Born in Shoreline, WA, Philippa Myler is a freelance contemporary dance artist trained in ballet, modern, and jazz from the age of four. Myler currently dances in Michele Miller's Catapult Dance and in works by Kim Holloway. Her other credits include South Pacific with Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest, in which she was choreographer and an ensemble member. Myler was a core company member of Karin Stevens Dance and Associate Director with Ktisk Contemporary Dance, creating and producing works as well as performing with the company. Myler has danced for Anna O’Conner and Nathan Blackwell in Velocity’s Bridge Project, Sarah Kathryn-Olds’s Serendipity Dance Brigade, Xaviera Vandermay’s 3rd Shift Dance, Coleman Pester (Tectonic Marrow Society), Connie Villines (re:flexion) and Erin Boyt’s Version Excursion. Myler has had the privilege of dancing for choreographers Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi of Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance, Kim Robards in Denver, CO, and Seattle’s Pat Graney. In 2013, she spent an inspirational two months in as Artist in Residence with Fiji’s VOU Dance, performing, teaching, and choreographing on the company. After graduating with a BA in dance and a BFA in English from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Myler co-founded the collective Triadic Dance Works, which has performed original pieces in Canada, the US, and Germany. In addition to independently showing short works at festivals in the Vancouver area, Myler has been twice commissioned to choreograph a full evening of work for Port Moody’s Wearable Art Awards Show.
Myler avidly pursues knowledge of many different ways of moving, including African dance, the traditional dance forms of the Pacific Islands, capoeira, and aerial silks. She studied contact improvisation intensively with Peter Bingham on a scholarship at EDAM and has trained with German dance companies COCOONDANCE and Tanztheater Bielefeld. Myler has attended numerous workshops and intensives in the United States and Europe, including Frey Faust’s Axis Syllabus (Berlin, DE), Gross Dance Company (Amsterdam, NL), LEVYdance (San Francisco), Pilobolus (NYC), Spectrum Dance Theatre (Seattle), and Ajkun Ballet Theatre (NYC). Myler loves to share her lifelong passion for dance with the next generation by teaching creative movement, contemporary modern, jazz, hip hop, and ballet to students of all ages and is a staff writer for SeattleDances.
Photos: KJ Dye, Olli Tumelius, Kent Kallberg, Michelle Smith Lewis. Video: Joe Lambert