Ayaka Kamei is a dancer/teaching artist based in New York. She is currently working with The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, Twyla Tharp, and MorDance.
Following her early training at Tatewaki Hiroko Ballet School in Ehime, Japan, she graduated from Northern Ballet School in England as well as SUNY Purchase, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a President Award for Achievement in the Conservatory of Dance. She was selected to study abroad at Codarts in the Netherlands and Springboard Danse Montréal as well.
Ayaka has performed works by choreographers such as Balanchine, Cunningham, Tudor, Roy Assaf, Aszure Barton, Jonathan Breton, Dario Dinuzzi, John Heginbotham, Jessica Lang, Austin McCormick, Keith Michael, Matthew Neenan, Alexei Ratmansky, Taryn Kaschock Russell, Bettijane Sills, and Ayako Takahashi, among others.
As a teaching artist, Ayaka has had the pleasure of teaching ballet, contemporary, jazz, and yoga in Japan and New York at places such as SUNY Purchase, Gibney Dance, 92NY, Chen Dance Center, Dance Project of Washington Heights, Artistry Dance Project, Greenwich Dance Studio, Hariyama Ballet, Tatewaki Hiroko Ballet School, Musashino University, and more. She takes a contemporary approach to the traditional forms and emphasizes the importance of musicality and fluidity in the dancing body. Dancing is a source of happiness for her, and she is delighted to share it with everybody.