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 AUGUSTO
ate is a performing artist, choreographer and educator with over ten years of experience teaching movement practices to people of varying abilities and motivations. She first sought the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® to compliment to her daily technique classes as a professional dancer. Her specific desire was to unlock a wider range of expression in her body, and build the strength and confidence to work through nagging past injuries. Gyrotonic practices slowly became a consistent part of her training, and daily life. Helping with her initials interests, while opening a world of additional possibilities.
Kate choose to deepen her studies of this pleasant and challenging training method by becoming a Certified Trainer in both the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® avenues of the system. She studies regularly at San Francisco GYROTONIC®, and also visits each summer to teach Gyrotonic at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Program, an intensive program for aspiring and professional young dancers.
Kate opened Kinetic Body Missoula in 2016, to give Montana residents and visitors more spaces to experience the work. When not doing Gyrotonic, Kate is working with her partner, Bruno Augusto on artistic and education endeavorsrs for Arts & Above, their interdisciplinary performing arts organization also based in Missoula. www.artsandabove.org
Nicole Bradley Browning
Nicole Bradley Browning is a dance artist and educator based in Missoula, Montana, where she heads the Dance Program at the University of Montana. She has performed, improvised, presented choreography and taught throughout the US and in Taiwan. Significant inspiration for Nicole’s work comes from her experience working with great dance masters including Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, Kim Epifano, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh and the late Danna Frangione. She is interested in making dances reflective of the human experience, relationships and intimate contact between people and place, and finds great inspiration in building collaborative engagements between dance and other disciplines albeit music, media, poetry, theatre or science. Nicole specializes in contemporary modern dance, contact improvisation, improvisation and composition. At the University of Montana, where she serves as a professor of dance, she also offers a course in World Dance studies. Following the completion of her MFA at Arizona State University, Nicole held faculty positions at Bucknell University (PA) and Dance Place (DC). She has also taught for the National Dance Association of the Republic of China, Taiwan as well as for the Global Dance Summit hosted at Taipei National University of the Arts. Her co-authored article, “Taiwan’s Female Choreographers: A Generation in Transition” was published in the 2012 book, Identity and Diversity: Celebrating Dance in Taiwan. Nicole has served as a member of the board of the American College Dance Festival Association (2007-2013), and has been a recipient of grants from Dance USA and the NEA.
Shannon here. I am a Missoula native. I am child of the earth, nourished by sunlight and laughter. I dance, I surf and snowboard, I cook, I sing, and I dedicate time everyday to making space between my thoughts via meditation and expand my being through yoga. I completed a 200-hr Vinyasa teacher training in Denver, CO that equipped me with tools and embodied knowledge to share my words in a class setting. I am also certified in Pre-natal yoga, Fletcher Mat Pilates, and Kid’s Yoga. I’ve taught yoga to a variety of demographics: in university dance classes, with Montessori students, hot yogis, adults with disabilities, surfer girls, pro-yogis, mamas-to-be, dancers and beginners. Simply put, yoga for me is the answer, the cure, and a constantly evolving relationship. I am dedicated to cultivating that answer within myself and sharing it with others. As a dancer, yoga in a dance setting lays a safe foundation for movement and creation as well as provides conditioning, new pathways of exploration, alignment, better balance, and most importantly recovery & restoration for our bodies. As my practice and exploration has evolved I’ve found a deep love and need for both mediation and sound healing, participants in my class will get to experience both as compliment a dynamic Vinyasa flow.
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.