Kaori enjoyed a successful career as a professional ballet dancer before moving over to teaching. She trained in both Tokyo and London before joining the Salzburg Ballet Company in Germany on 1990 where she danced in the corps de ballet and danced soloist roles in Cinderella, Coppelia and Le Corsaire (Grand Pas de Deux). In 1992 she joined the Ballet Schindowski Company in Gelsenkirchen, Germany where she danced in the Corps de Ballet before being promoted to Soloist in 1994 and Principal in 1998. Her varied repertoire included classical ballets (the principal roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella and La Sylphide), contemporary works (including Grosse Fuge and E Muoio Disperato) and musicals (including West Side Story and Beauty and the Beast). In 2003 Kaori became the Assistant Director and Company Ballet and Rehearsal Mistress with Ballet Schindowski.
As a freelance guest teacher Kaori has taught at the Kyoko Ballet studio, Yoko Takagawa Ballet School summer course, Olympia Centre Ballet Studio in Kiel, Germany and the Classique Academy School, England. Kaori completed and was awarded the ISTD DDI ballet teaching diploma for dance instruction in 2014 and is currently studying for the ISTD DDE ballet at Chichester College.
We are delighted to welcome Kaori to the GAPA Faculty.