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               artistic director

kumiko sakamoto

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Choreographer, Artistic Director, Producer
KUMIKO SAKAMOTO

Profile
Learned both traditional Japanese dance and modern dance since childhood. 
After graduation from physical education course, Chukyo University, began to learn jazz dance.
Studied jazz dance under Frank Hatchett (N.Y.) from 1981 and was given degree of instructor of Vop style advance by Frank. 

Founded Masashi Action Machine, a jazz dance company with Masashi Mishiro 1990  and presented many works with gorgeous acrobatic movement. 
Extended presentation activities from Nagoya (the third largest city of Japan),  to the rest of Japan and overseas, 
The works by her choreography are speedy, sharp, and powerful through the vertical use of stage space, and are highly acclaimed original with high art qualities. 

Plays an active part as choreographer, playwright, director, and producer.

*Work Titles Awarded Championship
1989
"Sing"
National Cultural Festival in Saitama
1992
"Mure (a flock) ~Swallows"
All Japan Jazz Dance Contest in Tokyo
1992
"Strings of Spiders"
Art Festival Award in Nagoya City
1998
"Space Jam Jr."
All Japan Jazz Dance Junior Contest in Tokyo
1999
"Ants"
All Japan Jazz Dance Junior Contest in Tokyo
1999
"Moving Men"
Jazz Dance World Congress Choreography Competition in Buffalo, U.S.A.
2000
"Moving Men Jr."
All Japan Jazz Dance Junior Contest in Tokyo
2001
"Nurse"
All Japan Jazz Dance Junior Contest in Tokyo
2001
"Recruit"
All Japan Jazz Dance High School Contest in Tokyo
2004
"Miss DOLL"
All Japan Jazz Dance High School Contest in Tokyo
2008
"Cabaret"
All Japan Jazz Dance Contest in Tokyo

*Personal Awards
1995
Aichi Prefecture Governor Prize
1995
Jazz Dance World Congress Prize
1996
The President of Chukyo University Prize

*Executive Committee Chairperson [Jazz Dance World Congress, Japan 1995]

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