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JUDGES

KIDC 2022 Judges

In order to ensure that the competition is impartial and transparent, KIDC changes its judges every year. This also provides the added benefit of allowing participants to be judged from a new perspective each year.

  • Andrei Orlov

    Andrei Orlov

  • Kimiho HULBERT

    Kimiho HULBERT

  • Koichi Omae

    Koichi Omae

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    Born in Japan (Gero, Gifu pref.) on September 27th, 1979
    Studied classic ballet at Osaka University of Arts. Omae mastered contemporary dance techniques and choreography methods in full-scale there, coming under the spotlight while in school. At age 24, shortly after starting a career as a professional dancer, his left leg below the knee was amputated due to car accident. There onwards, he took in movements from a wide range of genre including yoga, martial arts, rhythmic sportive gymnastics, etc, in order to continue dancing with a single leg. He managed to build up a unique, one-and-only dance style by devising the length of the artificial leg adjusted to each dance piece. In 2009, by collaorating with Noh actor Reijiro Tsumura in the piece produced by a world renowned choreographer Alessio Silvestrin, presented as a part of Cerulean Tower Noh Theater’s regular performance, came to prominence as an enchanting amputated dancer.
    In 2010, he was given Rookie of the Year Award and Osaka Governor’s Award in performance arts at Naniwa Performing Arts Festival hosted by Japan Western Dance Association.
    Omae is expanding his field by participating as a guest dancer in numerous traditional stages abroad such as in Tallin and Prague. He was also appointed as a brand ambassador for the major ballet-goods company Chacott’s new product “Tripure”.
    Between 2015-2016, being featured in numerous NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) documentaries, he gained prominence with his one of a kind performance as a dancer beyond comparison.
    Omae also performed solo at the Rio Paralympics closing ceremony in Sept., 2017, as the baton was passed to Tokyo. There he exhibited four continuous back handsprings with his single leg.
    In December 2016, he was invited to an event to pump up Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games organized by Japan’s prestigious singer AI, where he performed solo at the Nippon Budokan.
  • Teet Kask

    Teet Kask

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    DIRECTOR-CHOREOGRAPHER
    Teet Kask, whose most recent productions include Anna Karenina and Swan Lake at Balletto di Milano, is a choreographer of international recognition. He has worked at Estonian National Opera and Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet. He has MA Choreography from famous LABAN - City University of London. Kask’s oeuvre consists of more than fifty dance performances.
  • Sergio Torrado

    Sergio Torrado

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    Born in Madrid, he studied at the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory in Madrid and at the San Francisco Ballet School. During his years at the School, he was awarded 1st Prizes in various national competitions, a silver medal at the International Competition in Havana (1996) and awarded as a Young Promise at the Vignale Festival, Italy (1996).

    In his professional career, he has been a Solo Dancer at San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Principal Dancer at Pensylvannia Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flandes, Altoo Ballet and Finnish National Ballet, in which he has danced numerous ballets by Balanchine, Roland Petit, Cranko, Tetley , Robbins, Van Manen, McMillan, Tharp and other prestigious choreographers.

    He has worked as a guess teacher at schools such as Central Youth Pennsylvania Ballet, The Rock School and Carmen Roche among others and works as a resident teacher in Valladolid Professional Dance Conservatory.

    In 2010 he worked in Hollywood as Natalie Portman's partner in the Black Swan movie.
  • Keiji Kato

    Keiji Kato

  • Satoshi Mitsui

    Satoshi Mitsui

  • HYEONGIL JEONG

    HYEONGIL JEONG

  • Yoko Tani

    Yoko Tani

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    Started dance at the age of 9 in Tokyo.
    Studied at National Ballet of Canada.
    Since 1992: Engaged several theaters across Germany, as a soloist and a guest dancer in Couburg Landestheater, Stadttheater in Wurzburg and Staatstheater in Stuttgart, guest contract as solo dancer in Karlsruhe Staatstheater, as freelance dancer in Frankfurt and Berlin.
    2005: selected as a first japanese dancer to join in Cirque du soleil, performed as a soloist for "Delirium" in 160 shows across North America.
    2009: joined in Tokyo Cirque du Soleil for "ZED" as an assistant of artistic director and choreographer.
    Since 2010-present: produce, choreograph and dance for theater, dance school, corporate event.
    Since 2009 Joined in Tony Rizzi choreography as a guest in Frankfurt and Tokyo .

    Choreographed 270 people as a general choreographer for the 2015 Kagoshima National Cultural Festival.

    2016: A three-year mission as a regional revitalization member of the Amami City Board of Education to let the people of the Amami Oshima island experience the arts of the world.
    Created opportunities for art experience by connecting local people with artists who are active in the world, such as 4 performances and art training camps.

    Among them, "Gajyuta", which incorporates the culture of the island, collaborates with the prefecture as a stage like Cirque du Soleil to create a stage with artists from all over the world and the people of the island.
    The 1,600 seats are overcrowded and are handed down as a legendary stage on the island. Among them, "Gajyuta August Dance" is still danced at the school sports festival.

    After that, worked as a freelancer again. Online lessons are also held.

    The Yoko Tani method, which incorporates the posture method, is a method that moves the body and mind so that it can be used more and more as you get older.
    Not only dancers, but if you prepare your body, you can naturally create beautiful movements that suit you.
    Conducting online at home and abroad.

    Developed unique body alignment method which is corporate Mitzvah technique around the world. Instructing domestically in Japan and International

    Skills: Ballet, contemporary, improvisation, Mitzvah technique, Taichi
    Award: in 2003, 3rd prize for choreography in International Tanz Festival in Stuttgart.
  • MASAMI SATO

    MASAMI SATO

Information will be updated as needed.

Study abroad support team

Support is charged. For details, please contact the KIDC secretariat.
(Support team does not judge the dance competition)

  • Azat Gharibyan

    Coordinator of Studying Aboard

    Azat Gharibyan

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    Started learning folk dance from Armenia at the age of 4. Joined Armenia's National Ballet Academy at the age of 8.Graduated from Waganova Ballet Academy in year 1999. Performed in National Ballet Company of Armenia, Czech, and Maliba as a soliste. Received a gold medal in Italian International Competition.
    Became the Top Invigilator of Fukuoka in the 10th "The Ballet-Con Award". Also became the 58th, 66th, and 78th Best Invigilator in NAMUE Classic Ballet Contest. Designed a charity show with the Armenia Embassy. Head of Gharibyan Ballet Academy, Gharibyan Krounk Dance Company and Ballet Aplomb.
  • Ken Ueo

    Helper of Studying Abroad

    Ken Ueo

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    As the helper of studying abroad, helps the student by coordinating with the school in multiple countries and helps the start of a new school year at a new school. From personal experience of him studying abroad in Germany, he provides support for studying abroad and also language. Recently, he's been teaching English and German in universities and multiple companies. Worked as a translator. Ken Ueno is from Fukuoka, Japan, and graduated Kobe University of Foreign Studies.
  • Masaya Yamashita

    Helper of Studying Abroad

    Masaya Yamashita

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    Studied abroad to Australia at the age of 15. After graduating from a high school in Australia started to being engaged in music.
    In 2005, started own English school in hometown and went abroad to New Zealand to see more of the world in 2011. Supported oversea students from all over the world in New Zealand.
    After coming back to Japan, started a very first private providing after school child care in KAMA city.
    Taking actions inside and outside of the country with the students.

KIDC 2021 Judges

Classic Category

  • Michael Shannon
  • Alessio Silvestrin
  • Aleksandr Buber

Classic Category・Contemporary Category・Barrier Free

  • Emi Hariyama
  • Andrei Orlov
  • Kimiho HULBERT

Contemporary Category・Barrier Free

  • Koichi Omae
  • Naoki Inui

KIDC 2020 Judges

Classic Category

  • Jaehong Park
  • Yoon Sun Hyung
  • Mio Kondo
  • Michel Faigaux
  • Vicki Attard

Classic Category・Contemporary Category

  • Iratxe Ansa

Contemporary Category

  • Sankai Juku Semimaru
  • Koichi Omae
  • Soh Soo Ji
  • Naoko Matsuda

Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, it has become difficult for the five judges invited from overseas to enter Japan.
We have no choice but to reorganize the jury members.

Judges who will not be participating

Jaehong Park, Classical Categories
Yoon Sun Hyung, Classical Categories
Vicki Attard, Classical Categories
Soh Soo Jee (Kiki) Contemporary Categories
Iratxe Ansa Classical/Contemporary Categories

KIDC 2020 Judges

Classic Category

  • Mio Kondo
  • Michel Faigaux
  • Michael Shannon
  • Ayumi Shiraishi

Classic Category・Contemporary Category・Barrier Free

  • Yoko Koike
  • Emi Hariyama

Contemporary Category・Barrier Free

  • Sankai Juku Semimaru
  • Koichi Omae
  • Naoko Matsuda

KIDC 2019 Judges

Classic Category

  • Michael Shannon
  • Rafael Avnikjan
  • Sonoko Sugimoto
  • Michel Faigaux
  • Yoon Sun Hyung

Contemporary Category

  • Sankai Juku Semimaru
  • Christopher L. Huggins
  • Yoko Koike
  • Soh Soo Ji
  • Tomohiko Tsujimoto

KIDC 2018 Judges

Classic Category

  • Svetlana Assoulyak Mikhairovna
  • Rafael Avnikjan
  • Michael Shannon
  • Sonoko Sugimoto
  • Claude Gamba
  • Yoko Koike

Contemporary Category

  • Soh Soo Ji
  • Yuko Hirai
  • Daniela Rapisarda
  • Alessandro Vacc
  • Yoko Koike

KIDC 2017 Judges

Classic Category

  • Svetlana Assoulyak Mikhairovna
  • Mihoko Maihara
  • Dai Sasaki
  • Sonoko Sugimoto
  • Yoko Koike

Contemporary Category

  • Soh Soo Ji
  • Cai Xiaoqiang
  • Daisuke Ito
  • Mihoko Maihara
  • Yoko Koike
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