Location: New York City/Japan
Projects involved in YSDT: Against a Hard Surface, Among the Ruins, bound, Frozen Belief, Hiyaat Noor, Layered Identity, Skirt Dance, The Store
Past: Yukari Osaka is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance instructor originally from Kobe, Japan. Ms. Osaka began her ballet training with Shibata Dance Studio and continued on with Sadamatsu-Hamada Ballet School where she joined their professional ballet company. After she moved to New York, she completed the Independent Study Program at The Ailey School. Ms. Osaka has danced for Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre as a founding member since 2006. She has performed a wide range of works by choreographers such as Emmanuel Brown, Nikolai Fedorov, Dou Dou Huang, Samar Haddad King, Anthony Murphy, Yuri Ng, Christopher Rudd and Susan Tenney. Yukari has appeared in various dance/theatre performances and festivals including “Les Contes D’Hoffmann” at the Metropolitan Opera (NY), Dance Biennale Tokyo (Japan), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival (MA) and Theater Der Welt (Germany). Yukari was a ballet teacher at Sadamatsu-Hamada Ballet School. She also has offered ballet workshops for theatre performers, and contemporary dance classes and workshops to international dancers and performers.
Current: Yukari is currently performing in Against a Hard Surface with YSDT. She is also working as an actor and model around NYC.