International Dance Academy Director Mikio Ikehata

The International Dance Academy has been providing a comprehensive dance instruction program at the international schools in Tokyo for more than 20 years. Ballet, jazz, tap, character and MTV dance are taught by our highly qualified teachers whose expertise and experience ensure safe training, the necessary discipline of dance and a great atmosphere. Through these well-taught, structured classes, injected with fun and enthusiasm, our students develop strength, agility, coordination, secure posture, rhythm, flexibility and musicality. Most importantly, self-confidence and self-esteem emerge naturally from expert dance instruction. All who participate will be walking tall and gracefully before you know it.
The director of The International Dance Academy, Mr. Mikio Ikehata, currently runs two dance schools, in Tokyo and in Kanagawa prefecture; his former students perform with professional ballet and dance companies worldwide. The International Dance Academy holds classes at The International School of the Sacred Heart, Seisen International School, The British School in Tokyo, The American School in Japan, New International School of Japan, and at private studios around Tokyo. We focus on the enjoyment of dance for all-beginners or advanced, once-a-week tappers or dedicated potential future ballet stars. Many of our pupils have progressed to professional dance schools, and many more have experienced dancing as a pleasure and a memory, cherished after childhood, which encouraged an appreciation of dance and movement throughout adult life Our ballet program includes preparing students for the Royal Academy of Dance examinations, and we have outstanding exam results. The Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.), which has over 13,000 members spread across 83 countries, is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organizations in the world (www.rad.org.uk). We attribute our 100 percent pass rate with the R.A.D. to the individual attention every International Dance Academy student receives throughout our ballet program and exam preparation classes.

International Dance Academy Director Mikio Ikehata
About the director MIKIO IKEHATA
Mikio Ikehata started his training and dance career with Mr. Jose' Granero and Mr. Luis Fuente in Madrid. He was a soloist in the National Theater in Mannheim, worked with the Ballet Goulbenkian in Lisbon, and later joined the Momoko Tani Ballet Company in Tokyo. He was awarded Best Dancer at the Japan Ballet Association's annual performance in August 1985. He has danced in many contemporary productions by modern choreographers from North America and Europe, and now teaches and choreographs at major ballet schools and companies in Japan. Recently he formed the Yamato City Ballet Junior Company, which will have performances annually. One member of the company, Masayoshi Onuki, won Third Prize in the Senior Division at the USA International Ballet Competition 2006 in Jackson.