Artistic Director / Choreographer
Originally from Hyogo, Japan. She began her ballet training at age three and danced over 15 years in Japan. She performed major soloist roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Sylphide, and other major Grand Ballet. She was a member of Sadamatsu-Hamada Junior Ballet company in Kobe for years. In NYC, she has performed with Sokolow Theatre Ensemble, 277 danceproject and Azul Dance Theatre. She has created her ownstyle of dance since she moved in NYC. She choreographed “A Midnight Spring Dream ~Yozakura~”(2009), “An Abyss of Lament”(2010). She has worked with Long Island Ballet Theatre since 2013 and choreographed “In Your Hands”(2013), “Splash!” (2014) and “Presence~excerpt~”(2014). She directed the new production “Urashima”(2012), and choreographed some part of scenes of other production “Princess Kaguya~A Lady from the Moon” (2013 &2014) presented by Arts Cure Center. She founded Saya Spring Dance Theatre in 2015 and successfully performed "Presence ~Allegro~" in March 2015 in Manhattan. She keep choreographing new pieces "Tench"~The Beginning~ (2016), "Montague vs. Capulet" (2017), "Spark" (2019), "Awakening" (2021). She currently teaches ballet at Huntington Center for Performing Arts. Saya is the first Japanese citizen who graduated from New York University Steinhardt Dance Education / ABT Ballet Petagogy and obtained both MA in Dance Education from NYU and the certification from American Ballet Theatre in 2011. Saya is an ABT NTC Fellow, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has successfully presented students for examinations. She is also an ABT®NTC Artistic Board of Examiner.