Kayoko Sakoh is a native of Japan. She started her dancing career with Mihoko Yamada in Kagoshima,
Japan where she won a "New Artistic Talent" award. She began to embody her expressions by choreographing
and performing dance. In New York, she studied modern and jazz dance with Ann Marie Forsythe, Miguel Godreau
at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Milton Myers and has also studied ballet with Dr. Alfredo Corvino
(faculty member of the Julliard School for 45 years and Ballet Master to Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal)
as well as Andra Corvino and Ernesta Corvino.
Kayoko has performed with Kristin Jackson Dance, Chen & Dancers, Ernesta Corvino's Dance Circle Company and others. Since October of 1993, she joined the Rod Rodgers Dance Company (RRDC). Working with the RRDC, Ms. Sakoh has pursued her own language of dance as an individual choreographer. The pieces choreographed by her in New York have been performed at the Theater for New City, The La MaMa Theatre, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYU, Dance Space, HERE Arts Center, BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange), and Solar Powered Dance Festival. She choreographed a stage for jazz musician, Leon Parker for his Central Park Summer Stage in 1999 and also appeared in Mr. Parker's CD, "The Simple Life" as a vocalist. Also Kayoko has had her dance workshop in Japan to exchange and communicate with local dancers through dance. In June of 2008, she had performances in Kagoshima, Japan with dancers from New York to introduce New York's arts scene to Japanese audience, she collaborated with local dancers, musicians and artists in a cultural exchange.
Ms. Sakoh has expanded her ability of choreography to theater works. She is a core artist of Kurotama Project which is a performing arts development group led by the artistic director, Jun Kim. Kayoko has worked for the off-off-Broadway production, "Kutsukake Tokijiro" at the Flea Theater in 2011 and has garnered praise from New York critics, such as "violence is created in a stylized and satisfying form. -TheaterScene-"; "Fights move as dances without ever losing the sense of conflict and aggression in their grace. I've never seen anything quite like it. -nytheatre-", "The fight choreography is terrific. -Joe's View-." The company performed "SHINSAI Theaters for Japan" which was for the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Tohoku, Japan in March, 2011. She holds her dance workshop in Japan since 2003.Keep on going!