Michele Miller graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Park College with a B.A. degree in Dance and a minor in Accounting. Michele moved to New York in 1986 and was the manager of Dance Space, Inc. as well as the not-for-profit Evolving Arts, Inc, a New York based presenting organization. Michele began creating her own work in 1990, and was produced in New York by David Story’s Danceworks, Evolving Arts, Inc. and Eh! Vie! Danse, a Canadian dance company.
The eight dancers in Catapult Dance push the physical boundariesof movement and technique through an intense rehearsal process that builds the trust and technical skill necessary to safely execute the physical material in these pieces. The work is a collaboration of choreography from Michele Miller and improvisation of the dancers. In the past, musician, Nico Tower played live at every rehearsal, driving and inspiring the movement. Today, Kate Olson works closely with the company inside and outside rehearsal space developing an atmosphere for Catapult's work.
"As a creative artist, I am inspired by human interaction. As a parent of a teen, life is presenting many interesting questions and challenges. Creating work with Catapult is primarily a way to help me make sense of the issues arising in my own life, and sharing them with a greater community." - Michele Miller/ Artistic Director
Michele moved to Seattle in 1992 to work with the Pat Graney Company and toured extensively performing and teaching with the company for two years. In 1996, Michele opened Velocity Dance Center with KT Niehoff, now the premier modern dance center in Seattle. Michele was hired by Cornish College of the Arts in 1997 and is currently a Full Professor. Michele was the Artist- In - Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts in 2004-05, teaching modern technique, contact improvisation and improvisation. While there she collaborated with Australian choreographer John Utans to create a new work for the advanced level students,“ the new territories”, which was performed in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China as part of the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival in 2005. Her choreography has been produced in Seattle in Northwest New Works, Boost Dance Festival, Full Tilt, SIDF, 12 Minutes Max, Open Marley, On The Side, Strictly Seattle, Chop Shop and several self-produced concerts. Her choreography has been commissioned by Dance Gallery (Bellingham) , Rockhopper Dance Collective, Cornish College of the Arts, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company and Anomoly Dance Company.
As an independent artist, Michele has performed with several Seattle artists. A former member of LeGendre Performance Group and the Pat Graney Company, she was also a founding member of the all women repertory company, d9 Dance Collective. She trains in several styles of martial arts including Chen Tai Chi, Koo’s Tai Chi, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. Currently Michele owns and operates Shift Movement and Healing Arts, LLC and Halfmoon Inc. with her wife, Heather Coyle, where Michele teaches private Pilates sessions and martial arts, and creates space for the development of work by Catapult!
Catapult Dance is known for its use of a hybrid of movement forms including modern dance, contact improvisation, martial arts and physical theater. The company utilizes physical experimentation and practiced methods of falling, flying and inversions to create a sensual, kinetic, emotional landscape.
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