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A principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company, began her training in Japan at an early age in traditional Fujima Japanese Dance and modern dance with Nanako Yamada and Chizu Shoda. After graduating from Bunka Gakuin high school in Tokyo, she came to New York to study at the Joffrey Ballet School. She then received scholarships to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.

In 1983 she became one of the original members of the Martha Graham Ensemble and thereafter shortly joined the Martha Graham Dance Company.

She has performed with various other prominent companies and choreographers as well. These include Elisa Monte and Dancers, Jean Erdman Open Eye Production, Marioko Sanjo and 13 Dancers, Jun Kono Dance Troupe (Japan), the Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Muna Tseng Dance Project, Twyla Tharp and Robert Wilson.

As an individual artist, she premiered her work “Searching Dimensions” (1995) in New York. Her recent individual works are “Passage” (1996) and “Serious Garden” (1996). Both of these works were well received at their openings in Japan. In 2001, She presented 8 women piece “VOICE” and in 2008, a solo “STAGE” in Nagoya, Japan.

Her teaching credentials include numerous workshops in Japan, Arts International in Moscow with Takako Asakawa, and the Alvin Ailey School in New York. She assists master teacher and choreographer Yuriko in her Graham technique classes, reconstructions and choreography. She has also been a guest teacher at UCLA World Arts and Culture Department, Wesleyan University, State Univeristy of Florida and Atlanta Ballet. She is currently on faculty at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.

She also played a role “Topsy” and “Eliza” in Broadway production of “The King & I” directed by Christopher Renshaw, Choreographed by Jerome Robbins and Lar Lubovitch.
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