Mika Manning is a freelance dancer and photographer residing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. She began her training in dance at Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon. While attending the Arts Umbrella Post-Secondary Program, she had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Lesley Telford, Tom Weinberger, and many others. Upon graduation she moved to San Francisco, California to continue her studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the guidance of Summer Lee Rhatigan. There, she received instruction from and performed works by Christian Burns, Alex Ketley, Courtney Mazeika, and Bobbi Jene Smith. Mika has participated in the New Dialect summer intensive, and collaborated as a dancer in the Collective Composition Lab in Banff, Alberta. She is currently working towards her BA in Art, Performance and Cinema Studies at SFU, and has recently had her photography featured in the 2020 Summer issue of Dance Current Magazine.