kate Jordan is the Co-Foundering Director of Arts & Above. Her work reflects life experiences through contemporary dance and performance art/installation. Occasionally she expresses through film, screen printing, and costume design. Kate’s work has been presented across the United States at venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) and ZSpace (S.F.), as well as internationally in Guatemala and Peru. With an appetite for global travel, Kate has toured countries such as St. Lucia, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Italy and Greece. As an educator she focuses on technique, expression, and performance. She is trained in classical ballet, traditional American modern dance, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, contemporary dance movement techniques, Pilates and GYROTONIC® method. From 2009-2012 she served as co-founder/co-director of the Eureka Dance Festival (DC). Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grove City College in Marketing Management, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in dance performance and choreography. In 2016 she opened Kinetic Body Missoula, the first space in Missoula dedicated to the practice of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.