Michelle Boulé is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and healer based in New York, who has over the past 20 years of her professional career built a well-reputed international following for her work. The New York Times wrote “When Ms. Boulé is onstage, it’s hard to take your eyes off of her...”, and she was the featured Contemporary Dance artist in The New Yorker Magazine’s dance video series.
Her work begins with the body—the information it holds and conveys and how this relates to our cultural landscape. She researches eastern and western views on somatics, healing, and the physical expression of consciousness and aims to transmit this profound and at times esoteric knowledge of the body into the space and time of performance. Ultimately, her work aspires to create space for the potential of what and who we are.
Boulé has received commissions and presentations from The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Triple Canopy, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Summer Stages Dance @ ICA Boston, River to River Festival, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, and Movement Research at Judson Church. She has also toured her work to Riga, Latvia; Dublin, Ireland; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; and San Marcos, CA. Her collaborative duo with composer/cellist Okkyung Lee was presented by The Met Breuer, send + receive festival (Winnipeg, Canada), The Stone, MoMA Junior Associates, and ISSUE Project Room. Awards received include a Distinguished Legacy Award from the University of Illinois, New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, Cloud Prize, Boekelheide Creativity Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant, and residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Extended Life Dance Development Program (2015-17), collective address, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Movement Research, and internationally at DanceHouse (Ireland), and at SKITE (France).
As a performer, she collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez from 2001-16, receiving a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” and 2015 "Bessie" nomination. She was Other artists she has worked with include Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, John Scott, Deborah Hay, Donna Uchizono, Beth Gill, and Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado). She teaches at universities and institutions throughout the North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and has also been faculty at Movement Research, The New School, Hollins University, and the University of Illinois. She maintains a in-person and online healing practice through MBodyRadiance.com.
Originally from Alaska and Montana, Anya is currently based in San Diego, California. She dances, make dances, and teaches dance in multiple contexts. Collaboration is central to her artistic practice. Anya believes in dancing with the bodies that we have in order to cultivate radical aliveness. Her choreographic work has been produced across the US and internationally. Additionally, Anya has worked with and/or performed for Sara Shelton Mann, Karen Nelson, Yolande Snaith, Leslie Seiters, Eric Geiger, Kristianne Salcines, Karen Schaffman, Justin Morrison, Brian Gerke, Nancy Stark Smith, and Ishmael Houston-Jones among others. As an activist/artist she teaches and facilitates Contact Improvisation, improvisation, somatics, and contemporary dance nationally and internationally at festivals and institutions most recently in Guatemala, Ukraine, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden. In addition to making dances and performing, Anya teaches as a Lecturer in Dance Studies at California State University San Marcos, is in the 3rd year of the Feldenkrais Method® Training program, and is a committed organizer and presenter of dance and performance wherever she lives. Anya holds an MFA in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego and undergraduate degrees in Dance and Liberal Studies from the University of Montana. www.anyacloud.com
Heidi Jones Eggert
Heidi Jones Eggert has experience teaching, choreographing and performing in private studios, professional venues, public schools, community colleges and state universities with students ranging in age from three to 83. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Montana, Heidi was a tenured Associate Professor of Dance at the College of San Mateo (California) as well as their Artistic Director and Dance Coordinator. Her performances have taken her to many parts of the country, most extensively San Francisco with MotionLab, Lizz Roman & Dancers, kelly kemp & company, raw footage, and Taproot Dance Project to name a few.
Heidi also has an extensive background teaching yoga to all ages and abilities. Welcome, Heidi!
Laurel is a UM alumni with a history of studying dance improvisation. Her curiosity about the moving body and performance in the moment has taken her all over the US and abroad--she is thrilled to share some of what she has explored with numerous dance geniuses.