Ayla Modeste (Tawakan Kimowan) is a Cree and Gwich’in dancer/story teller from Edmonton. Ayla uses her dance training to create stories that explore the healing power in expression. Her movements are integrated with emotionality, abstract, sporadic and intense curiosity. Ayla’s analytical tendency gives her fuel in attempting to unveil humanity’s patterns. She finds strength when she allows her vulnerability to shape whatever it is she is becoming or unbecoming. “Iskwetew Iskwewak” (fire women) was her most recent piece that was created to bring awareness through sexual expression in Indigenous Women. Ayla strives to bring community together in a spectrum of creative ways that may inspire people to see reality with compassion, understanding and playfulness.