National Tap Day Japan 2016

Celebrate National Tap Day 2017
April 22 & 23

National Tap Day Japan 2017 poster

Conceived by Saburo Nakagawa and originally produced in 1991 by Ken Ushimaru, National Tap Day Japan has grown to be the largest and most significant tap dance event in the nation. Held annually in the spring, National Tap Day Japan features a 2-hour tap extravaganza performed by the best of Japan's professional tap dancers as well as talented amateurs and dance teams from around the country. National Tap Day Japan also reaches out to other Asian countries and America to bring in guest dance teams and all-star guest performers.

Will you be in Tokyo in April? Would you like to join in the fun? Interested international dancers, friends and fans are encouraged to be in touch.

Contact the NTDJ production team at       ntd1991japan@yahoo.co.jp


Artists Profiles

The NTDJ English language website offers the opportunity to introduce many fine tap dancers, choreographers and teachers in Japan who come together each year to produce National Tap Day Japan. Brief profiles are presented in alphabetical order.

 

Yoshiya Amano

Toshiya Amano

Toshiya Amano began his tap studies in 1977, studying with Yoshio Matsumoto and later with Ryuko Sasaki. He became an instructor at the Sasaki Studio in 1985 and soon took over direction of Sasaki Studio productions and choreographed many professional shows. For six years, beginning in 1987, Amano directed the child dancers for the long running Japanese production of Annie. In 2005 after the Sasaki dance network ended its operation, Amano joined Y's Tap Dance Party where he continues teaching and performing.  Y's Tap Dance Party

Hideaki Anada

Hideaki Anada

Hideaki Anada has performed in the Japanese productions of The King and I, 42nd Street and Man of La Mancha. Anada has worked as a "tap dancing foot double" on TV, improving the view of a famous comic duo and on another occasion dubbing tap sounds for a performing pro wrestler. He has offered tap lessons to viewers of the Tokyo based morning show, Hanamaru Cafe and performs regularly as a member of Tokyo Rhythm Boys and TRB/Deluxe. He currently operates three dance studios, two TRB Tap Dance Studio locations in Tokyo and Studio “VIEW” in Chiba. Anada has produced the National Tap Day Japan performance event since 2007. TRB Tap Dance Studio | Studio “VIEW”

Tomoyuki asakawa

Tomoyuki Asakawa

Tomoyuki Asakawa is a professional musician and composer with several movie scores, TV commercials and CDs on his list of remarkable accomplishments. One of a very few men in Japan to become a professional harpist, Asakawa has performed with and backed numerous Japanese musicians in concerts and on CD. For years Asakawa studied tap as a hobby and one day came up with an idea to play marimba and tap at the same time. Bringing this idea to tap dance duo Tokyo Rhythm Boys, the two became three and now perform as Tokyo Rhythm Boys Deluxe. Tomoyuki Asakawa

Yasuko Asano

Yasuko Asano

Yasuko Asano began studying tap in 1983 with Japanese tap innovator, Ryuko Sasaki. Only four years later, Asano was teaching at the Sasaki studios. Upon Ms. Sasaki's untimely death, in 1992, Asano was among the students/teachers who kept the Sasaki teaching style active by continuing the classes in community culture centers throughout the Tokyo and Yokohama area. She opened her own studio, Y's TAP DANCE PARTY, in Totsuka,Yokohama in 2005. Y's Tap Dance Party

 

Atsu

Since beginning tap studies at age 22, Atsu has become quite active in the Tokyo dance scene, performing and producing her own shows and opening her own studio, RAG Dance Studio, with partner Natsu, in the Ikebukuro section of Tokyo. Atsu studied at New York's Broadway Dance Center, in the early 90's, where the world of Hip-Hop impacted her sense of rhythm and groove. Back in Tokyo, Atsu performed in clubs like Ginza Beer House and on TV, as a chorus dancer, (backing the famous J-pop band, TUBE) jazz vocalist and tap dancer. These days, Atsu blends ballet and jazz into her tap style to insure her performance is fun and entertaining for all. RAG Dance Studio

Doji

Doji

Doji began his tap dancing at age 9 and studied at the studio of Koyo Ukai. Doji was a member of the popular BOX-MEN tap unit and is currently dancing with the SOUND OUT hoofers quartet. As a solo performer, Doji is always searching for new ways to express himself through tap, often in collaboration with a variety of artists and dancers. He recently formed the performance unit, Volgrooma, featuring African and Brazilian instruments, guitar and bass and of course, tap. Doji's MySpace

 

Fujikawa Makoto

Makoto Fujikawa

Makoto Fujikawa is a funk style tap dancer and choreographer in Japan. Fujikawa teaches tap and hip-hop and performs as leader of the dance teams M’S TAP FACTORY and Rhythm Bank. He travels often to Taiwan where he conducts tap workshops. In August, 2000, he joined a group of Japanese dancers at the St. Louis Tap Festival. In 2008, Fujikawa produced the first annual Kawasaki Tap Festival, which repeats in August, 2009. Fujikawa is a member of The Choreographer Society of Japan. | M's Tap Factory

 

Hashimoto Sachi

Sachi Hashimoto

Sachi Hashimoto studied tap in New York City with Phil Black and Barbara Duffy. She opened her own studio, Studio GAMBA, in 2007 where she offers classes and often opens her studio as a performance venue. Hashimoto has performed internationally at the Taiwan Tap Festival and in the US, in a production of Anything Goes. Hashimoto danced in the famous tap number in the film Zatoichi and in Seijun Suzuki's film Tanukigoten. She appears frequently on both stage and in night clubs, often working with Tadashi Kato, a female vocal duo and a jazz trio as MIX-NUTS. Trained as an actress, Hashimoto's tap choreography often follows a story line, creating a dramatic world with her feet. Dance Studio GAMBA

Hideboh

Hideboh (Hideyuki Higuchi)

Born to tap dancing parents, Hideboh started tap dancing at age 6 and by 16, he was teaching. He went to the States at 22 to study tap with Henry Le Tang. Returning to Japan, Hideboh created his own style called Funk-a-Step. and formed the dance team the STRiPES. HIdeboh has performed on stage, TV and in film. He is best known for his choreography in the film Zatoichi where a large ensemble performs a spectacular tap number wearing Japanese geta (wooden sandals). Higuchi Dance Studio | Liblaze

 

Hiroko Higuchi

Hiroko Higuchi started modern ballet at age 8, tap at 13 and became a professional performer by 18. She met and married Chikayuki Higuchi and they became a tap duo specializing in comic tap numbers, performing on stage, TV and army camps during the period of US occupation. They opened Higuchi Dance Studio in 1973. These performing days may be over, but Hiroko still teaches and manages her studio. She has helped train many fine young dancers including her son Hideyuki, known as HIDEBOH. Higuchi Dance Studio has become one of the most popular dance studios in Japan. Higuchi Dance Studio

Madona Homma

Madona Homma

Madona Homma began his professional career as an actor and has appeared in many television dramas and TV commercials. Homma performed at Tap Tips, the popular night club in the Hotel New Otani from 1982 - 1988. The tap dance stage shows performed at Tap Tips were famous for their energetic and good looking young dancers. Later Homma became a busy choreographer for the stage and for TV commercials. In 1989, Homma established his own dance troupe, Madona Homma TAP Dancin' known now for its cool and sharp ensemble work. TAP Dancin' performed at National Tap Day Japan in 2007 and again in 2009. Madona Homma TAP Dancin'

Yasushi Imanishi

Yasushi Imanishi

Dancer and choreographer Yasushi Imanishi studied tap in Paris with Victor Cuno. He returned to Tokyo in 1993 to open Studio Tap 72. Performing with energy and sparkle, Imanishi always offers an optimistic mood, making everyone smile. Studio Tap 72

 

 

 

Rhythm K

Rhythm K

Let's begin with clarity "Rhythm" is this dancer's REAL NAME, not a stage name —Wow! The "K" is a stage name that refers to both her own family and her married name as well. Beginning in 1996, Rhythm K lived and worked in New York, becoming a principal dancer with Manhattan Tap, touring the US and Europe, while studying with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. she returned to Japan in 2001 and became very active in the Japanese tap scene. She can be seen in the famous "geta" tap number in "Zatoichi" and as a cast member in the film "Hoteru Binasu", or Hotel Venus. Song & Tap "heiwanomori" Hoofers

Kakizaki Takae

Takae Kakizaki

Takao Kakizaki studied with Ryuko Sasaki and eventually became an instructor in the Ryuko Sasaki Tap Dance Network, teaching at many community center dance classes. Kakizaki went out on her own in 2005 and established Tap of Heart Dance Company, where she maintains the elegant, feminine tap style of the Sasaki tradition. Tap of Heart

 

 

Kato Tadashi

Tadashi Kato

Tadashi Kato began his tap studies under Kazuhiro Abe and joined Abe's troupe, K's Company. Kato has performed in jazz clubs in the duo team, EM-CLUB and as a solo dancer. Performing with Jam Tap Dance Company, Kato shared a jam session with American tap master Jimmy Slyde. Kato teamed with dancer/choreographer Shinichi Matsumoto to celebrate the performing style of Japan's great tap team, the Nakano Brothers, in the musical, Tennessee Waltz, based on the life of singer Eri Chiemi and toured Japan for 3 years. In 2005, Kato became a licensed Tokyo street performer or "Heaven Artist", a highly competitive, audition-based, official permit. More recently, Kato formed another jazz trio of vocalist/tap dancers, called Mix-Nuts which performs in the National Tap Day Japan event. Tadashi Kato Official Website

Takahide Kawamura

Takahide Kawamura

Takahide Kawamura started tap dance at age 15. When he came to Tokyo from Kouchi on the island of Shikoku, he joined the Jam Tap Dance Company of Kuniyasu Kato. Mr. Kato brought American tap master Jimmy Slyde to perform in Japan and through these events, Kawamura met Slyde. In 1994 Kawamura went to the States to study with Jimmy Slyde. As a member of the Slyde "family", Kawamura performed along side Jimmy in the states and eventually was given the name "Taka Slyde" by Jimmy Slyde himself. Back in Japan, "Taka Slyde" now offers special workshops in fundamentals of tap and tap step rudiments and theory. He also performs in nightclubs with piano and bass as the jazz trio The Successors. Taka Tone

Takahiro Kobayashi

Taka (Takahiro Kobayashi)

Born in Tokyo in 1981, Taka has spent the 21st century studying and performing in both New York and Tokyo. His interest in hip-hop and "street dance" started early and by 2003 he was in New York studying with Derrick Grant. In 2007, Taka was licensed to dance in NY subway stations after passing the audition for the MTA's Music Under New York program. He performed at New York Tap City's Tap International and at Boston's Bean Town Tap Fest. Back in Tokyo, Taka performs with SOUND OUT, a tap quartet. Taka

 

Hiroyo Kurakata

Hiroyo Kurakata

When the influential Ryuko Sasaki passed away in 1992, many of her instructors became independent. Hiroyo Kurakata stayed on and still manages Sasaki's original studio today. Kurakata is also known as one of the founding members of the famous Sasaki dance unit, Blue Cherries. Sasaki Ryuko Tap Dance Studio

 

 

Kuriko

Kuriko

Kuriko (one name only) began tap studies at age 18 with Hideboh as her instructor. Two years later, she was teaching as well, at Hideboh's studio. Career highlights include choreography for TV dramas and commercials and a concert after party appearance during Janet Jackson's Japan tour. In 2005, Kuriko spent some time in New York, performing in the night club scene. Recently, Kuriko has teamed her tap dancing with the scat singing styles of Aya Kurosawa in a group called "utap's", a word created from "uta", Japanese for sing and of course, tap. Kuriko Tap

Satoshi Matsumoto

Satoshi Matsumoto

Satoshi Matsumoto began his professional career as an actor at age 18. His interests quickly moved toward dancing and he eventually joined the troupe at the Tokyo Disney Resort. These days Matsumoto teaches as several studios in Chiba prefecture and produces an annual stage performance called Join To The Funk. Join To The Funk

 

 

Shinichi Matsumoto

Shinichi Matsumoto

Shinichi Matsumoto began tap dancing in 1983, studying with the famous Japanese comedian and dancer Mitsuro Jin and with an American ex-patriot from Broadway, Shunny Parmisano. Matsumoto moved to San Francisco in 1986 where he studied classical tap with Stanley Kahn at the Mason-Kahn Studio. In the early 90's, back in Japan, he joined Kuniyasu Kato's Jam Tap Dance Company and in 1991 Matsumoto teamed up with Hideaki Anada to form Tokyo Rhythm Boys. With Tokyo Rhythm Boys and as a solo dancer, Matsumoto has been a participant in National Tap Day Japan since 1996. Shinichi Matsumoto's Tap Wonderland

Yoko Matsumura

Yoko Matsumura

While a child, Yoko Matsumura's family lived in New York City and by age 3, she was studying ballet at NY's Imperial School of Dancing where she received an award for "Most Improved Student." Tap lessons began at age 5 at the Donna Brooks Dance Academy. When the family returned to Japan, Matsumura added jazz dance and hip-hop to her studies. These days Matsumura often works with Makoto Fujikawa of M's Tap Factory and with her own troupe, EMA. Yoko Matsumura has become a very popular teacher conducting 25 classes around the Tokyo area.

Yukiko Smilie Misumi

Yukiko "Smilie" Misumi

A leader in the Japanese tap community, Yukiko Misumi, studied in NY in the 1980's under the great tap master Henry Le Tang. In fact, it was Mr. LeTang who gave her the nickname, “Smilie”. Smilie studied rhythm tap under Brenda Bufalino and has been greatly influenced by Dr. Jimmy Slide and by Diane Walker as well. Since 2001, Smilie has operated her own dance studio in Tokyo, known as Artistic Rhythm Tap Network (ARTN). Smilie serves as the official Japanese representative of the International Tap Association and promotes international cultural exchange through Tap. Yukiko "Smilie" Misumi Official Web Site

Natsu

Natsu

Natsu's ill health as a child motivated her to start dance lessons as a means of gaining strength. In 1988, she began tap dance training, but truly, she loves all types of dancing, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap. As Natsu's skill and reputation blossomed, she appeared in various tap shows, musicals and TV commercials. In the late 1990's Natsu and partner Atsu opened their own dance studio, RAG Dance Studio, in Tokyo. Together, they also formed a dance team, RAG Dance Project and produced a show featuring all types of dance styles. Together Natsu and Atsu traveled to Taiwan in 2007 to perform there. Here at home, Natsu is particularly active in teaching youngsters to love dancing. RAG Dance Studio

Natsuko Ito

Odoru Natsuko (Natsuko Ito)

Natsuko Ito's dance life is always expanding. Now known as Odoru Natsuko, or "Dancing Natsuko", she began with ballet studies, moved on to tap and later contemporary dance. Natsuko began tap dancing in 1994 and soon joined Akira Shirahige's Tap Kid's Special. In 1997, she flew to New York to focus her studies on tap. Returning to Tokyo, Natsuko became a licensed street performer as a leader of the dance unit, "Djembe & Tap Skippoi". Natsuko's wide-ranging collaborations have included performances with pop and jazz vocalists, euro-classical music played on marimba, and performance with flamenco dancer Eko Endo, pianist Kyoko Murosaka and modern dance artist Yukio Tomino. In 2010, she began teaching and developing her skills to bring the benefit of dance to the handicapped. Tap & Performance Odoru Natsuko

Junko Otaka

Junko Otaka

Teacher, dancer, choreographer, Junko Otaka started teaching in 1986. She established JUN TAP STUDIO in Shibuya in 2002. Otaka also teaches at several community cultural schools and sports clubs. Her student dance teams have been part of National Tap Day since 1993. Jun Tap Studio holds an annual performance event called Shake That Body with not only tap but jazz and ballet dancers as well. Her studio has an easy atmosphere and is a particularly friendly place for beginner tappers. Her choreography has a special feminine flair. Studio J / Jun Tap Studio

Pori

Pori

Pori first studied tap at university in 2001 and later took classes with RONxII. Founder of the great Japanese hoofer unit, SOUND OUT, Pori has performed from Tokyo to Taipei to Chicago. He won at one of the tap slam and cutting contests produced by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Pori was invited to Taipei as a guest performer at the Taiwan Tap Festival. In 2008, He directed the first Tokyo International Tap Festival which brought Diane Walker, Sam Weber and Jason Samuels Smith to perform in Japan. Poriblo

 

Rikiya

Rikiya

Rikiya has studied with some of the top teachers in Tokyo and New York. On the tap side, the list includes Derick Grant, Michael Dorans, Roxane Butterfly, Keiko Nojiri, and Hideboh. Rikiya studied jazz dance with Michael Assaf and Sheila Barker in New York at BDC and in Tokyo with Kumi Osaki. He has performed in the cast of the Toho production of Man Of La Mancha and in the original cast of ENCORE! at the Tokyo Disney Resort in 2001. Rikiya teaches at Space J-Cats studio. He is creating his own style combining jazz dance & tap called "PsycheStep". Space J-Cats

RONxII (Ron-Ron)

RONxII (Ron-Ron)

After studying with Hideboh, RONxII (or Ron-Ron, as he is called) performed with the dance team STRiPES. RonxII's career blossomed. He has performed at Chicago Human Rhythm Project and at Symphony Space and Judson Memorial Church in New York City, and of course, on various stages in metro Tokyo. RonxII has become well known for his talents as a dancer, as well as acting, singing, piano, choreography and stage direction. RONxII

 

Saro

Saro (Yokoyama Sadahiro)

Born in 1982 in Tokyo, Saro began theater tap studies at age 9 with Koyo Ukai and around the time of his junior year in high school he became interested in rhythm tap styles. Saro performed as a member of BOX-MEN and now as a member of SOUND OUT a great Japanese rhythm tap quartet. As a solo dancer, working closely with individual musicians, Saro tries to create a musical world all his own. Saro's Blog

 

 

Noboru Sato

Noboru Sato

Noboru Sato studied tap and jazz with Ryuko Sasaki beginning in 1980, eventually becoming one of the leading instructors with the Ryuko Sasaki Tap Dance Network. In 2000 he opened his own studio, Sugar Foot Dance Studio. Sato is well known for his choreography, serving as primary choreographer for the perennially popular Japanese production of "Annie" for many years. In 2009, Sato created choreography for the National Tap Day Kids Ensemble. Sugar Foot Dance Studio

 

Chizuka Shimazaki

Chizuka Shimazaki

Chizuka Shimazaki began studying tap and jazz under Sueko Ishibashi in 1988. Shimazaki has been teaching independently as TAP ON AIR since 1995 and opened her own studio, Studio on Air , in 2006 in Tokorozawa. “Our studio may be small, but our students are bright and full of energy,” Shimazaki has said. Shimazaki and her students have been on the bill at National Tap Day since 2007. TAP ON AIR's performance blends tap and contemporary dance, displaying a strong theatrical style and spectacular hand made costumes. TAP ON AIR

 

Rieko Shimizu

Rieko Shimizu

Born in Kiryu, Gumma prefecture, Rieko Shimizu didn't begin tap dancing till she was 19. Early in her career, while employed by the local police department, Shimizu taught tap to the members of the police band. In 1998, her classes expanded to include amateur dancers in her local community. Teaching tap and creating choreography have become central in Shimizu's life, along with marriage and raising a family, of course. Rieko Shimizu has performed at National Tap day in 2007 and in 2008. Her students joined the 2009 event while Shimizu was busy having a baby. Tap Wings, The Rieko Shimizu Tap Dance School, produces it's own TAP DANCE PLEASE from time to time, a very popular local event. Tap Wings, The Rieko Shimizu Tap Dance School

SHUN

SHUN

While only 8 years old, SHUN was already dancing and taking classes from his mother, Yuriko Hattori, a well-known ballet instructor. SHUN also studied gymnastics and then at 11, began tap lessons with Nation Tap Day member, Noburo Sato. Upon graduating high school, he left Tokyo for New York, taking tap lessons from several American master dancers including Germaine Salsberg, Barbara Duffy, Michelle Dorrance, Jared Grimes, Andrew Nemr, Jason Samuels Smith, Savion Glover and Jimmy Slyde. Crisscrossing the Pacific, SHUN has performed with or formed several dance units including Team Crazy 4 in NYC with Jared Grimes, Michelle Dorrance and Ayodele Casel and SHUN & HOOFERS in Tokyo. In 2009, he was a guest star at the opening of the LA Tap Festival and later at the 4th Queens Annual Tap Extravaganza in NY. In 2013 he was invited to participate in the Korea Tap Festival in Seoul and also appeared in a commercial for Google as a member of the TAP DANCE CREW. Today, SHUN is among the most active and energetic tap dancers on the scene in Tokyo. No Funky No Tap

Tadashi Sugitani

Tadashi Sugitani

Tadashi Sugitani is known for his cross-over collaborations between tap and fusion jazz and taiko, the famous Japanese percussion style. As the founder of the theatrical troupe, D-DANDY, Sugitani included live jazz and tap within many of his original plays. In 1993, he joined the fusion jazz bands, Jackpot and TKB, adding rhythm tap to their repertoire. In 1995, Sugitani became a member of Takamitsu Nishikawa's Taiko troupe, Koyukai. Influenced by his studies in taiko, Sugitani and fellow dancer, Kazumi Watanabe to formed the taiko/tap unit, Beat 座 Club in 2008, performing in National Tap Day for the first time in 2011. Beat 座 Club Official Web Site

Hiro Sugiura

Hiro Sugiura

Small but energetic, Hiro Sugiura's love of dance was inspired by her mother, a folk dance instructor. In 1989 Hiro began teaching under the name HIRO TAP DANCE CITY, in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka with just a few students. Hiro is known for her very theatrical choreography and these days, she leads more than 250 students from 3 years to 74 years old. Her studio is always filled with a happy spirit. In 2001, Hiro traveled to New York City with a group of students to participate and perform in Japan Festival 2001 at Carnegie Hall. Hiro Tap Dance City

Shoko Taniguchi

Shoko Taniguchi

Shoko Taniguchi began her tap studies at age 10 under Kouichi Takuhara. For two years Shoko performed as a member of the Osaka Funk Tap Dance Studio "[beis]crew" — say it, base crew. Like many tap dancers in japan, Shoko took some time to study in New York, where she joined festivals and took master classes and eventually obtained a street performer's license for the "Music Under New York" program of the MTA. Returning to japan in 2008. shoko became active in the Tokyo tap scene and produced a program focusing attention on female tap dancers, Women in Tap, in April, 2009. Shoko's Blog, Love is All We Need

Kaoru Tomita

Kaoru Tomita

Kaoru Tomita's appreciation for the rhythms of life began in her schoolgirl days when she studied jazz drumming. By 17, she was studying voice and tap and performing professionally in ballet, jazz dance and break dancing. Beginning in 1987, Tomita traveled to the States several times to study with master tappers. In 1990, Tomita established the Kaoru Tomita Tap Dance Studio from which she produces the annual Shall We Tap performance program. Kaoru Tomita Tap Dance Studio

 

Ayako Ukawa

Ayako Ukawa

Ayako Ukawa started tap at age 10, studying with Kuniyasu Kato of Jam Tap Dance Company. Mr. Kato was responsible for bringing Jimmy Slyde to Japan on several occasions and Ukawa was influenced toward jazz and tap improvisation. She began to perform in Tokyo jazz clubs and in 2000, released a CD, THE TAP, of jazz with tap dance percussion. Ukawa has also performed with accordion and with flamenco guitar as musical partners. Feel the Music, Feel the Dance

 

Yuji Uragami (Suji Tap)

Suji Tap (Yuji Uragami)

Yuji Uragami came to Tokyo at age 19 as a hip-hop dancer, joining the groups STAX GROOVE and SYMBOL-ISM. At age 24, he moved to tap dance, studied with Hideboh and eventually became one of the members of Hideboh's tap unit THE STRiPES. As Suji Tap, he danced in the movies Zatoichi and Takeshis both directed by well known Japanese director Takeshi Kitano. From 2006, Suji Tap has danced as an independent solo act in night clubs and on stage. He produces a tap jam session every Thursday at Club ANCE in Yoyogi, Tokyo allowing young hoofers to explore their talent. Suji Tap

Kazumi Watanabe

Kazumi Watanabe

In 1989, Kazumi Watanabe took off for New York and eventually studied tap for 3 years with two of the best, Henry Le Tang and Savion Glover. Watanabe returned to Tokyo in 1994 and was among the first to introduce Savion's style to young dancers in Japan. Watanabe produced the shows, HOW YOU FEEL and SHAKE OFF. He has devoted his life to tap dancing and loves to participate in various tap jam sessions around Tokyo. He has served on the production committee for National Tap Day for several years and has appeared in the annual performances many times, often with his own group of talented young hoofers, NABE GUMI.

Yoshiko

Yoshiko

Yoshiko began her tap studies at age 10 and found her way to the studios of Kaoru Tomita. Eventually she joined Kaoru's performance group, Sound Kiss, Jr. Yoshiko was quite taken with the Savion Glover show, Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk and she developed an interest in rhythm tap. In 2003, she participated in the Los Angeles Tap Festival and then went on to NYC. In New York Yoshiko took classes and workshops with Glover, Derrick Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Ayodele Casel and Roxanne Butterfly. She joined the dance crew for Roxanne’s show Hoofalogies and was in the dancing chorus for Glover's Timmy the Great. In 2005, Yoshiko appeared in Derrick Grant's number at the NY Tap Festival. These days, Yoshiko performs and teaches in Tokyo, Osaka and in Taiwan. Yoshiko's Blog

Yasuhiro Yoshino

Yasuhiro Yoshino

Kansai-based dancer Yasuhiro Yoshino is the producer of Osaka's annual Osaka Tap Collection, a major regional dance event since 2012. A specialist in Irish dance, as well as tap, since 2008 he has operated his own studio in Nishi-nakajima Higashikata, Osaka. After graduation from Stage Arts Academy in Ikebukuro,Tokyo, Yoshino studied tap dancing with Japanese tap masters, Takeo Yoshida and Koichi Takuhara and Irish dance from a member of the Riverdance company. Yoshino traveled to Ireland for more studies and in time won a 3rd prize and 1st prize award in World Irish Dance Association competitions. Finding his own style in a combination of tap and Irish dance, Yoshino formed the dance unit J-CLICK, which performs around the Kansai region. J-CLICK

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