Kana began her dance
training at the early age of three. She studied at the Mayumi
Minokami Ballet Academy and performed in their productions of Swan
Lake, Coppelia, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty,
Cinderella, and Giselle. Kana came to America in 1997 and has since
performed throughout the United States with the Kin Dance Company
and AnNamx Dance Productions. She has locally performed in Jazz
Dance L.A. and Dance Spectrum. Kana currently teaches Ballet at
Hama’s Dance Center, Millennium Dance Complex, Edge Performing Arts
Center and Mayfield Senior High School in Pasadena. As a dancer in
Kenji Yamaguchi’s works, she was described by the Los Angeles Times
as “elegantly tethered to an earthbound sorrow.” Her solo work has
also been called gripping and soul-searching. She also worked in the
movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” as a Japanese traditional dancer.
Recently, she got first place with Kenji at the 2006 Dance Under The
Stars Choreograph Festival.