Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company is a pioneer in multicultural choreography incorporating the essence of Japanese culture and tradition into a contemporary Western dance aesthetic. The Company has participated in important occasions to promote mutual understanding, such as First Asian Pacific Heritage Week in DC; First Asian Contemporary Dance Festival, NYC; Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, NYC; International Children’s Festival in VA; and many others.
In 1978, The Company began performing in Public Schools in New York City, introducing Japanese culture to young Americans (K-12) including disadvantaged children. The program has expanded to many other cities in the U.S.
Since 2009, audience participations have been included in The Company’s program for children. After seeing dancers perform pieces with Japanese flavors and costumes, audiences are willing to participate in Japanese children’s games, and learning arm movements and steps of Japanese folk dances. It is wonderful for us to meet and joined by such open minded children.