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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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