Ayla incorporates many forms of art into her daily life. She shares her expression through food, dance, music, painting and theater. Aya has been cooking for many years. She loves both the diversity and the nurturing outcome of preparing food for friends and family. Above all she appreciates the constant learning process that comes with being a chef. Wether she learns from people, moods, cultures, or books she strives to retain all the information she can, and incorporate it into her daily meals. Ayla studied both fine arts and theater at Ulster Community College in eastern NY. She became a connoisseur of acting and starred in a few greek tragedies along with traditional Shakespearean plays and more contemporary works. At a young age she cultivated her love for dance. She studied traditional styles of dance including Ballet, Point, Jazz, Tap, and finally was introduced to Modern dance. Modern dance opened Ayla's mind and expanded her horizons so forcefully, she practically was thrown into the world of contact improv. Today Ayla still wonders how different she might have been if she hadn't found the gloriously beautiful world of free expression. Ayla also studied Macrobiotics at the Kushi institute in Becket MA, along with the meditation of cooking and coAmplete body-mind wellness. She has been influenced by many different cultural styles of cooking including, Japanese, French, Vegan, Vegetarian, Southern comfort, Backyard grilling, Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, and Italian. Ayla strives to keep an open mind to continue her learning experiences. She holds responsibility and professionalism above all, but feels its important to stay uplifted and have fun. Her position at Earthdance is Head Chef and Kitchen Manager.