Mei Yamanaka 

Where I'm From


My Dance Training

Ballet: Ballet Studio DUO in Tokyo, Japan. Trained by Yoko Tanaka and Tadao Ueda
HipHop: Studio Family, Tokyo, Japan. Trained by Miho Tanaka (L.O.F.D)
Contemporary/Modern: Dance New Amsterdam, NYC. Trained by Oliver Steel, Max Stone, Jennifer Archibald...

My Dance Experience

Arch Dance Company
Saul Ulerio + the human institution
Jenni Hong Dance
Tiffany Mills Dance Company
small Apple co.
Dai Jian
Oliver Steel
Lindsey Dietz Marchant
White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company
Kensaku Shinohara

Misuzu Hara
Mika Yanagihara
Akiko Tomikawa

Carson Reiners
Gemma Peramiquel Borjas
Malcolm Low / Formal Structure


Other Work Experience

babysitter, housekeeper

Method For Treating Body Soreness

massage, pain-relieving cream, and pain patch. Especially before I go to bed.

Dance Injuries

backache, wrist pain, knee pain, whiplash

Other Passions & Interests

I just love dance... but I also like reading books and fashion. I especially love shoes!!!!!!!!

A Cool Place I Visited While Dancing

I really loved Jacob's Pillow. I performed with Arch Dance Company there.

My Favorite Rehearsal Snack

any gummy candy :)


Music I Warm Up To


Why do you dance?

I just love dance. That's all!

What do you love about dancing?

When I am dancing, I can understand my body. That's nice feeling.

What's the hardest part of being a dancer?

I can't live just off of dance jobs, even when I have many. So it's very hard. I only want to dance...

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