Hailing from Ehime, Japan, Ayaka Kamei is a freelance dancer/teacher in NY and Japan.
Most recently, she finished her 2-year contract with the world tour with the Phantom of the Opera. She is a recipient of the Regional Cultural Award from the Ehime Cultural Association in 2017.
Following her early training at Tatewaki Hiroko Ballet School, 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.
She has danced with many companies including The Metropolitan Opera, MorDance, New York Theater Ballet, MEI-BE WHATever, AZOTH Dance Theatre and Ayako Takahashi/Ayalis in Motion. She has performed works by choreographers such as Balanchine, Cunningham, Tudor, Roy Assaf, Aszure Barton, Carolyn Choa, Dario Dinuzzi, John Heginbotham, Jessica Lang, Austin McCormick, Keith Michael, David Needham, Matthew Neenan, Alexei Ratmansky, Taryn Kaschock Russell, Bettijane Sills and Julie Taymor/Mark Dendy, among others.
Her choreographic experience includes works for Tatewaki Hiroko Ballet School, Newsteps Series and Shapeshifter Lab with NY Japanese Women Jazz Composers.
As a teaching artist, she has had the pleasure of teaching ballet, contemporary and yoga classes in Japan and New York at places such as SUNY Purchase, Gibney Dance, Chen Dance Center, Dance Project of Washington Heights, Artistry Dance Project, Hariyama Ballet, Tatewaki Hiroko Ballet School, Musashino University, and more. Being a versatile dancer, she takes a contemporary approach to the traditional forms and emphasizes the importance of musicality and fluidity. Dancing is a source of happiness for her, and she is delighted to share it with everybody.