Michaëla St-Pierre (aka Micha), is a bilingual contemporary dance artist, born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. There she where she spent the better part of her childhood dancing or adventuring in the mountains. After high school, this northerner took her training out of the territory, moving to Toronto to study performance dance at Ryerson University. The move to the city allowed her to explore Toronto’s dance scene and to continue training in street styles while advancing her technical proficiency at school. In her four years at Ryerson, Micha has developed her artistic voice, choreographing many pieces in Choreographic Works and producing a 20-minute interdisciplinary work for New Voices. Upon completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree this April, Micha spent three weeks in Montreal at Springboard Danse Montréal, where she had the pleasure of working with Shannon Gillen and VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY as well as Guy Shomroni & Yaniv Abraham from Israël. Micha has had the honor of performing the work of many talented choreographers over the past years including James Kudelka, Louis-Laberge Côté, Mate Meszaros, Manuel Roque, Lauren Cook and Troy Feldman, Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho, Lenny De La Pena, David Earl, Tori Mehaffey, Celine Richard-Robichon, and Krista Newey. Since the inception of Borealis Soul, a collective of dancers and musicians born and raised north of 60, Micha has had the opportunity to collaborate with her team in creating and performing a handful of full-length pieces and in touring to Yukon communities. This fall, Micha had the honour of representing Northern artists alongside Borealis Soul as part of the From The North: A Travelling show from Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut. Recently Micha is most excited about creating movement for both public space and for film: In June 2018 Micha had the honour of interacting with many respected works of art during an installation performance at the Varley Art Gallery in Markham, and this past October Micha has created work for the This Is Our Place residency at The Bentway in Toronto. In film, Micha is most excited by how the camera can be a powerful and unique skill for presenting movement and conveying a message or feeling. Her most recent dance on film creation CAFO combines heavy metal drumming, dance, and a s*** ton of feathers. Coming up, Micha will embark in a creative process with Mate Meszaros and Alias Dance Project.