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_baira/headshot_bairaShaina Branfman Baira is Co-Artistic Director of BAIRA | MVMNT PHLSPHY. Shaina was born and raised in Victoria, Texas and received her BFA in Dance at the University of Iowa. She completed her certification as a Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, and completed studies in religion and philosophy at the New York All Faiths Seminary International where she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. In 2016 Shaina was awarded the Atelier Award from the Laban Institute. Shaina is a member of The Feath3r Theory, and offers freelance interfaith mentoring and dialog throughout NYC. 

Bryan Strimpel Baira is Co-Artistic Director of BAIRA | MVMNT PHLSPHY . Originally from Carleton, Michigan, he is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B.F.A in dance. Bryan has performed and taught around the world in places such as: Colombia, South Korea, Turkey, Tajikistan, and Armenia; as well as throughout NYC. He has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance and ThirdRailProjects. Bryan is an active sound designer/musician and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Bryan is honored to have been selected as one of Dance Magazine's 'Top 25 to Watch' for 2013.

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