CHOREOGRAPHERS IN RESIDENCE
This fall we are excited to announce Yuki Tokuda and Jennifer Mack as our Zone Choreographers. In addition to providing an incredible opportunity to our students, the Zone Program is a platform designed to bring together dancers with local choreographers. Their residency will culminate in a showcase on December 13 &14.
Yuki Tokuda, originally from Japan, and was trained under Mikiko Dei, Hideo Fukagawa and Jun Ishii, internationally recognized dancers, teachers and competition judges. She moved to the US in 2000 to continue her training in New York at the Joffrey Ballet School. Ms. Tokuda has danced professionally with USA Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet and she was the principal dancer at Continental Ballet for 7 years. She is an international guest dancer and collaborator with many companies, including Minnesota’s James Sewell Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre. She has performed many principal roles, most notably in: Le Corsaire, Don Quixote Pas de Deux, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Princess Aurora, Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Coppelia, and the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Tokuda is a faculty member at Minnesota Dance Theatre and a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. She has taught many master classes in Japan and the US including at Cathedral Dance Festival and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her choreography was chosen for Choreographer’s Evening at The Walker Arts Center and commissioned by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Woodale Church, Cerulean Fire and Japan America Society of Minnesota. She is a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board. She is the owner/designer of Yukitard, a custom dancewear company, as well as, the owner/instructor of Tokuda Ballet, a private ballet school.
Jennifer Mack is currently a member of Christopher Watson Dance Company and also works as a freelance dancer and choreographer. She graduated (Magma Cum Laude) with a B.A. in Dance Performance and a B.S. in Arts Management & International Business from UW-Stevens Point. She originally trained at Rochester Ballet School and Janet Lang Dance Studio of Rochester, MN and spent summers at: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Alvin Ailey, the Cunningham School, Steps and Broadway Dance Center. Her past professional performing career includes: 6 seasons with Continental Ballet and 5 seasons with St. Paul City Ballet/St. Paul Ballet and Alternative Motion Project in several notable Principal and Soloist roles. She also performed and toured as a guest artist all over the world with: Dance & Other Behaviors, Debra Jinza-Thayer’s Movement Architecture, Curio Dance, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, James Sewell Ballet, Jagged Edges Ensemble, Kari Jensen’s Moving Arts Ensemble, Kim Robbards Dance Company, Offleash Area, Rainy Day Cabaret, Ray Terrill & Dancers, Rosy Simas Dance Project, Spandrel, Szeged National Ballet, Vox Medusa Dance Company and other numerous independent choreographers including commercial work for Aveda, Best Buy, Cost Cutters, and Sherwin Williams Paint. Her choreography has been performed in Ireland, Hungary, MN, NYC, and WI and received several notable awards, grants, show invites and selections. As an Instructor, she has taught at numerous schools through out the US and abroad for 19 years! She prides herself on bringing out the best dancer and artist in each individual student while also making them a well rounded, grounded dancer and person in whatever they choose to chase and succeed at for a dream. Previously, she also has served as a judge for Midwest Starz Dance Competition for several years both at regional and national levels. She resides in North Minneapolis, MN with life partner, Matt Marka and their newest addition, Zuzu, who at age 2 is inspiring new work and giving her more insight and inspiration into the younger mover!