Ronja Ver has been living, loving, exploring, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for over 15 years. She is a dancer and dance maker, artist, activist, and teacher, a native of Finland, currently making work in the Bay Area. Her choreography has been presented by the American Dance Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance (Helsinki), Aleksanterin Teatteri (Helsinki), among others. Former posts include the National Theatre of Finland, Beyond Improvisation Collective, and Riitta Vainio Dance Company. Since 2001 she has created several full evening works for both theater and found spaces. She has performed and collaborated in works by Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas, Deborah Hay, Jaana Klevering, Mirja Tukiainen, Keith Hennessy, David Hurwith, and was proud to perform in Steve Paxton’s DVD Material for the Spine. She is currently performing with Scott Wells and Dancers in San Francisco, and is enjoying her first artist residency in the Bay area at the Garage. Ronja Ver has taught Contact Improvisation at various festivals around the world, including American Dance Festival, WCCIF (now wcciJam), and the Freiburg festival in Germany, as well as in University setting, e.g. at Hollins University, Prescott College, University of Arts and Design, and the Theatre Academy of Finland. She is a co-founder of the Finnish CI festival Skiing On Skin, and holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University.